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Still plenty of students despite decision to close visa offices
A decision to close visa offices in Seoul, Tokyo and Berlin may have caused some concern for trustees but, on a flight back from the Lower Mainland last week, the plane was about one-third filled by international students, said Kamloops-Thompson school district superintendent Terry Sullivan.
The board sent a letter to Citizenship and Immigration Canada in late July, expressing concerns about the office-closure decision and its potential impact on processing visas students need to come to Kamloops for education.
Other school districts in the province had expressed similar concerns and written similar letters, Sullivan said.
The reply from the federal ministerial-enquiries division noted the decision was made to “make processing more efficient and deliver better service and value for money to Canadians.”
The new system allows for electronic applications, payments and processing files.
The website has a wizard to assist applicants, tutorials, frequently asked questions section and other information and allows people to apply at any time, the letter states.
Sullivan said he’s not sure how the change might impact the international-student part of the school district, noting 110 foreign students came to Kamloops for education through the school district last year, the most ever, and he expects more this year.
There are 30 students on their way to the school district from Brazil, for example, Sullivan said.