Every year, many international students choose to study in Canada as it has excellent universities and a welcoming environment for students. The Canadian government views international students as a promising source of labor.
Between 2000 and 2019, the number of study permit holders increased from 122,700 to 642,500, according to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
International student graduates who worked during their study period or after graduation were more likely (60 percent) to become permanent residents.
Furthermore, those with higher-paying jobs were more likely to become permanent residents of Canada. For those who got their first study permit between 2005 and 2009 and had an annual salary of $50,000 or more, 87 per cent transitioned to becoming permanent residents for those with an annual salary below $20,000.
So what makes Canada a great place to settle in? It appears that having Canadian work experience and higher-paying jobs are the most vital motivating factors that affect the decision of international graduates to stay in Canada permanently.
International students are an essential part of the Canadian population, which recently returned to pre-pandemic levels because of the return of international students and other immigrants.
As such, international students may have an advantage over permanent residents from abroad with foreign credentials and work experience.