US visa approvals in India soar as Canada lags behind


Are American universities rebounding against Canada in its race to recruit international students this year? A recent video released by the US Embassy in New Delhi confirmed the issuance of a staggering 82,000 US visas in India for students for the current college cycle.

The record figure is unprecedented, and now accounts for 20% of all international students in the United States. “We are happy to see that so many students have been able to receive visas and join their universities after the delays caused in previous years by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Patricia Lacina, American charge d’affaires, in the video release.

“It shows that the United States remains for most Indian families the most sought-after country for higher education.”

The volume and timeliness can be attributed to the concerted efforts of the US Embassy in New Delhi and Consulate offices in Kolkata, Chennai and Hyderabad during this year’s peak application season.

From May to August, more appointment slots have been given to applicants obtaining their US visa in India – a prudent decision that has allowed many eligible students to arrive at their universities on time for the fall session.

Indian students who previously held any type of US visa were allowed to bypass the in-person interview requirement. Fast-tracking the application process has become a key Embassy program as Indian citizens now make up the second largest foreign student population in the United States.

“Student mobility and the people-to-people connections it forges have been a cornerstone of the U.S.-India relationship for the past 75 years, and remain so today,” Lacina said at the sixth annual Visa Day. Studeny in June.

Indian nationals who previously held any type of U.S. visa are exempt from in-person interviews and appointments in their F-1 student visa application. Source: Manpreet Romana/AFP

As US visas in India skyrocket, students heading to Canada face delays and rejections

While Indian students heading to the United States can rejoice, the same cannot be said for those who were already hoping to be in Canada.

Visa refusal rates soared to 41% – an increase from just 15% before COVID-19. Although Indian students make up the largest group of international students in Canada, this could be detrimental to budding newcomers to the Great White North.

Education consultants and experts in India predict rejections would rise for students in Punjab, where the volume of study permit applications is particularly high.

“Now a large number of students from Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand and southern states are also applying…the Canadian government also prefers diversification while accepting applications from India,” Narpat said. Babbar, education consultant at Jupiter Academy, at The Indian Express.

“Indian aspirants are also being challenged by other South Asian countries as Canada promotes diversification.”

Other factors such as the backlog in processing immigration applications since 2020, high unemployment rates in Canada and fraudulent paperwork were cited as possible reasons for the delay.

US Visas in India

The surge in Canada study permit applications from Indian students could cause some to miss out on in-person learning in their first year. Source: Money Sharma/AFP

Extended Online Study for Foreign Students

According to The Hindustan Times, more than 75,000 study permit applications submitted by Indian nationals were in the processing inventory as of August 15. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) told the news portal that it had received around 123,500 study permit applications. in the first five months of 2022 only — a 55% increase compared to the same period in 2019 before the pandemic.

Although IRCC is taking steps to prioritize clients starting classes this fall, it warned that not all students will be able to get their documents on time. As such, it extended distance learning to a reduced scope for international students without compromising their eligibility for a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP).

International students who applied for a Canadian study permit by August 31, 2022 can complete up to 100% of their program online without affecting PGWP eligibility. However, study time spent abroad from September 1, 2023 will be deducted from the duration of their PGWP, regardless of when the student begins their studies.


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