The number of study permits given to Indian students in Canada dropped significantly in the last quarter of the previous year. This decrease was mainly because of a disagreement between India and Canada, leading to the removal of Canadian diplomats responsible for processing these permits. Moreover, fewer Indian students applied for study permits due to tensions surrounding a tragic incident involving a Sikh separatist leader in Canada, supposedly connected to Indian government agents. This diplomatic strain led to the withdrawal of two-thirds of Canadian staff from India, impacting the processing of Indian student applications.

In a recent interview, Immigration Minister Marc Miller expressed worry about a swift recovery in study permits for Indian students. The diplomatic tensions, set off by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau linking Indian government agents to the fatal incident, continue to affect future permit approvals. This strained relationship goes beyond permit reductions, causing an 86% decline in study permits issued to Indians in the last quarter of the previous year. Unreported data reveals a big drop in permits from 108,940 to 14,910. Counselor C. Gurusubramanian says Indian students are exploring other options due to diplomatic challenges. This is important as Indians make up over 41% of international students in Canada in 2022, affecting universities. Minister Marc Miller emphasizes the need to reduce the number of students, announcing measures, including a potential cap, to address challenges.