India still remains the largest source of international students that move for studies in Canada.
Last year, approximately Thirty-five (35) per cent of Canada’s new student visas were issued to Indians, which was well ahead of the second-placed country (China, at twenty-one (21) per cent).
In total, Indians represent thirty-four (34) per cent of the over 640,000 international students in Canada.
Currently, many Indians still want to begin their studies in Canada in the fall of 2020, despite the interruptions caused by the COVID-19.
Due to coronavirus pandemic, Canada has introduced a series of measures to help accommodate the immigration goals of young people around the world.
For instance, Canada has recently announced that it will accept incomplete study permit applications if an applicant is not able to get all the documentation they need because of COVID-19 disruptions. Canada immigration ministry will wait for applicants to obtain such documentation, rather than reject the applicants.
Additionally, Canada has made a major change that will allow international students to begin their Canadian studies online in fall 2020 and remain qualified for a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP).
The Postgraduate work permit enables international students to gain Canadian work experience for up to three years. Such work experience obtained in Canada makes the applications of international students more competitive.
Step-by-step guide: How to study in Canada from India
If you are planning to study in Canada from India, here is how to fast-track the process:
Conduct research for Canadian designated learning institutions (DLIs) to understand which programs interest you. DLIs are colleges, universities, and other higher institutions authorized by the government to welcome international students. There are over 1,500 Distance learning institution across Canada, with the majority of them located in Ontario and Quebec.
Apply to the school of your choice. The educational institution will consider you based on factors such as your English language skills, transcripts, how the program connects with your career plans and professional and academic recommendations. The higher educational institution that accepts you will provide you with a Letter of Acceptance (LOA).
Indian students who wish to study in Quebec need to obtain a Quebec Acceptance Certificate from the Quebec government. After that, they have to obtain a study permit from the Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Indians that wish to study in any province or territory outside of Quebec only need to lodge a study permit application to the IRCC.
The aim of the study permit is to legally confirm you are permitted to study in Canada. Key documents to submit as part of your study permit application include your Letter of Acceptance, proof that you can cater for yourself financially in Canada, as well as a medical examination and police certificate.
Student Direct Stream- Fast-track Studies In Canada Option For Indians
Fortunately, Indians also have the opportunity to fast-track their study permit application.
Under the Student Direct Stream, Canada aims to process applications for study permit of Indian students within twenty (20) calendar days.
To be eligible for the Student Direct Stream, Indian students must meet additional requirements, such as, but not limited to:
- Obtain a minimum score of six (6) in each skill of the IELTS Academic test (reading, listening, writing, and speaking)
- Acquire a Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) of $10,000 CAD from a participating financial institution that meets the requirements for the SDS
- Demonstrate that you have paid tuition fees for the first year of your studies in Canada
The Student Direct Stream is an excellent option for Indian students that want to begin their studies in Canada this fall.
Indians who obtain a Letter of Acceptance and then lodge their completed study permit application in a timely fashion should be able to start their programs in time for the fall 2020 semester.
Even if you are unable to arrive in Canada by this fall because of the COVID-19, you can still begin your program online in India and be qualified for the highly valuable post-graduation work permit. The PGWP, of course, automatically help you qualify for Canadian permanent residency.
Currently, there are over 200,000 Indian students studying in Canada. You can join them in the coming months thanks to the welcoming policies Canada has in place for international students.