August 16, 2021
Canadian Visa, COVID Guidelines, Covid-19, overseas education, study abroad, Study abroad aspirants, Study in Canada
The past few months have been seemingly tough and challenging for all the young group of aspirants who were planning to study abroad for the coming fall semester. The challenge began in 2020 when the COVID pandemic troubled the countries globally, with deaths at a tremendous rate and infection spreading even faster. Due to a country-wise lockdown, the visa processing and other paperwork related to studying overseas were held longer.
While the students have begun traveling to their desired study destination to start their new session physically from their campus, some countries are still trying to curb the effects of the deadly infection in their country. Hence, affecting the academic year of the students who are already admitted to the universities of these countries. In one of the previous articles, we discussed the hurdles students face for Canada as their study destination. Beginning from the uncertainty of vaccine guidelines to rigid COVID restriction for travelers, the list is pretty long still now.
There has been a new challenge witnessed in recent weeks. Students who had previously applied for Canadian visas are now facing rejection. The expert’s team from Student Cover will elaborate more on this further in the article.
After the United States, Canada is where most Indian students are lining up to take admission in the universities and form a hopeful future and career for themselves. Students from countries like India face tough competition even when trying to get into a good university abroad. Getting good grades in high school and competitive examinations like IELTS is the key to admission into an excellent Canadian university.
Even though the academic records are straight-up excellent of an aspirant, paperwork remains an area where nothing could be said confidently. Moreover, the pandemic has made things even more challenging over the past few months and a whole year. The effect is now also visible on the approval of Canadian visas for students from India. Students remain skeptical for many reasons regarding visa approval; also, considering the long list of students applying to study in Canada.
The past few weeks saw a consistent rejection of study visa applications by the Canadian High Commission. Even the students with good academic records and a great IELTS score suffer from a long-held visa application, especially in India. The list of students is divided based on their visa applications into AIP and Biometrics, as Gyandhan explains.
AIP (Approval in Principle Scheme) is the visa category wherein a visa is approved for students who meet the eligibility criteria of already admission into a Canadian university and can pay the university’s fees (showing the proof of one-year costs deposit of the university). AIP category students usually find it easier to get their visas approved without any hiccups in the process. However, things have been pretty overwhelming and different this time.
Visa application rejection is a consistent feature with or without the pandemic. However, the numbers have increased drastically. About 60% of students have been denied their visa applications in the past few weeks. Hence, now they are on their way to apply for it again.
While numerous sources are stating different reasons for the visa application rejection, the common factor remains pandemic. One might wonder that when other countries are opening up visa processing very smoothly, why is Canada creating so many hurdles on the path. The critical aspect remains how the early vaccine was reached in these countries and how swiftly the work could start again. Due to the rise in cases again in India, Canada initially had to pose restrictions such as banning direct flights from India. When the limits were at ease, and the flights were resumed again, non-essential travelers were kept on rigid COVID guidelines when traveling to Canada.
While India suffered a colossal loss from May till June, all the paperwork took a back seat due to lockdown in the country. Since the government offices and embassies were closed, the paperwork was put to hold. Eventually, everything opening together led to a backlog of students waiting for their visas to get approved. According to a source, there are still about 3-4 lakhs of visa applications from Indian students pending approval. Canadian officials have mentioned that it is now challenging to accommodate lakhs of students together in the country. Hence, visa applications of students with weak cases have been rejected by the commission.
As the officials say, a year-long work has to be done in just a few months, posing difficulty in various levels. So, the officials are rejecting students’ visas with weaker ones at the initial stage, which would give the universities and other authorities the required time to adjust for more students. The students could apply again, and in a matter of 6-7 months, there would be enough preparations to welcome more students.
The reason mentioned above is just one of the outer aspects of visa rejection. However, there are other varying and consistently occurring reasons, such as the academic record of the student and their financial condition to be able to stay in the country and pay for the educational and other expenses. A source mentions that if a student with low grades applies for a subject that cannot score well, there is a good chance of visa rejection. The case could be vice-versa too. A student with an excellent academic record applies for a too easy course, giving the officials chance to think why the student is doing something they have already done in their home country?
Officials tend to send a general letter mentioning the rejection of the study visa. This letter does not mention the reason why it has been rejected. The students can ask for Global Case Management System (GCMS) or Computer Assisted Immigration Processing System (CAIPS) to know the real reason. They can analyze and apply for the visa again.
Remember to obtain a good student insurance plan while traveling abroad and make your stay easy and affordable healthcare facilities abroad during your study years. Student Cover deals in student insurance plans and provides the best deal to the study abroad, aspirants.
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