More and more international students are choosing to study in Canada, and the Canadian government is also investing a lot in attracting international students. According to statistics from the Canadian Immigration Department, the number of international students was 122,700 in 2000, while the number more than tripled to 642,500 in 2019. Additionally, 30% of international students who entered Canada after 2000 have obtained permanent residency within 10 years. More specifically, 50% of students with master's degrees in Canada and 60% of those with doctorate degrees have obtained permanent residency in Canada. In addition to students with master's and doctorate degrees, the number of students who graduated from high school or college in Canada has increased by two to three times compared to 2000.
This suggests that the number of international students coming to Canada to receive higher education to get the opportunity to become permanent residents of Canada is increasing. For your information, higher education programs such as college can be easier to enter and shorter than university programs, so you may enter other higher education institutions than universities when you come to study abroad.
It was confirmed that international students with experience of working in school or after graduation had a 60% higher chance of becoming permanent residents after graduation. The reason is that most permanent residents require a career in Canada or if they have an experience in Canada, they can receive additional immigration scores, so the probability of obtaining permanent residency varies depending on their work experience.
Graduates with high-wage jobs were more likely to get permanent residency. Eighty-seven percent of graduates with annual salaries of $60,000 or more earned permanent residency, while 46 percent of graduates with annual salaries of $30,000 or less earned permanent residency. This seems to be advantageous for high-paid graduates to acquire permanent residency because they can receive additional points according to their annual salary, such as the BCPNP immigration program.
Based on the above data statistics, it seems to be a strong motivator for international students with experience working in Canada and high-paying jobs to decide on settling in Canada.
The reason why we are trying to attract international students in Canada is that international students are an essential part of Canada's economy, which not only revitalizes educational institutions but also helps to increase labor and population. International students are relatively young, have Canadian credentials, English ability, a second language, and experience in Canada or abroad, so they are talented people who cannot be missed in Canada. Also, many networks are built around international students, so we can aim to further revitalize the Canadian economy.
In the future, the Canadian Immigration Department will encourage Canadian students and maintain permanent residency more easily. As a support, once you graduate from school in Canada, you can pursue your Canadian career through Post graduation work permit (PGWP), which allows you to apply for permanent residency in Canada, and the Pathway program in May has been temporarily opened to allow students who graduate from Canadian schools to apply for permanent residency.
If you are studying in Canada or preparing to study abroad, you can also obtain permanent residency in Canada more easily, so please consider obtaining permanent residency as well.