Recently-released statistics show that the Chandigarh Visa Office in India received 18,172 applications for a Canadian study permit in 2015. The majority — 57 percent — of these applications were approved, and more than 10,000 permits were issued to Indians destined to study in Canada. Located in the capital city of the state of Punjab, Chandigarh Visa Office processes temporary resident applications for Canada from the Haryana and Punjab states of India, including applications from potential visitors, students, and temporary workers.
The Visa Office clarified that these figures are distorted by individuals who apply multiple times for study permits. Considering that many applicants may submit a second or third application after initially receiving a refusal, the percentage of unique applicants who successfully apply and receive a study permit is even higher than 57 percent.
In order to be eligible to study in Canada on a study permit, prospective international students must have been accepted by a designated learning institution in Canada. In addition, they must prove funds for tuition, living expenses, and return transportation, as well as satisfy the visa office that they intend to leave Canada at the end of the authorized stay.
Study permit applications increase in Chandigarh
In Chandigarh alone, the Visa Office received over 50 percent more applications for study permits in 2015 than in 2014. These figures show not only that Canada is perceived as a top destination by Indians wishing to study internationally, but also that Canadian educational institutions are keen to attract new international students from India, which is currently second only to China as Canada’s leading source of international students.
Canada has grown in popularity over recent years among Indian students who can trust that the reputations of Canada’s educational institutions will be recognized abroad. In addition, with its tolerant, open culture Canada is perceived as a safe destination for international students. It can also be a more affordable destination than other options for studying abroad. Both tuition and living costs for international students in Canada are estimated to be lower than in other countries, particularly the United States.
International students may find a future in Canada
In recent years, the Canadian government has emphasized a commitment to increasing the number of international students coming to Canada. Leading experts recognize that international students stimulate the economy, create jobs, improve the learning environment for Canadian students, and contribute to civic life. Notably, in a strategic government plan that outlines public policy objectives until 2022, India was pinpointed as a specific target source of international students.
The current government of Canada, which came into office towards the end of 2015, has pledged to focus on international students in Canada as a primary source of new permanent residents. Canada’s Minister of Immigration, John McCallum, has outlined future reforms to ease the pathway to citizenship for international graduates from Canadian institutions. Among these reforms, changes to the Express Entry system are expected to value international graduates from Canadian institutions.
McCallum has frequently stated that international students are “among the most fertile source of new immigrants for Canada”, noting that “by definition, they are educated . . . They know something about the country, so they should be first on our list of people who we court to come to Canada.”
Canada is a particularly popular choice with Indians seeking to study abroad. Many Indian nationals recognize that a Canadian education can greatly improve their chances at obtaining skilled employment in Canada, leading to a bright future for themselves and their families. With several options to remain in Canada after graduation, coming to Canada as an international student can open many doors to future settlement.
If you are interested in studying in Canada and wish to discuss your options, please get in touch.
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