In 2012, 7,797 international students from across Canada transitioned to permanent residency (PR). In that same year, over 265,000 international students were present.
Between 2003 and 2012, the number of students present in Canada grew by 66% from 159,425 to 265,404. This suggests students are staying in Canada for longer periods of time.
Graduates may apply for a Post Graduate Work Permit upon completion of a post-secondary degree program which took at least 8 months to complete; graduates whose programs lasted two years or more may qualify for an open work permit for a max of 3 years. This allows graduates to gain the Canadian work experience needed to transition to permanent residence.