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The Indian embassy has issued guidelines for students who are all set to start studying at Canadian universities. Many Indian students are currently unable to join their academic courses in Canada due to processing delays of visas and student permits. The Indian High Commission in Ottawa has urged authorities to look into the matter.

Officials in Ottawa and Consulate in Toronto and Vancouver are in touch with Canadian interlocutors including academic institutions and universities regarding the issue.

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

It noted that Canada has emerged as 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 students can find help under such circumstances?

  • Universities have informed that they are communicating with the incoming international students, including students from India, providing them with timely, actionable information about all issues related to the study permit application process.
  • They already have contingency plans in place, in order to support those incoming students who do not receive their study permit in time to be present on campus when the term begins in September.
  • Some institutions will provide a remote option such as the option to start the session online, for students unable to reach Canada at the start of the term because they have not yet received visa. Students can contact the university/ institutions to find out which courses have a remote option, and to discuss their options in case some do not.
  • For students wishing to defer their admission, the university/institution is communicating 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 send a request for information and urgent processing through the IRCC website form meant for study permit applications that have been submitted and complete but have exceeded the current processing time for Student Direct Stream (SDS) scheme.
  • More than 230,000 students from India are currently enrolled in post-secondary institutions in Canada.

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