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Challenges and Opportunities for Gujarati Students in Canada: A Look at the Changing Landscape of Study and Work Permits

“Ahmedabad Student Faces Hardships in Pursuit of Canadian Dream”

Sarvesh Patel, a 23-year-old student from Ahmedabad, had high hopes of building a successful career in Canada after enrolling in finance and sports management courses in May 2023. However, his journey to finding a job in Toronto has been filled with challenges and disappointments.

“It took me three months to find a job. Instead of relying on job portals, I had to personally hand out applications to various stores and businesses, hoping for any opportunity,” shared Patel. “The competition is tough, with 25 applicants vying for every job in Toronto and its surroundings. It’s not impossible to find a job, but it’s definitely a tough road for students like me from Gujarat.”

With recent changes in regulations affecting international students, Patel and others in the Gujarati community in Canada are concerned about their future prospects. Hemant Shah, director of Overseas Friends of India Canada, noted that the new rules could significantly impact the influx of students seeking opportunities in the country.

“Many students from Gujarat saw short-term courses as a pathway to permanent residency in Canada. However, with the new regulations, only those who align with the long-term needs of the country may have a chance,” explained Shah.

Shiv Bhasker, president of OFIC, advised students to carefully research their opportunities and motivations for coming to Canada. “Canadian universities should not be seen as just a visa office. It’s important to understand the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead,” he emphasized.

As the September intake approaches, students like Sarvesh Patel are bracing themselves for the changes ahead and hoping to realize their Canadian dream despite the obstacles in their path.

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