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Bangladeshi students are concerned about limiting Canada’s ‘student visa’

Arafat Rahman

According to IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) report, Canada has topped the list of preferred countries for higher education for the past decade.

The Canadian government has announced a 35 percent reduction in the rate of obtaining visas at the undergraduate level for international students in 2024 and 2025. Also, the country has increased the cost of living from 10,000 to 20,635 Canadian dollars. As a result, students are forced to change their dream of moving to Canada for higher education.

According to IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) report, Canada has topped the list of preferred countries for higher education for the past decade.

The number of Bangladeshi students studying in Canada increased from 1,365 in 2015 to 9,535 in 2023. This number will increase in the future, but due to various restrictions, students will have to reconsider their choice of country.

Shafat Razin, a student at SFX Greenherald School, is planning to study at a university in Canada in the fall semester after completing his A-2 Level exams. Applied for preferred programs and scholarship opportunities at Carleton University and York University. But visa restrictions will hinder his dream.

Shafat spent about 30 thousand taka for applying to two universities. He said, “I had already wanted to go to Canada and I acted accordingly.” But now I don’t know if I will get a visa even if I get a scholarship. If the government had announced earlier, the students would have had the opportunity to reconsider the decision on various issues including the application fee.

Students expressed their interest in the country by seeing the rate of visits of relatives and international students to Canada. Shreya Semanti is one of them. He applied to four universities to study in Canada after finishing high school this year. But now planning to apply to universities in USA and Australia due to visa restrictions.

Why this ban?

An IRCC statement announcing the visa ban said, “The rapid increase in the number of international students in Canada is putting pressure on housing, health care and other services. We work to protect students from disadvantage and promote sustainable population development. Therefore, the Canadian government is taking various measures to keep the number of international students stable.

The housing crisis is currently the hottest topic in Canada. Canada’s deputy prime minister said earlier this month that “excessive housing rents are a challenge for the country’s citizens.” According to Canada’s national census data in 2021, one in three people live in a rental home and one in seven homes are too expensive for residents. While there is debate over whether migrants and international students are to blame for the housing crisis, the government has imposed restrictions on the public.

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