(StatsCan research on students, including fake student visas)
(Here is the research itself)
(Large numbers of student visa holders are not enrolled)
(No surprise anymore, students transitioning to permanent residents)
(Student visas are path-to-PR in Canada, and PGWP)
(Research on the student-to-PR pipeline)
(317,000 student visas issued in 2017, according to 2018 Annual Report to Parliament)
(224,000 International Mobility, 79,000 TFW, in 2018 Report)
(CPC policy: new pilot projects, convert temps to PR)
1. Mass LEGAL Immigration In Canada
CLICK HERE, for #1: temp workers, other migration categories.
CLICK HERE, for #2: close to 1M people/year entering on visas.
CLICK HERE, for #3: CANZUK, expansion and erasing the borders.
CLICK HERE, for #4: population replacement programs in Canada.
CLICK HERE, for #5: replacement numbers/countries since 2004.
CLICK HERE, for #6: domestic abuse as pathway to PR status.
CLICK HERE, for #7: the International Mobility Program.
CLICK HERE, for #8: economic imm, remittances, brain drain.
CLICK HERE, for #9: global remittance estimates, regulations.
CLICK HERE, for #10: economic immigration when unemployment high.
CLICK HERE, for #11: TD article on true migration rates.
CLICK HERE, for #12: pilot amnesty-for-illegals program in Toronto.
CLICK HERE, for #13: work permits, health care for illegals.
CLICK HERE, for #14: getting legal residence via fraud.
CLICK HERE, for #15: student/family member to PR pipeline.
CLICK HERE, for #16: start up visas = buying PR/citizenship.
Note: If there are errors in calculating the totals, please speak up. Information is of no use to the public if it isn’t accurate.
2. Important Links
CLICK HERE, for StatsCan research on ghost students.
CLICK HERE, for 20-27% of students become PR.
CLICK HERE, for 2018 Annual Report to Parl. on Immigration.
CLICK HERE, for U of T research on PR transition (paywall).
CLICK HERE, for Post Graduate Work Program.
CLICK HERE, for working while in school.
CLICK HERE, for a Vancouver Sun article on the subject.
3. Context For This Piece
As is plain and obvious from the above links, documenting and reporting on the true scale of replacement migration into Canada is a priority. This includes programs which are sold to the public as “temporary”, but which include pathways to permanent residence.
This article explores the concept of “ghost students”, people who come to Canada on student visas, but whom have other ideas and intentions all along.
4. Vancouver Sun Article
The Vancouver Sun article gets into many uncomfortable truths, namely a large number of people with student visas are not enrolled in Canadian schools. Either they have left, or never intended to study in the first place.
It also outlines the lack of oversight and enforcement going on within the school systems and the Immigration Ministry. Why allow so many “students”? The schools need the money. They have big obligations.
The Sun article cites this StatsCan paper, which states that 30% of people on student visas are not actually enrolled, while in 2009, almost 50% were not enrolled.
The Sun article (I believe) references this StatsCan publication that estimates that 20-27% of students on visa get their permanent residence status within 10 years. Even if it is only about a quarter of students, which seems very low, that is still a very real path to permanent residence.
5. StatsCan Research On Ghosts
The research concludes, that large numbers of people on student visas are not actually enrolled in a Canadian school. While it is true that some people could have stayed home or gone elsewhere, student visas are cancelled if the person changes their mind. So the obvious question: where are these people, and what are they doing?
Yes, the rules have been relaxed, and that means more and more students are “students” will be working while in school. Sort of a no brainer.
These last remarks are from the conclusion. It seems to around the obvious, that student visas are a pathway to permanent residence. There is the Provincial Nominee Program, Atlantic Pilot Project, and other such options Even if not right away, the Post Graduate Work Program is one possibility to get PR at a later date.
6. StatsCan On Transitioning To PR
It is confirmed by StatsCan, what has been said on this site for months. Students are not “temporary” migration, but rather there are intentional pathways to permanent residence built in.
And StatsCan also confirms what is in those Annual Reports to Parliament. There are 3 main “temporary” migration programs. But let’s be honest, they aren’t really temporary.
- Student Visas
- International Mobility Program
- Temporary Foreign Worker Program
7. Stating The Obvious On Student Visas
Why aren’t people on student visas showing up for class? Probably, that in a lot of these cases, being a student was never the goal, or at least not a high priority. In such cases, the goal is remaining in Canada, and being a student just the excuse.
That being said, even those who do attend Canadian schools have legitimate ways to remain in Canada. In fact, our government passes laws and regulations that encourage it. There are immediate ways to become a permanent resident, or one can simply obtain a 3 year visa from the Post Graduate Work Program.
Unfortunately, there is little data available on who actually leaves Canada once a student visa is no longer valid. Until 2016, the Federal Government did not even track who was leaving the country, only those entering.
Canadians are duped into believing that programs are temporary. They are not.
So where are all of these “ghost” students? What are they doing these days? How many of them are still in the country? Good questions, but our government has few answers.