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More than 400,000 New International Students Admitted to Canada in 2019

2019 was a big year for Canada as it recruited more than 400,000 international students from around the world. The number of study permits issued by the Canadian government has nearly doubled since 2015, with the majority of students coming from France, Nigeria, China, Japan, South Korea, the United States, Brazil, Iran, India, and Vietnam.

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Top Source Countries of Canadian International Students

Indian nationals continue to be the leading source of Canada’s international student population. In 2019, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued 140,000 study permits to Indian international students, accounting for 35 percent of all study permits issued last year.

85,000, or 21 percent, of study permits were assigned to Chinese nationals, and another 17,000 went to students from South Korea. 

The rest of the study visas were primarily issued to students from France, Vietnam, Brazil, Iran, Nigeria, the United States, and Japan.

In an effort to boost the diversity of international students coming to Canada, the federal government announced the launch of Building on Success, a new International Education Strategy (IES). 

The government has budgeted $147.9 million dollars towards this initiative over the next five years in order to encourage more students from a wider array of source countries to pursue their studies in Canada.

Why International Students are Coming to Canada

Canada continues to be one of the most sought after destinations for international students. Canada offers high quality educational institutions with affordable tuition rates, and remains the most educated country in the world.

Many students flock to Canada because of its reputation of being an open and welcoming society, and the fact that it has been ranked the best country in the world for quality of life five years running. 

Canada also offers international students the opportunity to work to support themselves during their studies. Upon completion of their degree, students are eligible to apply for a Post-Graduate Work Permit (PGWP) in order to stay and work in Canada. After obtaining enough Canadian work experience, eligible candidates can go on to apply for permanent residency.

How Canadim Can Help

The study permit grants an international student’s legal authorization to study at a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) in Canada. When applying for a study permit, a foreign national should be aware that there are eligibility requirements which must be met, as well as certain conditions with which the student must comply throughout their time in Canada. 

Canadim can help you find a program of study which suits your needs, obtain a letter of acceptance, and prepare and submit your study permit application. 

To get started, simply complete our free student assessment and one of our Educational Counsellors will contact you to discuss your immigration options!

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