Currently, hordes of students are flocking to visa consultants nationwide as this ‘golden opportunity’ is thrown open to them for only six months. Experts opine that this project is for ‘selected’ government community colleges in Canada and has now virtually made migration of that country a cakewalk for our students.
“Now Canada study permit is guaranteed within 14 days, by fulfilling seven basic requirements of the High Commission,” informs Kamal K Bhumbla, the CEO of BN Overseas Educational Services, the leaders in foreign educational services for the last 14 years, in an interview with RMS Atwal.
Excerpts from the interview:
1Q. The Canada Student Partnership Programme is very much in news these days. What does it mean to us and how is it going?
Ans: The response so far is tremendous. We at BN Overseas are getting hundreds of enquiries every day. As you know, this project was launched on May 4th, as a new policy for selected community colleges in Canada. The idea is not only to streamline the student application process but to put it in the fast lane. In the past we have seen that the Canadian High Commission (CHC) has not given many visas to Indian students (just 3000-4000 last year) as compared to other countries. As a healthy development, the Canadian Government is now keen on getting more and more international students from Australia, the UK and India. Under this project the application will be processed in very short time. They have asked for only seven documents and the visa application process will be processed within 14 days. It is guaranteed.
2Q. Would you elaborate on these seven documents?
Ans: These are: 1. An application for a student visa 2. An acceptance letter from a Canadian education institution 3. Receipt of tuition fees 4. An IELTS score-card 5. Copy of a diploma or another similar certificate 6. Proof of a bank loan 7. Income tax or employment details of the parents.
As compared to earlier years, now the application process is very short and the file contains few documents. So, submission of all these ‘genuine’ documents can guarantee our students visa in few days.
3 Q. But what about cases of fraudulent documentation from the Punjab region?
Ans: Following interaction with various high commissions during all these years, I have found that most of the fraudulent documents come from Punjab or Hyderabad. Though this leaves a very bad and negative image of our people, we should only provide genuine documents. Today, almost every country is looking for Indian students because they are believed to easily learn the English language and settle in the country of their choice. Our students are hard-workers and are preferred world
over. But here’s a warning. If a student is found to submit fraudulent documents he can be barred for applying immigration to any other country for five years, which can ultimately destroy student’s career and their parents’ pride. The CHC is very strict about this.
4Q. Getting a permanent residency is the main motive of our students. How is the Canadian government reacting to their urge to settle down on studies completion?
Ans: Not only Canada, all countries are looking for international students because it’s a high revenue generating business
these days. No doubt Indian students’ main aim is to settle down there but Canada has no problem about it considering its huge size and scarce population. Our students can study there for two years, work part-time and full time after 3-4 years. Good thing is Indian students adopt a foreign culture pretty fast. You can see them completely turning Canadian after a few months of reaching there. So, they are all welcome to stay back there. If a student gets a degree from a Canadian institute he can work anywhere in the world … I suggest that during the course of the visa interview he should honestly say, “if I get a chance to work there I will stay there but may come back if given a better offer in an MNC in India.” I must say if he is going abroad for higher studies, he will get an international exposure and get a chance to meet the best in the world. He will earn international exposure which will help his complete personality development.
5.Q Which courses are in high demand in Canada these days?
Ans: Canadian universities are looking for international bona fide students. The student who have completed Senior Secondary Education are eligible for undergraduate diploma or certificate and bachelors degree in any stream related to their previous studies i.e. Buisness, IT, Hospitality, Nursing, Management, Engineering, etc. Canadian Education has 10+2+4 system and thus has a four-year degree program. International students who have completed a three-year degree have an option to go for Graduate Diploma or Certificate. Student who has gained a Canadian degree can easily get a PR in Canada.
6.Q Do you think just scoring 5.5 bands in IELTS in India is fair enough and fly abroad?
Ans: Students from this part of India are not that good in English but they can work hard and come up to the expectations of foreign universities and colleges. Yes, I agree, just scoring 5.5 bands is not enough. It does take 2-3 months abroad to adjust to a foreign environment.
7.Q How is the job situation in Canada at the moment keeping in view the Australia situation?
Ans: If we talk about Australia, I have been working for student visas since 1996. There is still shortage of skilled workers in that country though so many Indian students have gone there. Similarly, Canada is a big country with very less population. The Canadian government is looking for more efficient and skilled people. Job opportunities are still tremendous there and the present recession is just a temporary phase. Everybody can get jobs there. But our students have to learn and get into their system. For a job, they will have to complete their particular education because every profession needs at least a diploma. I can assure from both my personal and professional experience that there is no problem of jobs in Canada. This is absolutely the right time to move to Canada for our students as this project is going to last for only six months.
8.Q. You have been a Canada visa expert for 14 years now. What advice you have for our students wishing to migrate to Canada?
Ans: Any student wishing to migrate to not only Canada but to any foreign country I would like to request them to remember one thing that they are pride of their country and their country should be proud of them.