India is by far the leading source of international students that move to Canada.
Last year, nearly 35 per cent of Canada’s new student visas were issued to Indians, which was well ahead of the second-leading country (China, at 21 per cent).
In total, Indians represent 34 per cent of the over 640,000 international students in Canada.
India is such a major source of Canada’s international students for reasons including:
Many Indians will still want to begin their studies in Canada in the fall of 2020, despite the interruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Due to COVID-19, Canada has introduced many policies to help accommodate the immigration goals of people around the world.
For example, Canada has recently stated that it will accept incomplete study permit applications if an individual is not able to get all the documentation they need because of coronavirus disruptions. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will wait for applicants to obtain such documentation, rather than reject the applicant.
The PGWP enables international students to gain professional work experience in Canada for up to three years. Such work experience makes the Canadian immigration applications of international students more competitive.
If you are also looking to study in Canada from India, here is how you can do so, including how you can fast-track the process:
Step 1: Explore Canadian designated learning institutions (DLIs) to identify which programs interest you. DLIs are universities, colleges, and other educational institutions authorized by the government to welcome international students. There are over 1,500 DLIs across Canada, with two-thirds of them located in Ontario and Quebec.
Step 2: Apply to the DLIs of your choice. DLIs will consider you based on factors such as your transcripts, English language skills, how the program fits into your career plans, and professional and academic recommendations. DLIs that accept you will provide you with a Letter of Acceptance (LOA).
Step 3: Indians that wish to study in Quebec need to receive a a Quebec Acceptance Certificate from the Quebec government. After that, they need to obtain a study permit from the federal government. Indians that wish to study in any province or territory outside of Quebec only need to submit a study permit application to the federal government.
The purpose of the study permit is to legally confirm you are allowed to study in Canada. Key documents to submit as part of your study permit application include your LOA, proof that you can support yourself financially in Canada, as well as a medical exam and police certificate.
Fortunately, Indian students also have the option to fast-track their study permit application.
Under the Student Direct Stream, Canada aims to process the study permit applications of Indians within only 20 calendar days.
To be eligible for the SDS, Indians must meet additional criteria, such as, but not limited to:
The SDS is an excellent option for Indians that want to begin their studies in Canada this fall.
Indians who obtain an LOA and then submit their completed study permit application in a timely fashion should be able to begin their Canadian studies in time for the fall 2020 semester.
Even if you are unable to arrive in Canada by this fall because of the coronavirus pandemic, you can still begin your program online in India and remain eligible for the highly valuable post-graduation work permit. The PGWP, of course, can then help you become eligible for even more Canadian immigration programs.
There are over 200,000 Indians currently studying in Canada. You can join them in the coming months thanks to the welcoming policies Canada has in place for Indian students.
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