Canada remains top destination for Indian students but travel restriction cause of concern

Canada remains top destination for Indian students but travel restriction cause of concern

Even as a lot of Indian students prepare to start programs at universities around the world during the fall 2021 period, many major English campus locations, along with Australia, New Zealand and Singapore, remain closed due to travel restrictions and closed borders. Canada remains top destination for Indian students

However, Canada remains a beloved university destination for Indians, even amid the uncertainty of Covid-19. In fact, in response to official statistics from the Canadian High Commission in Delhi, during the first four months of 2021, nearly 100,000 research permits were issued to students worldwide, up from 66,000 in the first four months of 2020 and 96,000. During the first four months of 2019.

Overall, students from all over the world in Canada are contributing to the immigrant population increase in 2021, solidly putting the nation back on its annual immigration goal. A current report from the Royal Bank of Canada shows that global immigration to Canada has recovered to pre-pandemic ranges mainly due to the return of students from around the world and graduate work permit holders.     

But now there may be cause for concern among students about the travel ban on Indian travelers, which was imposed in the wake of the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic in India. “This extended travel ban is badly hurting Indian students.” Hemant Shah, a Winnipeg-based businessman who has held several key positions in India, said: “Direct flights are not allowed so far and they have to find long and expensive ways to reach Canada to join their classes which It will start in August and September.”—Canada Business and Trade Organizations.

In the long run, this will affect the Canadian government as well as its immigration policy. Foreign students from India constitute a pool of potential educated immigrants who will join Canada’s workforce.” As Director of Trade, Advertising and Marketing between Canada and India for Friends of India Overseas, a trade and tradition organization, Shah is the signatory to a letter to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau calls for a travel ban on Indian students.

Canada has become a favorite university destination over the past decade with the number of Indian students choosing it as their preferred country. In doing so, the nation made significant progress between 2014 and 2019. Some of the explanations, as cited in the Canadian Bureau of International Education’s 2018 Global Survey of Researchers, are the status of strong, high-quality training, a multicultural and tolerant society, and an academic’s ability to work on and off campus while learning .

Undergraduates in Canada, the truth, have a three- to four-year pathway compared to one- to two-year master's students. “As such, in 2020, students were happy to start the online program with the goal of moving to on-campus study soon. Canada has seen healthy numbers and those numbers are holding up. Lakshmi Iyer, Government Director and Head of Training at Sannam S4 Consulting Agency, said: Masters students, who have a shorter study period, are in deferments so they can get experience on campus."

He added that with major international host sites in the Southern Hemisphere in Australia and New Zealand remaining closed for more than 15 months and likely to remain inaccessible until at least mid-2022, Canada would benefit from students who move away. “India is a market driven by immigration and return on investment. The Canadian government, by listening to the education sector and making timely changes to the rules, has made elections easier for Indian students.”