Visa delays continue for Indians waiting to join Canadian universities

In a weekly statement, External Affairs Ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi said Thursday, “This is an important issue. We have raised the issue with Canada to ensure that students are not affected. students who want to study abroad. »

Earlier, the High Commission of India in Ottawa requested the Canadian authorities to look into the problems faced by students enrolled in Canadian universities, who are unable to attend university courses due to delays in the processing of their student visas and permits.

In a notice, the High Commission said Indian officials in Ottawa and consulates in Toronto and Vancouver continue to engage with Canadian interlocutors, including educational institutions and universities, regarding the issues faced by Indian students. .

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

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 Canadian government.

Currently, more than 230,000 Indian students enrolled in post-secondary institutions in Canada are making a positive contribution to the Canadian economy, including through tuition fees estimated at $4 billion.

The strategic partnership between India and Canada is based on a shared commitment to democratic values, pluralism and the rule of law.

The bilateral agenda is anchored in broadening economic engagement, regular dialogue and longstanding people-to-people ties. Although ministerial or official visits were not exchanged due to the Covid-19 pandemic, virtual interactions allowed the continuity of bilateral engagement.

Bilateral trade stood at $2.968 billion from April 1, 2021 to August 31, 2021. India’s exports to Canada during this period were $1.982 billion and imports from Canada were $0.985 billion of dollars. Portfolio investment from Canada to India has increased over this period.

The two countries continued negotiations of the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) and the Bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (BIPPA).

The flow of knowledge and talent is strong between the two countries, with India set to become the main source of foreign students, with 230,000 Indian students studying in Canada.

–IANS

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