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Casualties caught in the crossfire.

September 17th, 2013

Strange refusals, returned applications, frustrated students and institutions – the strike of Canada’s foreign diplomats made the summer ’13 a very memorable one, unfortunately. We’d like to hear your experiences. Write to us. Read More

Is the stoppage by visa officers getting media attention outside Canada?

July 30th, 2013

You bet. No time was wasted in the United Arab Emirates in covering the implications for those relying on the Canadian Embassy in Abu Dhabi.

Typical fraud in China

May 11th, 2013

The application came from one of the biggest Chinese agencies, with 20 offices, and reports sending 26,000 students abroad in 2011. It’s not the first time we’ve found fraud from this company, and likely not the last. The agency is also AIRC accredited. Read More

Canadian double standard ?

March 22nd, 2013

What do suspicious political campaign contributions in Quebec have to do with Canadian visa applications in many developing countries ? As Visa Officers like to say – follow the money ! Read More

College visa gravy train derailed ?

February 21st, 2013

“Sir, last year my friends got a visa for this same program,” was a common refrain from a refused visa applicant for a Canadian college post-graduate program at Canadian education fair this February in India. Read More

Visa processing time frames for the January 2013 intake.

January 15th, 2013

Admittedly, we might be a little early off the mark in some cases as we are using our own reasonable but not statistically significant baselines as gathered from applicants via the Canadian University Application Centre (CUAC). Read More

The first one now will later be last, for the times are a-changin’. (Bob Dylan on student visas to Canada ?)

September 14th, 2012

Ten years ago, Canadian visa officers overseas whispered, “it’s okay if the student graduates and stays in Canada. We just can’t say it out loud.” My how times have changed.
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