Recent reports from Canada revealed an increase of 116% in study permits issued in the last three years, wherein Indian migrants are on top with 226,450 applications.
Canada has consistently topped the chart of being the host for international students. The country welcomes approximately 551,405 international students from around the world. In the past three years, there is an increase of almost 116%.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) reported that the high number of overseas students have set new records. From 2020 to 2022, there is a huge jump from 255,695 to 551,405 in applicants coming to Canada. India ranks first in sending most international students to Canada in 2022 with 226,450 students followed by China. The Philippines, France, and Nigeria are behind China in the lead with the most international students.
The numbers of study permits issued in 2022 were 444,260 with a 24.1% increase compared to the previous year. In 2015, the study permits were around 219,000 which further increased by 151.74 percent in 2022. However, due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the application number fell by 36 percent. Applications for study permits were 400,660 in 2019 which later fall to 255,695 in 2020.
Ministers in Canada are working towards streamlining the study permit process so that students can complete their studies on time. Additionally, streamlining the processing time of study permits will help international students to get into Canada at the appropriate time.
International students holding valid study permits as of 31st December 2022 are 807,750, setting a high-time record.