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Posted on April 02 2022

Canada breaks all time record, welcomes 450,000 international students

By  Editor
Updated October 27 2023
Canada has broken all the previous records as it has issued 450,000 study permits last year. In 2019 prior to the pandemic, 400,000 new study permits were issued, and in 2020, the number came down to 255,000. Highlights
  • 450,000 study permits issued in 2021
  • Study permits increasing every year
  • Number of PGWP permits are increasing yearly as per statistics
The table below will show all the details of invitations.
Year Invitations
2021 450,000
2020 255,000
2019 400,000

Eligibility criteria

Check your eligibility to migrate to Canada through Canada Immigration Points Calculator. Data released by IRCC IRCC releases data on a monthly basis in which it is mentioned that students who arrive to study in Canada or living outside can get a study permit easily. In July and August 2021, 200,000 study permits were released, and this was done before the starting of the academic year. IRCC also releases post year-end data for the first quarter of each new calendar year. The data consists of the list of students who have a valid study permiton December 31. The new study permits have shown the boosting of the number of candidates and it also showed the recovery of the number to the pre-pandemic level. As per the data on December 31, Canada has 622,000 students, which was a little less than the student population in 2019, which was 640,000. After the arrival of the pandemic, the number fell to 530,000 in 2020. The pandemic was started in March 2020 because of which Canada has to restrict traveling. These restrictions affected the entry of the students, but in October 2020, some relief was given to the restrictions. The relief in these restrictions allowed the international students to go to Canada for studies. The easiness in the rules of Post Graduate Work Permit also contributed in increasing the number of study permit. Distance learning count was not considered through PGWP eligibility prior to the pandemic. Now the policy has been relaxed till August 31, 2022. International students who complete their studies from a designated learning institution get the opportunity to get PGWP which helps them to attain work experience in Canada. Are you looking to study in Canada? Talk to Y-Axis Australia, the leading migration consultant agency in Australia. If you found this blog engaging, you may also like… How to justify gap years in your education while writing a Statement of Purpose?



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