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Going abroad for studies: The latest developments in Canada’s student visa regulations.

Canada has consistently been a favored destination for Indian students aspiring to create a better future for themselves and their families. According to global rankings from Times Higher Education and QS, Canadian universities consistently rank among the world’s top academic institutions. However, recent tensions in diplomatic relations between India and Canada have raised concerns for Indian students aiming to pursue their education in Canada.

Over the past few years, the Canadian government has implemented significant changes to its visa policies and immigration programs. The processing time for most new study permits is now within a 60-day service standard. In 2018, Canada introduced the Student Direct Stream (SDS) program, streamlining the study permit application process for students from select countries, including India.

Securing a study permit involves multiple steps, and it’s crucial to acknowledge that processing times can vary significantly between countries. Therefore, careful planning is recommended to ensure timely processing before the intended study period begins. While most Canadian post-secondary programs commence in September, January, or May, it’s essential to note that some programs offer intakes outside of these traditional dates.

The COVID-19 pandemic prompted the Canadian government to introduce measures supporting online learning for international students unable to travel to Canada. Flexibility regarding study permit application deadlines was provided, and in 2021, temporary measures allowed students to count time spent studying online abroad toward their Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) eligibility.

In addition to these measures, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) plans to introduce a trusted institution framework to its student visa program by 2024. This framework aims to evaluate post-secondary institutions based on criteria such as sustainable intake, compliance monitoring, safety, and the overall quality of the international student experience.

Despite these positive developments, the ongoing diplomatic disagreement between India and Canada, coupled with India’s recent suspension of visa services, has created uncertainty for many students and their parents. While diplomatic tensions can arise periodically, historical relations between both nations suggest that these matters are often resolved through dialogue and cooperation.

In light of the temporary suspension of visa services, students are advised to remain adaptable and explore alternative plans if necessary. Staying updated on the latest Canadian immigration policies through the official Government of Canada website or seeking guidance from Canadian immigration authorities is crucial. Prospective students should anticipate potential delays in visa processing, especially for the upcoming spring academic session scheduled for January 2024.

Despite the challenges, Canada continues to be a promising destination for individuals seeking quality education and a brighter future. The country’s immigration policies emphasize diversity and inclusivity, adapting to global dynamics. As students plan their academic endeavors, considering the fall or autumn semester in August 2024 may be advisable, depending on the progression of the situation.


Source: MSN