Yes, they are still awaiting to get their Canada study visas. This is due to the continuing strike by PAFSO (Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers).
International students’ future at stake—The future of thousands of aspiring students from different nations is at stake even as the strike by the PAFSO seems to show no signs of ending at least in the coming times.
As per the information, the strike has led to an increasingly high rate of Canada visa backlog not just for Canada student visas but for all Canada visa categories.
it may be worth mentioned here that international students wanting to begin their study in Canada College or Canada educational institute are a worried lot these days. They are eagerly awaiting the approval of their applications for Canada student visas.
Decline in Canada visa approval rate--There seems to be no respite from the worry for such foreign students.
The decline has been clearly visible in the approval rate of Canada visas by nearly 15 percent. And there has also been a decline in the number of applicants for Canada visas, confirms an official representative of PAFSO.
All such things are proving to be a big deterrent in the way of those wanting to study overseas for getting a foreign degree for a better future ahead.
Affect no Canadian educational institutes—Canada educational institutes including Canadian schools and Canadian colleges are getting seriously affected by the strike and its impact on the approval of Canada student visa applications. Long waiting period for Canada student visa approvals is affecting the long-standing reputation of Canada as a favored destination for studying abroad.
In such a scenario, many foreigners wanting to study in Canada may have no other option but to reconsider their decision of pursuing study in Canada.
According to director of international relations for the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, Gail Bowkett, the issue is, undoubtedly, a serious one. After all, foreign students are an important source of revenue by contributing nearly $18,641 towards tuition fees and other fees each year.
As per the figures for the year 2012, annual spending by foreign students was said to be $7.7 billion. And this is certainly something that cannot be ignored by Canada. That’s not all. Several higher educational officers are estimating Canada visa backlog is going to become even worse.
And this is an issue worth consideration for Canada not just for foreign students wanting to study in Canada.