Patrick Arsenault, Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) works with foreign nationals and permanent residents to address immigration-related legal issues and concerns.
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Being an international student in Canada can be an immensely rewarding experience. This post will focus on highlighting differences between Canada and its neighbour to the South.
Each year the Canadian Bureau of International Education (CBIE) publishes facts and figures that provide insights on international education in Canada (international students coming to Canada to study and Canadian students studying abroad). The Institute of International Education (IIE) does the same in the United States through the "Open Doors Reports". In this post, I will highlight what I believe are the three most important trends in Canada when compared with the world leader in international education: The United States.
Accelerated Growth: 54% increase in international student population in Canada from 2010 to 2018,
Canada has experienced incredible growth in the past decade. More and more students choose to come to Canada to pursue their studies for:
Unmatched Experience: 96% Of international students recommend Canada as a study destination
International students that come to Canada tend to have a great experience and close to all international students actually would recommend Canada as a study destination. On the other hand, a recent study with a small sample in the United States found that international students were dissatisfied with most services on their campus. In fact, the last Open Doors report shows that close to one international student out of five (24%) wishes to leave the United States (and that is only as a result of the political climate. There are more that want to leave for other reasons). While the data does not say if they would recommend the United States as a study destination, the fact that close to a quarter wants to leave is extremely compelling and a good indication that they probably would not recommend the United States.
Focus Immigration: 60% Of international students plan to apply for permanent residence in Canada
Canada's ambitious goal is to attract A MILLION new residents by 2021. Unlike in the United States, there is no immigration lottery system. Foreign nationals are carefully selected based on their ability to settle and thrive in Canada. That is fundamentally a different approach than in the United States where immigrants tend to struggle a lot more compared to the general population. Because international students in Canada are pursuing local credentials, already have an established support system, and are knowledgeable about Canadian society, they are given priority. A lot of effort is put into converting international students into immigrants. That means that a lot of red tape has been removed, and actually, in some cases, the red carpet is out!