Nov 14, 2017 at 12:00am ET By Alyssa Walker

We’ve told you again and again: studying in Canada is an incredible experience with opportunities galore for international students.  Despite efforts made by some provinces, like Ontario, to encourage international graduates to stay in Canada, most leave Canada after graduation. Why?

According to a 2015 survey by the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE), 59 percent of international students saw the possibility of permanent residency as a factor in deciding to study in Canada. Another survey by the British Columbia Council on Admissions and Transfer found that 63 percent of international students in B.C. planned to stay in Canada after graduation.

The reality looks different. According to Statistics Canada, between 2004 and 2013, a mere 25 percent of international students stayed—and those who did earned a lot less than Canadian-born graduates.  

What accounts for this discrepancy? Confusion over the express entry process.

There are some recent changes that may help international students decide to stay. Late last year, express entry requirements were made more advantageous for those students who had studied at Canadian post-secondary school, who had family in Canada, and whose English or French was at a high level.

Last month, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada made more changes, reducing the amount of time required for a permanent resident to be physically in Canada.

What can you do as an international student in Canada looking for permanent residency? Keep up with the rules and avoid the confusion by checking Canada’s Express Entry website.

Learn more about studying in Canada.

 

 

 

Alyssa Walker is a freelance writer, educator, and nonprofit consultant. She lives in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with her family.

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