Immigration consultancies in India have now started to revive after the resumption of visa processing and countries allowing students to enrol in online programmes amid the global pandemic. As mentioned by immigration experts, more than 90% of universities in Canada will shift to online teaching in September 2020.
Students might be able to travel to the United Kingdom in September as the country has put the required travel guidelines in place. However, students wishing to study in Canada will be able to travel only in January 2021.
It has been observed that more students are likely to prefer January 2021 intake to September 2020 intake. Most study abroad aspirants do not want to take online classes and only those who could not travel due to the lockdown are currently applying for the September intake. Since July, various consultancies have mentioned that they have received more applications for Canada and fewer for Australia and the UK.
Canada has started a new visa application programme, letting consultancies start processing visa applications from Indian students. The Canadian government, for the current year, will be allowing international students to enrol in online classes in the beginning and later on give a visa for travelling after the situation returns to normalcy.
Visa applications for Australia are also being processed as of now. However, the number of applications is comparatively low as compared to previous years. There are more than 200 immigration consultancies in Chandigarh that have received only 200 applications till now.
Countries have not yet provided any indicator related to travel clearance and although visa processing has been started, consultations have witnessed a 50% decline in the number of applications received at this time of the year. More than one lakh students from Chandigarh and Punjab alone apply for higher education in Canada, UK and Australia.
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