Click on a country to see the percentage of Study Permit applications approved by Canadian immigration officers in the first three months of 2017. (Map by Jean Pierre Niyitanga using data from Source Countries – Applications Finalized for New Study Permit Applications (in Persons) IRCC)
Students from Mexico, Korea, Taiwan and France have a better chance than U.S. students of getting a Canadian Study Permit.
That’s one surprising fact buried in federal statistics that show wildly different approval rates for Study Permit applications around the globe.
Polestar News analyzed the approval and rejection rate of Study Permit applications in the first three months of 2017. The overall approval rate was 61 percent, similar to the approval rate for the first three months of 2016. But there were vast differences in the approval rate by country.
The analysis was based on a quarterly report published by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada: Source Countries – Applications Finalized for New Study Permit Applications (in Persons). The report shows approvals and rejections of Study Permit applications according to the citizenship of the applicant. The report does not include pending applications.
Polestar News analyzed the approval rate of students from 117 different countries. The analysis excluded an additional 84 countries that had fewer than 10 applications in the first three months of 2017.
Eritrea and Uzbekistan were at the bottom of the list without a single approval between January and the end of March.
Norway and Austria were at the top of the list, with a 100 per cent approval rate. Their perfect record was followed by Japan and Korea, which both had a 97 percent acceptance rate.
Students from the United States ranked 15th on the list, with an overall Study Permit approval rate of 89 percent. Mexico ranked just two spots above the United States, also with an approval rate of 89 percent. The U.S. ranked well above the two countries that send the most students to Canada: India and China. The Study Permit approval rate was 59 percent for India and 81 percent for China.
Immigration officers evaluate Study Permit applications using several criteria, including whether the student has the financial support needed to study in Canada, whether the applicant is a bona fide student who is sincerely interested in a Canadian education and whether there is a medical reason or security reason not to admit them to Canada.
The list below shows the total number of Study Permit applications finalized from each country in the first three months of 2017, and the percentage of those applications approved from each country.
CountryTotal ApplicationsApproval Rate
|Korea, Republic of||2067||97%|
|Panama, Republic of||20||90%|
|Equatorial Guinea, Republic of||10||90%|
|United States of America||218||89%|
|United Kingdom and Colonies||98||88%|
|Germany, Federal Republic of||136||88%|
|Bahama Islands, The||55||87%|
|China, People’s Republic of||4679||81%|
|Hong Kong SAR||95||78%|
|Vietnam, Socialist Republic of||1740||75%|
|Indonesia, Republic of||62||69%|
|Trinidad and Tobago, Republic of||26||65%|
|Tanzania, United Republic of||39||56%|
|South Africa, Republic of||53||53%|
|Benin, Peoples Republic of||80||41%|
|Togo, Republic of||97||38%|
|Djibouti, Republic of||11||27%|
|Guinea, Republic of||61||20%|
|Ivory Coast, Republic of||156||19%|
|Mali, Republic of||132||19%|
|Sudan, Democratic Republic of||33||15%|
|Congo, People’s Republic of the||60||13%|
|Mongolia, People’s Republic of||15||13%|
|Niger, Republic of the||26||12%|
|Palestinian Authority (Gaza/West Bank)||62||11%|
|Congo, Democratic Republic of the||125||11%|
|Yemen, Republic of||119||11%|
|Cameroon, Federal Republic of||478||10%|
|Chad, Republic of||17||6%|