1 in 3 foreign study-visa holders in Canada are not in school

One in three people who entered Canada on student visas do not
appear to have been enrolled at educational institutions in the
country, Statistics Canada reports. A recent StatsCan analysis could
not find indications that 30.5 per cent of people in the country on
post-secondary study permits in 2015 were signed up that
year at a Canadian college or university. The StatsCan study,
by Marc Frenette, Yuquian Lu and Winnie Chan, echoes
the findings of an internal Immigration Department
report that revealed 25 per cent of would-be foreign students in
Canada in 2018 were likely not complying with the conditions
of their visa or were just not being monitored by school
administrators. The high no show rate comes as there is
a rising trend toward “edu immigration”
to Canada.

One in three people who entered Canada on student visas do not appear to have been enrolled at educational institutions in the country, Statistics Canada reports.

A recent StatsCan analysis could not find indications that 30.5 per cent of people in the country on post-secondary study permits in 2015 were signed up that year at a Canadian college or university.

The StatsCan study, by Marc Frenette, Yuquian Lu and Winnie Chan, echoes the findings of an internal Immigration Department report that revealed 25 per cent of would-be foreign students in Canada in 2018 were likely not complying with the conditions of their visa or were just not being monitored by school administrators.

The high no-show rate comes as there is a rising trend toward “edu-immigration” to Canada. Many foreign nationals are being encouraged by immigration agents to use Canada’s study permits to gain a relatively easy foothold in the country to find work, through which they can try to obtain permanent resident status.

Canada has a reputation as an unusually open country for international students, especially in the way it allows newcomers to study part-time and hold down an almost unlimited range of jobs. Compared to Britain, the U.S. and Australia, Canada is known for having a poor record of tracking study-visa holders once they’re in the country.

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