Passport Submission services will resume for all visa categories, through a 2-way courier system, from 19 July 2021. Applicants who wish to avail this service and have a passport submission letter can visit the official VFS website, to obtain more details.
This comes at a time when international students, especially those of Indian origin are showing an increased interest in studying in Canada or resuming their studies.
Between 2000 and 2019, the number of study permit holders grew from 122,700 to 642,500, according to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Within ten years of getting their initial study visa, three out of ten overseas students who came to Canada after 2000 converted to permanent status. According to a Statistics Canada study, half of the master’s degree students and six out of ten doctorate degree students made the transfer within the same time frame.
International graduates who pursued post-secondary education outside of a university setting are of particular relevance. When compared to those who originally enrolled between 2000 and 2004, the number of international graduates who became permanent residents more than quadrupled between 2010 and 2014. This might indicate that a growing number of overseas students are flocking to Canada to seek post-secondary education in the hopes of becoming permanent citizens. It may be simpler to get into non-university post-secondary programmes than university ones.