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New Canadian Biometric Requirements in Place for International Students and Other Visa Holders

As of July 31, 2018, international students applying for Canadian student visas from Europe, the Middle East, and Africa are required to provide biometric facial photos and fingerprint data to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) officers when entering the country. The requirements will also apply to applicants for visitor, work, permanent residency, or refugee asylum visas. Applicants already in Canada are temporarily exempt from the requirements pending the establishment of biometric application processing centres in Canada starting in 2019. Canada’s Biometric Initiative program, which is designed to ease legitimate travel to Canada while protecting national security and preventing identify fraud, will be extended to applicants from Asia, Asia- Pacific, and the Americas starting December 31, 2018. Canada already collects biometric data from refugee applicants from 30 countries. Tourists from visa-exempt countries with valid Electronic Travel Authorizations (eTA) are exempt from the requirement, as are: Canadian citizens US nationals Citizenship…

Let’s Talk About It: Chinese International Students and Their Mental Health

The Enticing Opportunities Abroad As the global village becomes more and more tight-knit, students are eager to study abroad for opportunities at foreign institutions and programs of study that are renowned for academic excellence. We found that a very large amount of Chinese students, from primary to post secondary, are choosing to enter the western educational system for better opportunities. In the past few years, there have been over 350,000 Chinese students studying annually in North America. Chinese students are the single largest international student population on most American campuses. But have we ever wondered why the population of Chinese students studying abroad is growing larger every year and if this transition is difficult for them? Or what it’s like for these students to leave their home country and immerse themselves into a new culture, language, and environment—alone? We have found that Chinese parents choose to send their children abroad…

Heed International Travel Warnings—But Don’t Stop Travelling

If you’re planning any offshore travel out of the western hemisphere this summer, take a good look at your World Atlas and be prepared to prune down your choices. We’re living in dangerous times, but that doesn’t mean you should cut yourself off from civilization and content yourself with backyard barbecues. If you take common-sense precautions you can still enjoy your travel! At various times over the past four years we have advised international travellers to be vigilant and prepared for the unexpected, no matter where they are headed. We have gathered the key articles into sequential order so you can review them all, and perhaps find some answers to apply to your own travel plans. Preparing for the Unexpected Canada Raises “High Caution” Flags on Many Foreign Countries Terrorism in Paris. Are You Insured Against It? Trip Insurance for a European Summer: You Need It Preparing for Travel in…