Many countries (like UK), which were previously a favourite among Indian students as destinations for higher studies, no longer hold much appeal. Keeping the current scenario in mind, many such countries have modified their visa rules and are trying to attract more Indian students.
Australia, Canada and New Zealand have become the next popular countries for higher studies. They have made some changes in the VISA rules and scholarships for these students.
According to the experts, while Canada has grown manifold in the past 4 years, US is still in the first position in attracting the Indian students.
The changes in the VISA rules will take effect from 01st June 2014.
It was reported that the new regulations will improve services to genuine students, while protecting Canada's international reputation for high-quality education and reducing the potential for fraud and misuse of the programme.
As per the new rules, registered Indians who are also foreign nationals may study in Canada without a study permit as they have the right of entry into Canada.
Further, study permits will automatically authorise the holder to work off-campus for up to 20 hours a week during the academic session and full-time during scheduled breaks without the need to apply for a separate work permit.
Some reports say, Canadian institutions have already begun the compaigns in India to attract more students.
For instance, some of the Canadian institutions have already tied up with the Indian institutions. The students from these institutions are taken to Canada for 3-7 days and are provided with an overview of the educational and employment scenario in that country.