Excellent Opportunity for International Students to Become a Canadian Immigrant

More international students becoming Canadian immigrants

Canada’s vibrant labour market continues to attract more global students to immigrate to Canada for work & study. 

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The latest data from Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) saw six times rise in study permit holders in Canada in the past two decades. In absolute numbers, study permit holders increased from 122,700 to 642,500 between 2000 and 2019. Furthermore, data from Statistics Canada reveals that three out of every 10 international students transition to permanent residency in Canada within just 10 years of first receiving their study permit. 

The significant factors that contribute to the tremendous success rate in retaining international students immigrants are Canadian work experience and higher-paying jobs right after graduation. 

International student graduates who worked during their period of study or after graduation were more likely (60 percent) to become permanent residents. For those who got their first study permit between 2005 and 2009, and who had an annual salary of $50,000 or more, 87 per cent transitioned to becoming permanent residents.

Canada is Prioritizing the Immigration of International Students 

Canada is historically built on the success of immigrants in the country. With advancements in education standards and infrastructure in the country, Canada is able to attract & retain International students to benefits out of their relatively young age, their Canadian credentials, their proficiency in English or French, and in some cases, their Canadian work experience. 

During the period of their study course, student immigrants would have integrated well into their local communities and built social networks for themselves. This becomes an excellent ground to consider granting them permanent residency as well. 

How to Immigrate to Canada as an International Student? 

International students may have an advantage over permanent residents coming from abroad with foreign credentials and work experience.

An open work permit option like Post Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) is available for international students right after their graduation to earn valuable work experience in Canada. This is an open work permit that allows graduates of a designated learning institution (DLI) to work for any employer in Canada and gain invaluable Canadian work experience. 

Soon after gaining at least one year of full-time work experience in Canada and successfully demonstrating language proficiency in English or French, they can qualify for permanent residence through the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) under the Express Entry system. 

However, historic data shows that some international student graduates, particularly those with master’s and doctoral degrees and who have foreign experience, may opt to apply directly for permanent residence after graduating, rather than take the PGWP route.

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