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Visa refusals frustrate efforts to bring in more international students


At the same time when Canada is attracting more international students from around the world, there are concerns qualified applicants from certain countries are getting turned away because of the visa process. According to Fazley Siddiq, a University of New Brunswick professor, visas have been a headache for applicants from countries like Pakistan and Nigeria. The approval rate for Pakistani students' study permit applications is only 32%. Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen said the approval rate for visas for Pakistani nationals has gone up under the Liberal government. Hussen also said the government will soon announce an expansion to the Student Direct Stream (SDS) to include applicants from Pakistan. The program, which already covers applicants from China, India, the Philippines and Vietnam, is designed to speed up the processing of student visas. #International_students, #SDS, #IRCC, #Pakistan

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