For the second year in a row, Indian students got more than a lakh of Canadian Study Permits.
Canada granted over 4 lakh Study Permits in 2019, out of which India obtained 1.39 lakh accounting for 34.5% of the total issued. Chinese students came second receiving 21% of all the Study Permits issued.
In 2018, Canada approved 3.55 lakh Study Permits. Thus, 2019 recorded a 13.8% increase over the previous year.
Data from the past three years show a slight dip in the number of Study Permits issued to China. On the other hand, there is a significant increase in the number of international students from India. Chinese students got 84,710 Study Permits in 2019 compared to 85,165 in 2018. In contrast, the number of Study Permits granted to Indian students increased from 1.07 lakh in 2018 to 1.39 lakh in 2019. India recorded an increase of 30.3% in the number of Study Permit approvals in 2019 compared to the previous year. In 2017, Indian students received 82,990 Study Permits. Hence, India recorded a 68.3% increase over the last two years.
Canada is currently focussing on bringing in more international students to its shores. Uncertainty over the immigration policies of the US has caused more international students to choose Canada over the US.
There are several benefits to studying abroad in Canada. Immigration Experts believe that an international student who has studied in Canada is more likely to get a well-paid job and settle permanently in Canada. Ample job opportunities for international students is one of the primary reasons for the increasing number of international students in Canada.
Also, Canada is widely perceived as a safe and welcoming country. Canada also has a very friendly stance on immigration which attracts many immigrants from all over the world.
Canada is also home to several world-renowned Universities. The University of Toronto, McGill University and the University of Waterloo are just some of the well-known Universities located in Canada. However, with the UK bringing back its 2-year Post Study Work Visa, Immigration Experts believes Canada may face some stiff competition.
Canada allows international students to work part-time during their study. International students may also be eligible for a Post Graduation Work Permit valid for up to three years.
The Express Entry Program is the most popular program for migrating to Canada. International students get additional points under the Express Entry Program for work experience and education in Canada. The extra points give them an edge over others while applying for Permanent Residency. Unstable immigration rules of the US have also forced several tech companies to open offices in Canada. Hence, the number of job opportunities in the tech sector in Canada is increasing day by day, attracting more international students to the country.
Canada has also introduced several immigration programs to encourage more migrants to move to the regional and smaller communities of the country. Due to an ageing population and a competitive labour market, these areas often offer job opportunities faster than the major cities.
All international students need to obtain a Study Permit to pursue their studies in Canada. You may be exempted from a Study Permit if your study course is of very small duration. A Study Permit is not a Visa, but it is an authorization that allows international students to study at recognized educational institutions in Canada. A Study Permit is generally valid for the entire course duration with an extra 90 days which allows the student to apply for an extension or leave Canada.
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