Pakistan is the latest inclusion in Canada’s Student Direct Stream, a fast-track option for applying for study permits, after the scheme was launched last year in India, China, Vietnam and the Philippines.
Canada registered another double-digit jump in study permit holders in 2018 with India driving growth and snatching the top position from China, recently-released IRCC figures show, but some stakeholders are now worried about diversity.
As Canada extends its biometrics collection program, industry stakeholders are concerned it could affect student recruitment in certain markets or among student populations in areas which are remote from VACs.
It was also revealed that the total number of study permit holders in Canada as of 31 December 2016 was 414,946, up from 351,330 (an 18% increase) in 2015. China and India are the largest growth markets.