Keeping international students back in Canada after they finish their studies is a goal for Canadian stakeholders but the government lacks a plan to coordinate between providing permits and selecting international students for immigration as per a report by Conference Board of Canada.
You can read the data from Conference Board of Canada here: https://www.cicnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/From-Student-to-Immigrant-Multi-step-Pathways-to-Permanent-Residence.pdf
International students thus have friction with the immigration system. It goes on to say that because enrollment rates for students are outpacing those for expected levels of permanent immigration.
According to the data, 88% of students who successfully applied for and were granted permanent residence had to go through multiple temporary permission streams and hold various permits can “raise vulnerability” for individuals attempting to obtain PR.
Over the past ten years, a number of programmes have been launched to attempt and increase the number of international students entering the nation. According to CBIE data, 60% of these students are coming to Canada with the intention of gaining permanent residency.
Also the Provincial Nominee Program is the most popular way for overseas students to get permanent status. Overall, all the provinces tend to nominate people with highly sought-after abilities or people with connections to the province that could contribute to long-term retention.”
Even CBC concedes that there just isn’t enough room, and the difference between those who have a permit and those who eventually receive PR is definitely widening as more international students hunt for professions that could lead to them obtaining permanent residency.
The CBC in it’s report advised that the provincial and federal governments play a bigger part in “guiding policies that relate to international students.” It also proposed that IRCC must design an international student immigration and settlement policy in collaboration with provincial/territorial administrations.”
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