Study permit holders by country of citizenship

Study permit holders by country of citizenship

IRCC recently provided the number of study permit holders by country of citizenship and year in which the permit(s) became effective. Parsai Immigration Services compiled the data of the countries with the most study permit holders from January 2019 until August 2022.

This is what we found!

Country of Citizenship2019 total2020 total2021 total2022 total (Aug)
India 138,65080,895169,565135,150
Hong Kong2,4902,6056,3457,160
United States of America6,6904,2558,2955,230
Source: IRCC, August 30, 2022

As you can see, the numbers of study permit holders continue to be dominated by Indian and Chinese citizens. Moreover, the number of from Hong Kong people with study permits is increasing sharply in recent years. On the other hand, the number of Vietnamese study permit holders is decreasing year after year.

According to the 2021 Census of Population released by Statistics Canada, for the first time, India took the top spot as the primary place of birth of new immigrants to Canada, followed by the Philippines (11.4%) and China (8.9%). In addition, the share of new immigrants from Africa also increased.

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Recent measures for International Students

  • International students will be allowed work off-Campus over 20 hours

From November 15, 2022 until December 31, 2023, international students who are in Canada and have off-campus work authorization on their study permit will be allowed to work over 20 hours per week off-campus while class is in session. There is no limit on maximum number of hours that a student can work. However, the Minister emphasized that study permit holders are still expected to balance their study and work commitments. More Info.

  • IRCC creates a transition period for distance learning

After consultation with provinces/territories and education stakeholders, IRCC decided to extend its distance learning measures. International students can now pursue their studies online from outside Canada while remaining eligible for a post-graduation work permit (PGWP), until August 31, 2023. “But they are being reduced in scope,” said the institution. More Info.

International students with expiring post-graduation work permits (PGWPs) between September 20th, 2021 and December 31, 2022, can now apply for an additional open work permit of 18 months. Also, those currently in Canada will have the ability to work in the interim period while they wait for their permits. More info.

  • International Students in private Quebec colleges won’t be eligible for PGWP

Graduates of unsubsidized private learning institutions in Quebec won’t be able to access the Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) starting September 1, 2023. According to the federal government, the measure is intended to protect the integrity of the international student program in Quebec. Moreover, the measure aligns the PGWP eligibility rules for Quebec with those in effect in other provinces. More Info.

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Immigration to Canada 2022

Despite an immigration backlog of more than 2 million applications, Canada intends to accept up to 420,000 immigrants in 2022. Of course, this approach won’t eliminate the backlog. However, it will be the first time in the history of Canada that we have accepted so many immigrants.

Canada accepts immigrants in one of the following major groups:

To explore these options please visit the following article: Canada Immigration 2022.

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