2021 was a record breaking year for Canada as the North American country issued nearly 450,000 new study permits.
This broke the previous record from 2019. Before the pandemic, 400 thousand new study permits were issued but the figure dropped to 255,000 in 2020.
A major contributing factor is said to be an aggregation in arrival numbers in 2021 by students who were unable to come in 2020 due to the pandemic.
Another enabling factor is perhaps the country easing the Post Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) rules.
Before the pandemic, distance was not allowed to count towards eligibility for PGWP, but this has been temporarily relaxed until the end of August 2022 to assist those who intend to continue their Canadian study plan during the pandemic.
International students who complete their studyiee from a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) are eligible to obtain a PGWP.
This permit allows International students to garner Canadian work experience, which is crucial to their applying for Canadian Permanent Residency.
The leading countries providing International students to Canada in 2021 include:
1) India: 217,410 Students
2) China: 105,265
3) France: 26,630
4) Iran: 16,900
5) Vietnam: 16,285
6) South Korea: 15,805
7) The Philippines: 15,545
8) The United States: 14,325
9) Nigeria: 13,745
10) Mexico: 11,550