Indian Students’ Visas to Canada Double in 2017, All hail Trump?
Canada’s liberal government appears to be attracting many international admissions after US President Donald Trump’s anti-immigration stance.
Jennifer Daubeny, counsel general of Bengaluru says, “The number of student visas issued by Canadian embassy and consulates in India has doubled this year than last year.”
“We have increased local staff for visa processing, and we even brought in 2-3 people from Canada for six to eight weeks this year to help with the workload and make turnaround times faster,” she adds.
She further said that she could not provide year wise data, but the number of Indian students, according to the Canadian magazine of immigration, has increased substantially from 20,000 in the year 2010 to 75,000 this year.
The UK, US, Canada and Australia are the most chosen destination for Indian students. In 2016, out of the total immigrant students, 14% comprised of Indian students, behind the Chinese, which were 34%, but much more than the third placed French and South Koreans, which were 6%. The proportion increased by 2% in a year, which makes it one of the fastest growing communities.
Earlier, students mostly preferred MBAs and other post graduate programs from science and engineering from Canada, the scenario has quite changed now as students are turning up for under graduate programmes also. “We are even looking forward to attract high school students,” the counsel general said.
She further said that Canada has a multi-cultural environment and high quality of education, which makes students feel welcome. Students can also stay on to work for a certain period and have apth permanent residency.
“Canada is the cheapest study-abroad destination in the English speaking world having 50 good universities and community colleges, which are publicly funded and regulated by the provinces,” Daubeny said.
Justin Trudeau, Canadian Prime Minister, is said to be liberal about immigration and has been quite welcoming it. There are 1.3 million Indian Canadians, of whom 500,000 have their roots in Punjab. Jagmeet Singh, son of Punjabi immigrants, became the first non-white politician to lead a major party in the world, as he was elected the leader of the leftist New Democratic Party recently.