12 January 2010

Canada to focus on growing Canadian Student Visa applications

Canada is expected to take a cue from the Australian booming education sector and start eyeing off the lucrative Indian market.

Canadian Immigration state that more than 130,000 students come to study in Canada every year, and more come to the country for language education in one or both of the country’s official languages: English and French.

Peter Milliken, speaker of the House of Commons, Parliament of Canada, recently said the country has already simplified the application processes, and has seen a significant increase in Canadian Student Visa applicants from India.

“We want to make things easier for the students and for this we have simplified the student visa norms about six months ago. It is much easier to get one now and they can study in Canada at much lower costs,” he said.

Gurbax Singh Malhi, a Canadian MP of Punjabi origin, confirmed the ease of application to Canadian education providers saying: “There are at least 23 community colleges across Canada where students can apply directly instead of routing their applications to the universities”.

“The fee charged is much less and it is easier to get their applications processed this way,” he said.

The Canadian Visa Bureau is an independent consulting company specialising in helping people with their Canadian  Visa applications to the Canadian High Commission.

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