The majority of International students that move to Canada for higher education come from India. Looking at the statistics of last year, approximately 35 percent of international students came from India.
What makes Canada the best choice for Indian Students?
Following are some of the major reasons that make Canada the topmost choice for Indian students for higher education:
- India has a large middle-class population with a high level of population proficient in English
- Canada is a more affordable option than other countries, yet it offers a very high level of education. Indian students can also work while studying in Canada to cover living expenses.
- Indians are drawn to Canada’s reputation for being an open and multicultural society and the fact that the country has a large Indian diaspora.
- Canada offers many options for Indians who wish to study, work, and eventually immigrate. Indian students are well placed to obtain a Canada PR Visa due to their high level of English proficiency, education and work experience gained in India, as well as the experience they gain in Canada.
Many Indians will still want to start their studies in Canada in the fall of 2020, despite the interruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Because of COVID-19, Canada has introduced many policies to help meet the immigration goals of people around the world. Canada recently stated that it would accept incomplete study permit applications if an individual was unable to obtain all of the documents they needed due to disturbances caused by coronaviruses. IRCC – Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada will wait for applicants to obtain such documents, rather than reject them.
In addition, Canada has made a major reform that will allow international students to start their Canadian program online in the fall of 2020 and remain eligible for a post-graduate work permit (PGWP). The PGWP allows international students to gain work experience in Canada for up to three years. This work experience makes Canadian student immigration applications more competitive.
Steps to study in Canada from Indian in fall 2020
If you are also looking to study in Canada from India, here is how you can do it, including how you can speed up the process:
Step 1: Explore Canada’s Designated Learning Institutions (DLIs) to identify the programs that interest you. DLIs are universities, colleges, and other educational institutions authorized by the government to welcome international students. There are over 1,500 DLIs in Canada, two-thirds of them in Ontario and Quebec.
Step 2: Apply for the DLIs of your choice. DLIs will consider you based on factors such as your transcripts, your English proficiency, how the program fits into your career plans, and professional and academic recommendations. DLIs that accept you will provide you with a Letter of Acceptance (LOA).
Step 3: Indians who wish to study in the province of Quebec must receive a Quebec acceptance certificate from the Quebec provincial government. After that, they must obtain a study permit from the federal government. Indians who wish to study in a province or territory outside Quebec need only submit a study permit application to the federal government.
The purpose of the study permit is to legally confirm that you are authorized to study in Canada. Key documents to submit as part of your study permit application include your LOA, proof that you can support yourself financially in Canada, as well as a medical examination and a police clearance certificate.
A Faster way to apply for a Study permit for Indians – Students Direct Stream
Fortunately, Indian students also have a faster processing pathway for their study permit application. That pathway is the SDS – Student Direct Stream. Through this, Canada is aiming to process the Indian study permit application in 20 calendar days.
Following is the minimum requirements to be eligible for SDS:
- A minimum score of 6 per band in IELTS in all abilities – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking
- Obtain a Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) of $10,000 CAD from a participating financial institution that meets the criteria for the SDS
- Prove that you have paid tuition fees for the first year of your studies in Canada
The SDS is a great option for Indians who want to start studying in Canada this fall.
Indians who obtain an LOA and then submit their completed study permit application in a timely manner should be able to begin their Canadian studies in time for the fall semester 2020.
Even if you cannot arrive in Canada by this fall due to the coronavirus pandemic, you can still start your program online in India and remain eligible for the very valuable post-graduate work permit. The PGWP, of course, can then help you become eligible for even more Canadian immigration programs.
Over 200,000 Indians are currently studying in Canada. You can join them in the coming months thanks to the welcoming policies that Canada has put in place for Indian students.