Even More Overseas students become Canadian permanent residents

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In 2010, Canada welcomed 96,147 foreign students, an increase of 28,292 over the number recorded five years ago.

According to a study commissioned by the Canadian government entitled Economic Impact of International Education in Canada, foreign Student immigration resulted in CAD $6.5 billion of expenditure each year by overseas students in the Canadian economy.

Canada realises the need for skilled overseas workers; Canada introduced the Canadian Experience Class in 2008 -- a program that allows eligible foreign students to apply for permanent residence from within Canada.

"We continued to admit an increasing number of foreign students to Canada last year through joint efforts among the federal government, provincial governments and other partners," said Immigration Minister Jason Kenney.

"Our government's initiatives such as the Student Partners Program have also helped to attract and admit a high number of foreign students, particularly from China and India."

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