Most international students planning to live full-time in Canada after graduation are instead returning home due to confusion about immigration programs and a lack of coordination between provincial and federal governments, report Bala Yogesh and Stuart Neatby. The authors note that this trend is occurring at the same time as Canadian immigration officials are touting international students as Canada’s preferred stream of immigrants. According to a 2015 survey by the Canadian Bureau for International Education, 59% of international students viewed the potential of permanent residency as a deciding factor in their decision to study in Canada. But according to Statistics Canada, between 2004 and 2013, only 25% of international students actually gained permanent residency after their studies.

The Province

Leave a comment