Amidst the diplomatic standoff between India and Canada, the Ministry of External Affairs has suspended visa services for Canadians. This has caused confusion among Telugu students in particular, especially those whose study visas are expiring soon. The duration of the visa service suspension is unclear, leaving students uncertain about their status. The Indian embassy in Canada has temporarily halted its services and there is no information on when they will resume.
Parents whose children are already in Canada are also concerned about the safety of their children and their return to India. Gang violence in Canada has added to these worries. The Indian government has issued an advisory to Indian nationals in Canada, including students, urging them to be cautious when traveling within the country.
The visa service suspension has led to panic among students, especially those with study visas. Rashmi Rao, a student from Hyderabad studying in the University of Toronto, is worried about her visa expiring next month and the lack of clarity on when visa services will resume.
Ramesh Reddy, whose daughter is studying in Canada, is concerned about the ongoing tension between the two countries. He had plans to visit his daughter but with visa services suspended, he is unsure about future plans. Riya, a student planning to apply for Masters in Canada in 2024, is also concerned about her safety and considering other options due to the current situation.
The president of Telangana Parents Association for Child Rights and Safety, Asif Hussain Sohail, has noticed increased concern among students. Current students are feeling apprehensive while those planning for the upcoming session are exploring alternative countries for their studies. Parents have been reaching out with concerns about their children’s safety.
It is important for the Indian government to provide clear guidance and information to alleviate these concerns and ensure the safety of students.