Canada Visa Delays: Indian Embassy Issues Guidelines for Students. 5 points

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Canada Student Visa Delays: Indian Embassy issues guidelines for students who have not yet started their course. 5 points

With many Indian students unable to take university courses in Canada due to delays in processing visas and student permits, the High Commission of India in Ottawa has urged authorities to look into urgently on the matter.

The High Commission said officials in Ottawa and consulates in Toronto and Vancouver are in contact with Canadian interlocutors, including academic institutions and universities, regarding the matter.

“Underlining these issues and the fact that Indian students have already deposited tuition fees with Canadian institutions, we have requested the Canadian authorities to expedite the processing of visa applications for Indian students,” the notice said.

He noted that Canada has become a preferred destination for Indian students for post-secondary education. But the High Commission added: “The processing of visas is a sovereign power of the Government of Canada.

How can students find help in such circumstances?

  • Universities advised that they communicate with incoming international students, including Indian students, providing them with timely and actionable information on all matters related to the study permit application process.
  • They already have contingency plans in place, to support incoming students who do not receive their study permits in time to be on campus when term begins in September.
  • Some institutions will offer a distance option for students unable to travel to Canada at the start of term because they have not yet received a visa. Students can contact the university/institutions to find out which courses have a distance option and to discuss their options in case some do not.
  • For students wishing to defer admission, the university/institution communicates to students their options, including deferring the offer of admission to a later term or considering exceptional circumstances on a case-by-case basis.
  • Affected students are encouraged to send a request for information and urgent processing via an IRCC web form for study permit applications that have been submitted and complete, but have exceeded the current Student program processing time. Direct Stream (SDS).

Over 230,000 Indian students are currently enrolled in post-secondary institutions in Canada.

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