A record number of over 100,000 international students were welcomed into Canada in 2012, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced today. This represents a 60% increase from 2004. Minister Kenney stated that this steady growth in numbers confirms that Canada remains a destination of choice for international students because of the remarkable educational opportunities that exist in Canada’s world class institutions.
After graduating and obtaining relevant Canadian work experience, international students may become eligible for permanent residence through immigration programs such as the Canadian Experience Class. Moreover, recently proposed changes to the International Student Program would streamline work permit access to international students attending designated institutions, and provide certain study permit holders with the authority to work part-time off-campus.
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