Update on CIC International Student
Program
The ICEF North America Workshop
Toronto, May 2013
To provide an update on Canada’s International 
Student Program, including:
 Trends on the international student movement...
• The Immigration and Refugee Protection Act  (IRPA) regulates the entry of all 
international students into Canada
• The ...
Work Permit Programs
4
Working Off Campus
‐ Any publicly funded, post‐secondary educational institution or certain program...
Permanent Immigration Streams
5
Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
• Launched in September 2008 to allow international gradua...
International Student Trends
6
Increasing Numbers of International Students
 Annual entries increasing in
recent years
 104,777 study permit
holders en...
Student Entries by Province/Territory of Destination
8
Student Entries by PT, 2011-12
Source: Citizenship and Immigration ...
Student Entries by Level of Study
9
 Largest share of 
international students 
destined to universities
‐ 42,904 students...
Student Entries by Top 10 Source Countries, 2011-12
10
 Students from China (25,342) 
and India (13,133) represented 
37%...
 Number of former students choosing to immigrate is increasing, noting growing 
importance of post‐graduation employment ...
CIC’s current operational context
12
Study Permit Processing: Overseas
13
• 81% approval rate globally in 2012, and 80% of SP decisions finalized within 42 day...
Study Permit Processing: Inland
14
Date
Study Permit Application
Online Paper
As of May 1, 2013 42 Days 76 Days
Source: Ce...
Visa Office Closures
15
Damascus
Tehran
Berlin
Dhaka
Kuala Lumpur
Tokyo
Belgrade
Caracas
Seoul
Buffalo, Detroit, Seattle
B...
Modernization and Service Improvement
16
• Recent months have seen many online innovations toward service improvement
• In...
• VACs are service provider companies that offer administrative support to clients who are 
applying as temporary resident...
Other Policy and Program Updates
18
Biometrics
19
• Beginning in 2013 visitors, international students and foreign workers from certain visa‐
required countri...
• Improving Canada’s standing as a destination of choice for international 
students is a priority for federal and provinc...
On coming into force,  as of January 1, 2014, per pre‐published Regulations in 
Canada Gazette:
• Individuals who already ...
Questions
Citizenship and Immigration Canada:
– CIC Call Centre: 1‐888‐242‐2100
– CIC Help Centre: http://www.cic.gc.ca/en...
END
23
Upcoming SlideShare
Loading in …5
×

Canada's International Student Program

644 views

Published on

Canada is accepting more and more international students, and more of those international students are deciding to immigrate, according to recent data from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). CIC is also rolling out new initiatives to help improve visa application processing times for international students.

For more information and background on visa application processing for international students please see our ICEF Monitor article: “Canada aims to streamline student visa processing” http://bit.ly/Vj9qZ1.

For more industry news, market intelligence, research and commentary for international student recruitment please visit http://www.icefmonitor.com, subscribe for free daily or weekly updates, and follow us on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/icefmonitor.

Published in: Education
0 Comments
1 Like
Statistics
Notes
  • Be the first to comment

No Downloads
Views
Total views
644
On SlideShare
0
From Embeds
0
Number of Embeds
1
Actions
Shares
0
Downloads
14
Comments
0
Likes
1
Embeds 0
No embeds

