Canada Visa Delays: Indian Embassy Issues Guidelines for Students Following Canada Visa Delays

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The Embassy of India has issued guidelines for students who are all ready to start studying in Canadian universities. Many Indian students are currently unable to attend their university courses in Canada due to visa and student permit processing delays. The Indian High Commission in Ottawa has urged authorities to look into the matter.

Officials in Ottawa and consulates in Toronto and Vancouver are in contact with Canadian interlocutors, including educational institutions and universities, regarding the issue.

“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.

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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 remote option, such as the option to start the session online, 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 with them regarding 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 submit a request for information and urgent processing via the IRCC website form for study permit applications that have been submitted and complete but have exceeded the current program processing time. Student Direct Stream (SDS).
  • Over 230,000 Indian students are currently enrolled in post-secondary institutions in Canada.
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