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Hi everyone,

Spring has finally sprung and we wanted to share with you some insights from the last quarter of the International Student Connect (ISC) project as well as some information and news regarding international students in Canada.

For those of you who are new to the ISC Newsletter, here is a brief recap.
ISC is a bilingual pilot project funded by the Provincial Government that provides settlement support to international students pursuing a post-secondary education in Ontario. The goal is to help international students and their families integrate successfully should they choose to settle in Ontario after graduation.

Information is provided through 1-2 hours Let’s Connect sessions or One-On-one sessions at Colleges and Universities. Last year we delivered 446 sessions and served 4,675 students across the province. We also delivered 75 webinars and reached 493 clients online.

Below is a summary of the great work that all of our partners have done since the inception of ISC in 2014.

High demand topics

Let's Connect and One-On-One sessions provide information on 18 settlement topics identified in a bilingual needs assessment conducted across the province.

These were the most popular topics among international students from Jan-Mar 2019:
  • Immigration Pathways
  • Student Housing
  • Filing Income Taxes
  • About Canada and Ontario
  • Canadian Workplace Culture
  • Labour Market and Employment 
  • Volunteering and Making Community Connections

Beyond the numbers:
ISC Success Story


Abdullah is from Ghana, in West Africa. He arrived at Niagara College to study International Business in December 2016.

A few months prior to completing his program, he began making inquiries about becoming a permanent Canadian resident. He was referred to the Settlement Counsellor at Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre, who coordinates the ISC project at Niagara College campuses in Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake.

After attending an ISC session, Abdullah informed the counsellor that he was feeling confident with the information relating to immigration pathways that he received from him and as such, would like to continue working with him. Over an 8-month period, Abdullah was provided with resources to help him with his permanent resident application. Two months after submission of his PR application, Abdullah was granted permanent Canadian resident status.

“If I had not have been in contact with a representative from the ISC project I would have wasted a lot of time and money consulting lawyers”, says Abdullah. He is so thrilled to be a permanent resident of Canada and feels he has his counsellor and the ISC project to thank for helping him get there.

Check out our new webinars! 

ISC offers international students free online resources on our website. These include a handbook, fact sheets on various settlement topics and webinars. Here is the list of our new additions: 

You can also watch our past webinars at the ISC website.

New PGWP legislation

In February, the Government of Canada made some changes to the Post Graduate Work Permit (PGWP) application process. International students who wish to remain in Canada now have 180 days to apply once they obtain their notice of graduation as opposed to the original 90 days.

If a student plans to stay in Canada and their study permit will expire before they apply for a PGWP, the student must change their status to a visitor. Students will have up to 90 days after the study permit expires to restore their status or they’ll be asked to leave the country.

To learn more, please click here.

What is the top country
of origin of IS in Canada?

Source: CBIE
In 2018, there were 572,415 international students in Canada at all levels of study, according to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

As stated by the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE), this represents a 16% increase of the international student population in Canada from 2017, and a 154% increase from 2010.

IRCC data also shows India (172,625) as the top country of origin of international students in Canada
in 2018, followed by China (142,985) in second place, and South Korea (24,195) in third place.

What do international students plan to do after graduation? CBIE's 2018 International Students Survey shows that 60% of all respondents indicated their intention to apply for permanent resident status in Canada.

Some of them also expressed their intention to remain in Canada on a temporary basis to continue studying and 70% intend to find work in Canada after graduation.
Source: The Student's Voice: National Results of the 2018 CBIE International Student Survey

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