The recent announcement by the Canadian government regarding changes to study permit applications has stirred discontent among prospective students in Punjab. Students are expressing dissatisfaction, emphasizing that the new regulations, set to take effect on January 1, 2024, pose additional challenges and hinder their ability to choose preferred provinces and universities.
Canadian Government’s New Study Permit Rules Spark Discontent Among Prospective Students in Punjab
Many students, like Manmeet Kaur, a Class XII student aspiring to migrate to Canada next September, are particularly concerned about the financial implications. The doubled Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) amount, now $20,635, has added strain to families already navigating the financial burden of education abroad. Manmeet shared her family’s predicament, stating that the increased costs may necessitate a loan of Rs 25 lakh, including the previously considered Rs 15 lakh.
Critics argue that instead of addressing key issues such as college fees, rent control, and affordable accommodation, the Canadian government’s new regulations have added complexities and financial burdens for aspiring students. This discontent highlights the need for a more comprehensive approach to address the challenges faced by international students in pursuing education in Canada.