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

Norway 14 100%
Austria 12 100%
Japan 1363 97%
Korea, Republic of 2067 97%
Barbados 16 94%
Switzerland 28 93%
Romania 11 91%
Panama, Republic of 20 90%
Equatorial Guinea, Republic of 10 90%
Uruguay 10 90%
Taiwan 243 90%
Slovak Republic 19 89%
Mexico 479 89%
France 577 89%
United States of America 218 89%
Spain 69 88%
Belgium 17 88%
Greece 17 88%
United Kingdom and Colonies 98 88%
Germany, Federal Republic of 136 88%
Argentina 24 88%
Bahama Islands, The 55 87%
Poland 14 86%
Chile 76 86%
Colombia 489 85%
Honduras 12 83%
Ecuador 50 82%
Israel 54 81%
China, People’s Republic of 4679 81%
Australia 26 81%
Brazil 1363 80%
Sweden 15 80%
Guatemala 10 80%
Hong Kong SAR 95 78%
Saudi Arabia 309 78%
Italy 94 77%
Malaysia 32 75%
Czech Republic 20 75%
Vietnam, Socialist Republic of 1740 75%
Singapore 31 74%
Portugal 27 70%
Indonesia, Republic of 62 69%
Iran 596 69%
Peru 55 67%
Kuwait 21 67%
Trinidad and Tobago, Republic of 26 65%
Netherlands, The 28 64%
Thailand 59 63%
Turkey 522 62%
Dominican Republic 52 60%
India 11724 59%
Guyana 22 59%
Venezuela 181 57%
Tanzania, United Republic of 39 56%
Tunisia 185 55%
Cambodia 13 54%
Zambia 15 53%
South Africa, Republic of 53 53%
Ukraine 171 53%
Uganda 58 52%
Mauritius 55 51%
Lebanon 67 51%
Russia 123 50%
Kyrgyzstan 12 50%
Philippines 530 49%
Egypt 212 49%
El Salvador 41 46%
Kazakhstan 42 45%
Bangladesh 361 44%
Azerbaijan 16 44%
Benin, Peoples Republic of 80 41%
Kenya 101 41%
Togo, Republic of 97 38%
Morocco 224 38%
Zimbabwe 59 37%
Rwanda 81 37%
Albania 54 35%
Sri Lanka 61 34%
Burundi 93 33%
Madagascar 37 32%
Armenia 10 30%
Jordan 109 28%
Bolivia 11 27%
Djibouti, Republic of 11 27%
Gabon Republic 23 26%
Jamaica 204 25%
Syria 63 25%
Haiti 85 25%
Algeria 412 24%
Ethiopia 54 24%
Stateless 22 23%
Ghana 362 22%
Burkina-Faso 41 22%
Guinea, Republic of 61 20%
Ivory Coast, Republic of 156 19%
Mali, Republic of 132 19%
Mauritania 17 18%
Sudan, Democratic Republic of 33 15%
Nigeria 2545 15%
Congo, People’s Republic of the 60 13%
Mongolia, People’s Republic of 15 13%
Libya 53 13%
Pakistan 992 13%
Senegal 179 13%
Nepal 112 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%
Gambia 22 9%
Iraq 84 6%
Afghanistan 51 6%
Chad, Republic of 17 6%
Uzbekistan 26 0%
Eritrea 22 0%
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