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Canada Budgets $148m To Boost Intake Of International Students From Other Countries

Canada’s federal government has announced its intention to spend about $148 million to boosts the intake of international students to study in Canada from other variety of countries.

Out of the 572,415 Canada Student visa holders at the end of 2018, Fifty-Five (55) per cent (or 315,610) came from China or India.

Now the federal government is committed to attracting more from other countries, by spending about $30 million each year on a new recruitment effort.

Justin Trudeau’s Liberals have a plan to target countries where the middle class is growing but the universities and colleges do not have sufficient room to meet the demands.

Canada will also look to recruit based on the appeal of acquiring a Canadian education, and the prospect of settling here after graduation.

Countries central to the marketing effort include Colombia, Brazil, Vietnam, Mexico, Morocco, the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Turkey, France and Ukraine.

Many are already in the top Twenty (20) list of source countries for Student visa holders above, meaning the goal is to build those international students populations.

Canadian government also wants to promote schools outside the country’s major cities. Much like newcomers to Canada, Student visa or study permit holders are drawn to popular universities and colleges in major cities such as Vancouver, Montreal, and Toronto.

The challenge is to transfer some of the economic benefits connected to welcoming international students to other provinces and other places within the provinces.

Government resources will also be allocated to encouraging Canadian citizen to study abroad, outside popular countries like the U.S., the United Kingdom and Australia. Officials want to see Canadians spending time studying in Latin America and Asia in particular.

Statistics show lesser Canadian undergraduates study in various countries than their peers in other wealthy advanced nations.

Attracting international students has been a key pillar or focal point of Canada’s immigration policy under the Liberals.

The reports by Global Affairs Canada reveals international students spent $21 billion in Canada in 2018, giving more to the economy than the export markets for car parts, aircraft anf lumber.

Since 2012, the numbers of international students in Canada have increased massively, according to our government study permit figures.

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The Student Direct Stream

In 2018, the government of Canada launched the Student Direct Stream, providing expedited processing for international students from key Asian markets: China, India, Vietnam, Pakistan, the Philippines.

To be eligible, applicants must submit upfront proof of:

  • First year tuition payment at a designated learning institution (DLI).
  • Purchase of a Guaranteed Investment Certificate of $10,000 is made
  • Completion of an upfront police certificate and medical examination (if required).
  • The eligible score of at least six (6) for English (IELTS), or Niveaux de compétence Linguistique canadiens score of Seven (7) for French (TEF), or graduation from a Canadian-secondary or high school.

Canada sees international students as key new permanent residents, given their age, Canadian education, language ability, and Canadian life experience.