No notes for slide

Canada's International Student Program

  1. 1. Update on CIC International Student Program The ICEF North America Workshop Toronto, May 2013
  2. 2. To provide an update on Canada’s International  Student Program, including:  Trends on the international student movement in Canada  CIC’s current operational context  Policy and program updates Purpose 2
  3. 3. • The Immigration and Refugee Protection Act  (IRPA) regulates the entry of all  international students into Canada • The federal government supports Canada’s national security interests by ensuring the  integrity of the study permit program and preventing the entry of non‐genuine students • CIC and the Canada Border Services Agency are responsible for the implementation of  the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and regulations, and for managing the entry  of foreign nationals into Canada for study/work purposes (a.k.a. Canada’s International  Student Program) • Numbers driven by demand by international students for education in Canada and there  are no numerical limits/quotas • Study Permit applications to Canadian Embassies, Missions abroad or at a Canadian Port  of Entry must meet certain documentation, financial and security requirements • Study permits not required for: - Short term course (six month or less) - Courses of general interest or self‐improvement  - Audited courses - Distance learning  - Kindergarten International Student Program: Overview 3
  4. 4. Work Permit Programs 4 Working Off Campus ‐ Any publicly funded, post‐secondary educational institution or certain programs in private post‐secondary institutions authorized by  provincial or territorial statute to confer degrees, located within a province/territory that has signed an MOU with CIC ‐ Open work permits for duration of study, without need for an HRSDC Labour Market Opinion (LMO) Post Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) ‐ Any course/program delivered by a university, community degree‐granting college, CÉGEP, publicly funded trade/technical school, or private  institutions authorized by provincial statute to confer degrees ‐ Open Work Permit, valid for up to 3 years, without need for an HRSDC LMO Working On Campus ‐ Any course/program delivered by a university, community degree‐granting college, CÉGEP, publicly funded trade/technical school, or private  institutions authorized by provincial statute to confer degrees ‐ Full time studies, no Work Permit required Spousal Employment ‐ Any course/program delivered by a university, community degree‐granting college, CÉGEP, publicly funded trade/technical school, or private  institutions authorized by provincial statute to confer degrees  ‐ Spouses of international students eligible for open Work Permits, without need for an HRSDC LMO ‐ The Work Permit validity will coincide with the spouse’s Study Permit, or the period of time the principal applicant is entitled to work after  graduation Co‐op and internships ‐ Any university, college or school, including language schools and career colleges ‐ The co‐op or internship must be an essential part of the program of studies ‐ Work should not represent more than 50% of the total length of the program of studies. Work permits issued without need for an HRSDC  LMO
  5. 5. Permanent Immigration Streams 5 Canadian Experience Class (CEC) • Launched in September 2008 to allow international graduates and temporary foreign workers who  have demonstrated success in the Canadian labour market to remain permanently in Canada  • Allows foreign nationals with intermediate official language ability and who have at least one year of  full‐time (or equivalent) skilled work experience gained within past 36 months to be eligible for PR • Work experience gained on student work permits does not count as eligible for the CEC Federal Skilled Worker Program • International students at the PhD level are eligible to apply as FSWs, provided that they meet the  program requirements as any other skilled worker • International graduates can also apply if they have a qualifying offer of arranged employment or one  year of work experience in one of the program’s 24 eligible occupations  • Obtaining a Canadian PSE degree and professional work experience in Canada can assist a student in  immigrating permanently by allowing them access to a work permit under the PGWP which would  help them earn qualifying work experience • Information about FSW requirements: www.cic.gc.ca/english/immigrate/skilled/index.asp • If planning to immigrate to Quebec as a Skilled Worker, different requirements apply:  http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/immigrate/quebec/index.asp Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) • Provinces have own permanent immigration programs, and some provinces prioritize graduates  interested in immigrating permanently: ww.cic.gc.ca/english/immigrate/provincial/index.asp
  6. 6. International Student Trends 6
  7. 7. Increasing Numbers of International Students  Annual entries increasing in recent years  104,777 study permit holders entered Canada in 2012  Total number of students residing in Canada also increasing  265,377 study permit holders residing in Canada (as of December 1, 2012) Source: Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Preliminary 2012. Students Residing in Canada on Dec. 1 Annual Entries of International Students, 2008-12 79.264 84.870 95.257 98.392 104.777 0 20.000 40.000 60.000 80.000 100.000 120.000 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
  8. 8. Student Entries by Province/Territory of Destination 8 Student Entries by PT, 2011-12 Source: Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Preliminary 2012. 0 10.000 20.000 30.000 40.000 50.000 45.401 26.639 16.770 6.344 3.169 2.636 1.617 1.252 643 274 26 2011 2012
  9. 9. Student Entries by Level of Study 9  Largest share of  international students  destined to universities ‐ 42,904 students entered  Canada at university level  in 2012 (41% of Canadian  total)  26,191 students entered in  the “Other PSE” category  (25% of Canadian total)  23,745 students entered at  K‐12 level (23% of Canadian  total) Student Entries by Level of Study, 2011-12 Source: Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Preliminary 2012.
  10. 10. Student Entries by Top 10 Source Countries, 2011-12 10  Students from China (25,342)  and India (13,133) represented  37% of total annual entries of  foreign students in Canada in  2012  Followed by Rep. Korea, France  and USA  Top 10 source countries  represented nearly 70% of  annual entries to Canada Student Entries by Top 10 Source Countries, 2011-12 Source: Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Preliminary 2012.
