Toronto: A new record number of Indians received study permits at Canadian institutions this year, but those who thought this would provide a guaranteed path to immigration may be in for a shock of reality.
“They’re making promises that these students will be able to graduate and become permanent residents relatively easily, but again if you look at the number of international students that come in and the program that typically serves them, which is the Canadian Experience Class, it just doesn’t get them all. room to be able to,” said Ravi Jain, founder of the Canadian Immigration Lawyers Association.
The numbers rose after a period of decline due to restrictions linked to the Covid-19 pandemic. According to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) datasets, of the 440,000 study permits issued worldwide through October 2022, nearly 164,000, or more than 37%, were for Indian students. The final numbers for 2022, which are not yet available, will easily surpass the previous record of about 170,000 Indian students in 2021.
Many of them will be looking to become Permanent Residents (PRs), which is the appeal of India-based education sector recruiters. As Jain said, “They are selling a fairy tale and that is a big problem.”
This was also the conclusion of a CBC News investigative report in October, which stated: “Attracted by the promise of a secondary school education and the chance to build a life here, thousands of foreign students come every year to find what they were promised and their families often pay for.” what they had is not what is waiting for them.”
He cited a 2021 report from Statistics Canada, which said: “Among international students who arrived in the 2000s, about 3 in 10 became immigrants within 10 years of arrival.”
In October this year, IRCC said there were already more than 500,000 international students in Canada.
Jain explained that the entire immigration category that served these students’ immigration aspirations, the Highly Skilled scheme, which includes the Canadian Experience Class, has much less room than the flood of international students, despite the more ambitious goals recently announced by the Canadian government. the month The total, at the top end, is 82,880 by 2023, rising to 109,020 the following year and 114,000 in 2025.
These numbers are not enough to accommodate students from India alone. “We have to be honest with people and I think this will lead to communication from the government that obtaining a study permit does not necessarily lead to permanent residence. They should be transparent about the numbers,” felt Jain.