Former Canadian Study Permit Holders More Likely to Be Approved for PR

Overseas students are increasingly being seen as prospective source of competent people who may be recruited to work in Canada. This is a major motivator for establishing avenues for overseas students to seek permanent residency. Five years after getting their initial study permit, overseas students who came to Canada in the late 2000s and early 2010s had comparable rates of transition to residency. Within ten years of their arrival, roughly three out of ten overseas students who came in the 2000s became landed immigrants. This proportion increased to five out of ten master’s degree students and six out of ten doctorate degree students. Working while studying or after graduating has become more common among overseas students.

Within ten years of obtaining their initial study visa, six out of ten international students who worked throughout their studies or after graduation became landed immigrants. Higher levels of earnings from part-time work while studying or after graduation are linked to a higher possibility of permanent residence.

Change of status to permanent resident (PR)

Students from other countries are likely to come to Canada for a variety of reasons. Some may want to return to their native country after earning their Canadian credentials, while others may plan to stay in Canada for a length of time to get job experience in a developed economy.

The substantial range in transition rates by source country/region may be due to disparities in economic growth, job opportunities, and social and political environments across source nations. International students from countries with less developed economies and less favorable social and political settings may be more inclined to seek permanent residency in Canada.

Since the 1990s, the number of international students has steadily risen, and their features have evolved as well. A growing number of overseas students are arriving in the United States at the age of 18 or older to pursue a university education. The make-up of source areas has shifted as well. While Japan and the United States were the main source nations in the early 1990s, by the early 2000s, South Korea and China had surpassed them, and by the early 2010s, China and India had surpassed them.

The percentage of international students that move to the United States permanently is ……. In the ten years after the issuance of their initial study visa, between 20% and 27% of foreign students became permanent citizens, depending on the cohort of entry. The rates of transition to permanent residency, on the other hand, varied greatly depending on the source nation. International students from less-developed countries (or countries with lower GDP per capita) had greater transition rates than those from countries with higher GDP per capita.


Finally, between the early 1990s and the early 2000s, there was a significant shift in foreign students’ transition paths to permanent residency. International students who became immigrants began to apply as major applicants rather than as spouses or dependants in the economic or family classes as time went on. As a result, a greater number of former foreign student immigrants are prime-age employees who are fluent in one or both official languages and have completed a university education and job experience in Canada.

Alvito Fernandes
Alvito Fernandes

Alvito Fernandes is an experienced study abroad counselor and entrepreneur, with a passion for mentoring students. With an MBA graduate class of 2002 and a Harvard Alumni on Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies, he is well-equipped to provide expert guidance. As an ICEF certified agent, he has been recognized as Agent of the Month by Study Group UK and acknowledged as a preferred partner in Mumbai for GUS Canada. Alvito's work has had a significant impact on the lives of students, as evidenced by the testimonials of those he has helped study and migrate abroad. His straightforward and matter-of-fact advice, based on extensive industry experience and research, has earned him the trust of his clients. With a strong commitment to his students' best interests, Alvito's counseling is always aimed at preparing them to face any challenges they may encounter. His wealth of experience and constant learning from past students' experiences enable him to provide comprehensive guidance on various countries and courses.

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