Canada’s international student population has exploded in recent years. The country welcomed 67,000 new international students between January and April 2020 from 156 different countries.
In 2019, Canada had more than 640,000 international students, which means that its foreign student population has tripled in the past decade. International students are attracted to the high quality of education, diversity, security, affordability, work opportunities, and immigration channels from Canada. As such, Canada now welcomes international students from approximately 175 countries each year.
A first look at Canada’s international student data for 2020 shows that many students were still coming to the country until locks against coronaviruses were imposed worldwide.
Top 15 International Student countries
New data from IRCC – Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada show that Canada welcomed 67,000 students from 156 countries between January and April 2020. India remains the leading country of origin, the other main countries of origin remaining essentially the same as in 2019.
So far in 2020, the top 15 countries of origin are:
COVID-19 pandemic Impact
The number of foreign students admitted to Canada in the first four months of 2020 was lower than during the same period last year. In the first four months of 2019, Canada welcomed more than 95,000 new international students.
The major reason for the nearly 30% drop in the number of new students is the global coronavirus pandemic.
The number of Chinese students arriving in early 2020 was lower than last year, with COVID-19 blocking measures imposed by China playing a role.
Similar measures were adopted by Canada and other countries in March when the coronavirus began to spread more widely. On March 18, Canada introduced travel restrictions that have since prevented anyone who did not have a study permit as of March 16 from entering the country, unless another exemption allows them to come to Canada.
What are the things to look for in the Summer and Fall of 2020?
Canada will make an announcement later this month on its travel guidelines in July 2020 and beyond. Since IRCC has stated that it will continue to process study permits to the best of its ability, new international students should expect to be allowed to enter Canada later in 2020.
Canadian colleges and universities are currently issuing letters of acceptance to international students. A recent survey found that international students remain committed to studying in Canada despite the pandemic. Canada has put in place a number of special measures to help these students study.
Canada announced a major reform that will allow students to start their programs online and remain eligible for a post-graduation work permit.
The PGWP – Post Graduate Worker Program, can help international students gain work experience in Canada after completing their program which they can use to support their eligibility for a Canadian immigration program.
Recognizing the importance of international students to Canada’s economic and social vitality, we can expect IRCC to consider other temporary reforms to help students start their programs in the second half of 2020.
Reference is taken from CIC News
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