International students discuss visa delays, hurdles faced in coming to Canada

July 20, 2021
City News 1130 spoke to international students Dr Tamana Khatir and Arhum Ladak about the challenges they faced with coming to Canada to study during the COVID-19 pandemic. Khatir explained that challenges such as delayed paperwork, increased financial burdens, and issues securing admission have exhausted many international students. She discussed how the visa process became lengthened due to the pandemic, and how other hurdles, such as getting vaccinated, finding flights, and quarantining have posed challenges. Ladak shared the challenges of participating in classes at the University of Calgary online due to the time difference, and explained that the visa process was lengthy with no way to contact Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada for information. City News 1130 (National)