Canada launches accelerated visa scheme Nigeria Student Express - Global Education Times (GET News)

Canada launches accelerated visa scheme Nigeria Student Express

Canada has announced the launch of Nigeria Student Express, an accelerated visa processing scheme for Nigerian students.

Under the new pilot scheme, eligible Nigerian students will have the luxury of expedited visa processing time frames.

Nigeria Student Express (NSE), a new visa pilot scheme, has been launched by the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

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Canada now 3rd most popular study abroad destination - Global Education Times (GET News)

Canada now 3rd most popular study abroad destination

Canada has become the world’s 3rd most popular study abroad destination for international students.

Over the past decade, the study abroad international student population in Canada has tripled, having reached 642,000 students last year.

Canada now ranks as the world’s third most popular higher education destination, behind the USA and Australia. UNESCO has revealed that the number of international students globally has increased five-fold, from 2 million in 2000 to 5 million today.

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Université de l'Ontario français lands C$126 million funding - Global Education Times (GET News)

Université de l’Ontario français lands C$126 million funding

Université de l’Ontario français, the first French-language university in Ontario, will receive $126 million in joint provincial and Canada federal government investment over eight years.

In September last year, the federal government of Canada and the provincial government of Ontario committed to establish and continue to support the Université de l’Ontario français (UOF).

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International students a powerful component of Canada’s economy - Global Education Times (GET News)

International students a powerful component of Canada’s economy

The presence of international students is proving powerful for Canada’s economy, according to data from the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE), with real estate being a key benefitting sector.

The most recent figures from 2017 showed that Canada had 494,525 international students, a 20% increase from the previous year and 119% increase since 2010.

In 2017, Canada was ranked the No. 1 country for education in the world by U.S. News and World Report, followed by the United Kingdom, Germany, Australia and the United States.

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4 in 10 applications for Canada student visa rejected - Global Education Times (GET News)

4 in 10 applications for Canada student visa rejected

39% of Canada student visa applicants were rejected in the first five months of 2019, statistics reveal.

The nearly 4-in-10 student visa rejections include applications for primary, secondary, post-secondary and language programmes.

Over half (53%) of all international students headed to study a Bachelor’s degree in Canada were turned away by immigration officials in the period from January to May this year, according to data provided by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

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British Columbia foreign students healthcare fees doubled - Global Education Times (GET News)

British Columbia foreign students healthcare fees doubled

An updated payment method from 2020 will see British Columbia foreign students healthcare costs doubled to Canadian $75 per month.

This news comes as Medical Service Plan (MSP) is eliminated for British Columbians in the Province.

The old MSP system required international students to pay premiums as part of their healthcare coverage. This was the same for Canada’s British Columbia natives.

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Faster Canada student visa for Pakistan with Student Direct Stream - Global Education Times (GET News)

Faster Canada student visa for Pakistan with Student Direct Stream

An initiative seeking to streamline and speed-up the processing of applications for inbound students in Canada has been expanded.

The Student Direct Stream will now be available to providing faster Canada student visa for Pakistan students.

Called the Student Direct Stream (SDS), the Canadian government expanded this faster visa-processing initiative, giving access to Pakistan students to apply for student visa study permits to Canada.

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