A step-by-step guide for Indians looking to study in Canada in the fall of 2020 including how to easily track your application for a study permit.
India is by far the number one source of international students moving to Canada.
Nearly 35% of Canada’s new student visas were given to Indians last year, well ahead of the second-leading country (China, at 21%).
In particular, Indians account for 34 per cent of Canada's over 640,000 foreign students.
Why Does Canada Attract Indian Students
India is such an important source of international students from Canada, for reasons including:
• India has a strong middle-class populace, with high English skills.
• Canada is a more affordable option than other countries and yet has very high educational standards. Indian students can also work to help cover their living expenses when they are studying in Canada.
• Indians are attracted to Canada 's reputation as an open and multicultural society, with a strong Indian diaspora in the region.
For Indians who want to study, work, and eventually immigrate, Canada offers many options. Indian students are well qualified to obtain permanent residency in Canada due to their high degree of English proficiency, educational and professional experience obtained in India, as well as the experiences they acquire in Canada
Despite the interruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic, many Indians will still want to begin their studies in Canada in the Fall of 2020.
Because of COVID-19, Canada has introduced a number of policies to help accommodate people around the world's immigration targets.
Furthermore, Canada has undertaken a major reform that will allow international students to start their Canadian program online in the fall of 2020 and remain eligible for a Postgraduate Work Permit (PGWP).
The PGWP requires foreign students to receive up to three years of professional work experience in Canada. Such job experience makes it more attractive for foreign students to apply for Canadian immigration.
How to Study from India in Canada for fall-2020 intake: Step by Step procedure
If you're planning to study from India in Canada, here's how you can do that, including how you can track the process quickly:
Stage 1: Explore the designated Canadian Learning Institutions (DLIs) to determine which programs are of interest to you. DLIs are universities, colleges, and other government-authorized educational institutions where foreign students are welcome. Over 1,500 DLIs exist across Canada, two-thirds of which are located in Ontario and Quebec.
Stage 2: Add your desired DLIs. Based on factors such as your transcripts, English language skills, how the program fits into your career plans and professional and academic recommendations, DLIs will consider you. DLIs that accept you will have a Letter of Acceptance (LOA) provided to you.
Stage 3: Indians wishing to study in Quebec must receive a Quebec Acceptance Certificate from the Government of Quebec; After that they need the federal government to receive a study permit. Indians who wish to study in any province or territory outside Quebec need only apply to the federal government for a study permit.
The study permit is intended to legally validate that you are qualified to study in Canada. Key documents to submit as part of your study permit application include your LOA, proof of being able to financially support yourself in Canada, as well as a medical examination and police certificate.
Fast-track alternative for Indians: The Direct Student Stream
Luckily, Indian students also have the option of quick-tracking their application for study permits.
Under the Student Direct Stream Canada aims to process Indians' applications for study permits within just 20 calendar days.
Indians must meet additional requirements to be eligible for the SDS, such as, but not limited to:
· Get a score of minimum 6 in IELTS Academic Test ability (read, write, listen, and speak);
· Obtain a $10,000 CAD Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) from a participating financial institution which meets the SDS criteria
· Show that the evidence that you have paid tuition fees in Canada for the first year of your studies
The SDS is a great choice for Indians looking to start their studies in Canada this fall.
Indians who obtain an LOA and then submit their completed application for a study permit in a timely manner should be able to start their Canadian studies in time for the fall 2020 semester.
Even if you are unable to arrive in Canada due to the coronavirus pandemic by this fall, you can still start your program online in India and remain eligible for the highly valuable postgraduate work permit. The PGWP, of course, will then help you become even more qualified for Canadian immigration programmes.
More than 200,000 Indians are studying in Canada at the moment. .Thanks to the welcoming policies that Canada has in place for Indian students