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Canada Surpasses US to Become Preferred Among Indian Students

January 2018, 02
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As per a recent report by Institute of International Education (IIE) and US Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs, there is a decline of Indian students registering in US campuses for their higher education. The year 2016-17 saw just 1.3% of the increase in enrolments. Over 500 US universities and colleges experienced an average decline of 7% in new admissions. This decline is due to the increase in interest that Indian students are building towards Canada.

Canada has witnessed an increase in new enrolments from Indian students as compared to 2016. By October 2017, number of Indians holding Canada study permit was 54,425, which is higher than the figures reported for 2016.  

A couple of factors like Trump’s tough stance on immigration and nominal fee in Canadian colleges as compared to the US; are some of the factors which are working in favour of Canada. 

Canada’s immigration policies are very famous and are inviting a lot of Indians to choose Canada for permanent residence. This stands valid for students too because upon going to Canada as a student, eventually Canadian PR can be applied. 

While Canadian government is making sure to invite more & more people, US is further tightening its policies and closing doors for skilled professionals too. Students study from a foreign country because eventually, they wish to settle there and earn good but Trump’s tough policies are getting moulded in a way where less scope is left for anyone to migrate to the US. The very famous Optical Practical Training (OPT) program now has lost its charm because the scope of US H1B visa is under question. Foreign students who study in the US and eventually stay under OPT have an option to work in the US under H1B visa, but when H1B is in itself under doldrums it has affected OPT program too. Whereas in Canada, employers are hiring international students under STEM fields and a pathway to Canadian PR is also faster when a student studies from a Canadian university. 

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