Indian students to suffer as Canada doubles fund requirement for study visa

Toronto, Dec 8 (IANS): Canada's decision to double the amount of money that international students need to show to get a study visa will impact students from India the most as they make up about 40 per cent of all international students in Canada.

To get a study visa to Canada, a student currently needs to show $10,000 in his or her account for covering the initial cost of living.

But from 2024, the students will have to show at least in their $20,635 account on top of their one-year tuition fees. If students bring one family member with them, they will need to show an additional $4,000.

Of about 8,00,000 international students currently studying in Canada, 3,20,000 are from India. Students from Punjab roughly make up about 70 per cent of them.

Making this announcement on Thursday, Immigration Minister Marc Miller said, "Ahead of September 2024, we are prepared to take necessary measures, including significantly limiting visas, to ensure that designated learning institutions provide adequate and sufficient student support."

Since the huge influx of international students has caused a housing crisis, the minister said, "It would be a mistake to blame international students for the housing crisis. But it will also be a mistake to invite them to come to Canada with no support, including how to put a roof over their heads. That's why we expect learning institutions to only accept numbers of students that they’re able to provide for, able to house or assist in finding off campus housing."

Promising to shut fraudulent colleges that have sprung up across Canada to lure international students, the minister said, "There are, in provinces, the diploma equivalent of puppy mills that are just churning out diplomas, and this is not a legitimate student experience. There is fraud and abuse and it needs to end."

Threatening to reduce study visas, he said, "If provinces and territories cannot do this, we will do it for them and they will not like the bluntness of the instruments that we use."

The minister also extended the limit on international students to work more than 20 hours a week until April 30, 2024.




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  • Jossey Saldanha, Raheja Waterfront

    Fri, Dec 08 2023

    Indian students made Ullu ...

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  • Ivan Lobo, Mangalore/Canada

    Fri, Dec 08 2023

    There is huge scam going on. So called educational institutions are bring road Romeos from Punjab. Parents give them money for one semester. When they come here create all kinds of problems. Just in 2022, 900000 came on student visa. Now the government are cracking down.

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  • Ahmed, Bangalore

    Fri, Dec 08 2023

    Most of the indians intention to get student visa is not for studies but for gateway to jump into USA... Bhakts keep harassing here for Christians but wants to have luxurious life style in Christian countries.. Hypocrites.. Fake Desh Bhakts.

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  • Kumar, Mangalore . Surathkal

    Fri, Dec 08 2023

    Ahmed. That's why we support Israel not Palestine

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  • Ahmed, Bangalore

    Fri, Dec 08 2023

    @Kumar, doesn't make an iota of any difference even if you support Palestine which ain't in Bhakts blood which is full of hatred venom spread like cancer.

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  • Roland, Mangalore

    Fri, Dec 08 2023

    The bhakths and the so called’ nationalists have zero percent shame. Hypocrisy run in theur family and then will do anything for money. .

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  • Rajender, Mangalore

    Fri, Dec 08 2023

    There were many half baked WHATSAPP Bhakths -- propagating theories that without Indian Students-- Canada educational inst will suffer / will collapse etc

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