  11. 11.  Number of former students choosing to immigrate is increasing, noting growing  importance of post‐graduation employment   International students transition to permanent residence primarily through  Skilled Worker Class, Provincial Nominee Programs, Family Class, Investor Class  and Canadian Experience Class, respectively   Canadian Experience Class introduced on September 17, 2008 o Since implementation, over 6,000 former students have been admitted  o 84% approval rate for all CEC applicants Transitions to Permanent Residence 11 Sources: Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Preliminary 2011; dwsweb;(4) International Region/nim_all_caips_e from download of April 8, 2012
  12. 12. CIC’s current operational context 12
  13. 13. Study Permit Processing: Overseas 13 • 81% approval rate globally in 2012, and 80% of SP decisions finalized within 42 days • Consistently high approval rates among top source countries • For countries with lower approval rates, important to understand and address underlying causes COUNTRY OF CITIZENSHIP 2012 APPROVAL RATE CHINA 81% INDIA 61% REP. KOREA 91% FRANCE 99% SAUDI ARABIA 91% BRAZIL 93% MEXICO 91% JAPAN 98% Source: dwsweb;(4) International Region/nim_caips_studperm_ as of April 23, 2013
  14. 14. Study Permit Processing: Inland 14 Date Study Permit Application Online Paper As of May 1, 2013 42 Days 76 Days Source: Central Processing Region, CIC Processing times for study permits from visa and medical exempt countries (VESPA) is just under 20 days
  15. 15. Visa Office Closures 15 Damascus Tehran Berlin Dhaka Kuala Lumpur Tokyo Belgrade Caracas Seoul Buffalo, Detroit, Seattle Beirut or Amman Ankara Vienna Singapore Singapore Manila Vienna Mexico City Manila Los Angeles From TR applications submitted to:
  16. 16. Modernization and Service Improvement 16 • Recent months have seen many online innovations toward service improvement • In November, the online Help Centre (www.cic.gc.ca/english/helpcentre) was  launched on CIC’s external website – Help Centre offers information on over 500 of the most commonly sought topics,  covers CIC’s key lines of business and services, and facilitates online client self‐service  • Building on the success of the VESPA pilot project, December saw the global  launch of electronic applications for all visitors, students and workers, marking a  major milestone toward modernization – Using secure MyCIC account, applicants can apply and pay for applications online  – VESPA has effectively ended (ref OB 486) • December also saw the rollout of the eMedical initiative, which will allow  physicians to submit medical results online to be integrated with the client’s  information in CIC’s systems
  17. 17. • VACs are service provider companies that offer administrative support to clients who are  applying as temporary residents: visitors, temporary foreign workers and international  students • Client service agents at the VACs help ensure applications are complete, which reduces  unnecessary delays or refusals due to incomplete applications • VACs play no role in the decision‐making process and are expressly forbidden to provide  any visa‐related advices to applicants  • VACs will also be the main location for the collection of biometrics Fast facts on VACs • 67 VACs in 47 countries, with plans to expand this network to over 130 locations in 95  countries • It is estimated that more than 80% of world‐wide clients will use the services of VACs • Wider opening hours and services provided in the local language makes the VACs more  convenient for clients Visa Application Centres (VACs) 17
  18. 18. Other Policy and Program Updates 18
  19. 19. Biometrics 19 • Beginning in 2013 visitors, international students and foreign workers from certain visa‐ required countries and territories will be required to have their fingerprints and photo  taken when they apply for a visa, or permit. • The new requirement will be phased in over several months to allow CIC to set up the  biometric points of service. • There will be more than 70 biometric points of service abroad where applicants can have  their biometric information taken. • Most applicants will provide their biometric information at Visa Application Centres  (VACs). VACs are independent service providers authorized by the Government of Canada  to facilitate the submission of visa applications and will be key to supporting the  implementation of biometrics.  • The Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations will set out the countries and  territories whose nationals will need to have their fingerprints and photos taken. • For more information on this initiative, please write to biometrics@cic.gc.ca
  20. 20. • Improving Canada’s standing as a destination of choice for international  students is a priority for federal and provincial/territorial governments • Proposed reforms to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations  published for public comment December 29, 2012  • Key proposed reforms include: – Limiting issuance of study permits to international students destined to educational institutions  designated for the purpose of hosting international students, based on minimum standards – Introducing new study permit conditions to ensure that international students are enrolled at a  designated institution and actively pursuing studies while in Canada on a study permit  – Streamlining work permit access to eligible international students attending designated learning  institutions, and providing certain study permit holders with the automatic authority to work  part‐time off‐campus – Authorizing issuance of removal orders in circumstances where students are not complying with  new study permit conditions • Proposed reforms would come into effect as of January 1, 2014 Improving Canada’s Standing as a Study Destination 20
  21. 21. On coming into force,  as of January 1, 2014, per pre‐published Regulations in  Canada Gazette: • Individuals who already hold a study permit and are studying at a non‐designated  institution may complete the program of study in which they were enrolled • Individuals who already hold a study permit and are studying at a non‐designated  institution may obtain an extension to complete the program of study in which they  were enrolled for the duration of their program of study or three years after the day  on which the proposed Regulations come into force, whichever is shorter • The condition of actively pursuing studies would immediately be effective at the  coming into force of regulations, and therefore, the option to issue a removal order  for not actively pursuing studies would also be in place immediately Transitional Provisions 21
  22. 22. Questions Citizenship and Immigration Canada: – CIC Call Centre: 1‐888‐242‐2100 – CIC Help Centre: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/helpcentre – www.cic.gc.ca – question@cic.gc.ca 22
  23. 23. END 23

×