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Study: International students face unique disadvantage when trying to become permanent residents in Canada

Accordingly, says the Conference Board, “Canada needs purpose-built immigration pathways for international students [that ensures] faster and more predictable immigration journeys.”

Let’s now dive into the key takeaways from their research study.

What is the problem?

Completing studies alone will rarely enable international students to qualify for PR in Canada.

In fact, among international students in the 2010-2019 cohort who received PR by December 2020, only twelve percent did so without needing to obtain a work permit after completing either one level (nine percent) or two-plus levels (three percent) of study. Much of the outstanding 88% had to rely on a combination of their studies and either one (60%) or two-plus (< 20%) post-education work permits to obtain PR in this country.

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