Canada saw a 250% increase in foreign students from India
Based on preliminary data 2010, the number of foreign students who have come to Canada since 2005 has increased by more than 40 percent, with a total of 96,147 students last year. There has been a significant increase in students from India. Students coming to study from India has increased by more than three times in just two years, from 3250 in 2008 to 11,530 in 2010.
This success of students coming to Canada from India can be attributed in part to the Associated Students Program launched in 2009. A collaboration between the Canadian visa offices in India and the Association of Canadian Community Colleges, the program aims to increase the rate of approval of applications for study permits involving Canadian Universities while ensuring high rates compliance with visa regulations. The processing times in the program are quite quick, with an average of about two and a half weeks.
The Government of Canada has also helped Canadian Educational Institutions get a competitive advantage in attracting international students. Recent initiatives include online services application, the Permit Program Post-Graduation Work Permit Program and the Working Off Campus Work Permit. Since 2008, Canada has offered a path to permanent residency for international students through the Canadian Experience Class.
International students contribute over $ 6.5 Billion to the Canadian economy each year.