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India To Canada Direct Flights Have Resumed

India To Canada Direct Flights Have Resumed; Here’s What You Need To Know

India To Canada Direct Flights Have Resumed

Direct flights from India to Canada have resumed after almost 5 months. Canada first announced its ban on direct flights from India in April 2021 during the second wave of Covid-19. After multiple postponements, the latest being in August 2021, direct flights from India are officially back in business!

Air Canada, the flag carrier and the largest airline of Canada, has restarted nonstop flights from India to Toronto with the Delhi Airport being the first port of call for them effective September 21, 2021, onwards with a new Covid testing protocol.

Air Canada’s Covid Test Requirements For Flights From India

As per Air Canada’s website, these are the new requirements from all the passengers travelling to Canada:

  • WHO-approved vaccinated passengers must undergo an RT-PCR or a rapid PCR test within 18 hours of boarding their flights from the Covid-19 Testing Centre and Lounge at Delhi Airport’s Terminal 3.
  • The requirement of a negative RT-PCR report from a third country (transit country) has been dropped.

In addition to the new requirements, the following conditions still remain:

  • All travellers must be double vaccinated.
  • Only the following vaccines are recognised by Canada:
    1. Johnson
    2. Moderna
    3. Pfizer
    4. Covishield
  • All documents must be uploaded before departure on https://www.arrivecan-online.com

With the ban on direct flights from India to Canada lifted, it comes as a sigh of relief (albeit new stringent testing requirements) as it now doesn’t require travellers to opt for indirect flight routes.

Flight tickets’ prices can be very expensive and to help students get a cheaper rate, we have additional services called GradOns.
This includes services like student accommodations,
flight tickets at cheaper rates, US bank accounts, Canada GIC Account, Forex services, debit cards and credit cards. 

Click on GradOns below to get started.

Canada GIC For International Students

Canada GIC for international students

What Is A GIC?

A GIC (Guaranteed Investment Certificate) for international students is the proof of funds required for a student’s Canadian visa/Canada study permit application. The Canadian government needs an assurance that once a student lands in Canada, he/she has sufficient funds (minimum 10,000 CAD) to cover their living expenses for at least one year. A Canada GIC for international students would prove this. 

GICs lock in the funds for a predetermined time with a fixed or variable interest rate. The interest rate is directly proportional to the time chosen i.e. the longer the time, the higher the interest rate.

Types of GICs For International Students

There are 2 types of GICs:

  • Cashable or Redeemable GICs
    In a cashable/redeemable GIC, financial institutions allow the holder to redeem or cash out their principal before maturity. Interest rates are typically lower.
  • Non-Cashable GICs
    A Non-Cashable GIC cannot be cashed in before the maturity date. The funds are locked in for a specific term. These yield a higher return.

How Does A GIC Work?

A GIC acts as a savings account that offers fixed returns to all eligible candidates over a period of time.

Once a student owns a GIC, the interest is paid out to their savings account at regular intervals or it can be added to the initial investment and paid at maturity. 

When the term is over, and the GIC matures, the student can choose to automatically invest in another GIC or have the earnings deposited into his/her savings account.

How Is A GIC Different From A Regular Savings Account?

  • Interest rates for a GIC do not fluctuate unless the student has opted for variable interest rate. 
  • GICs are typically non-redeemable. If he/she decides to break the non-redeemable GIC, they may be charged a penalty. 

Benefits Of A Canada GIC For International Students

  • Low-risk and predictable returns.
  • The principal amount is insured.
  • A good option for short or mid-term financial goals.

Quick GIC Facts

  • A Canada GIC for international students is needed to qualify for a student visa/Canada study permit.
  • An advantage of the program is that the student will have access to a Canadian bank account once a student account is set up in his/her name.
  • As an alternate option, some universities allow students to submit a copy of:
    The receipt for the first year’s tuition fee
    An Educational Loan from an Indian Chartered Bank equivalent to CAD 10,000.

GIC For International Students: FAQs

What is the minimum & maximum amount that can be transferred into a GIC account?

Min: CAD 10,000 + 200 (processing fee)

Max: CAD 50,000 + 200 (processing fee)

What will be the monthly disbursed amount?

An equal monthly instalment of principal and interest will be paid from your GIC account into the student’s savings account for 12 months.

What if my VISA gets rejected?

 If your VISA gets rejected, the entire amount deposited will be refunded back. However, the student needs to provide valid documents to support it.

What does a student have to do after arriving in Canada?

After reaching Canada, the student must do the in-person verification at the nearest branch of the GIC Account bank. With few banks, the verification can be done for your Canada GIC for international students at the nearest post office.

Speaking of arrival in Canada, if you’re looking for indirect flight routes from India to Canada, you can find them here.

Can a third-party in India transfer or deposit funds into my GIC Account?

GIC For Students: Why GradRight Is A Good Option!

GradRight’s additional services, GradOns has partnered with ICICI Bank to help Canada-bound international students open a GIC Account. But why should you choose GradOns for your GIC?

  • ICICI Bank is one of the most popular options for Indian students heading to Canada.
  • Receive the Proof of Funds Certificate within 24 hours & if the source account is ICICI, then within 3 hours.
  • 24/7 customer support in India and Canada.
  • Debit Card delivered at Indian residence before travel.
  • Operate the account from India.
  • Low rejection ratio.
  • Avail Credit card at no annual fee.
  • Cashbacks & offers are available.
PS: We recently did an Instagram Live session with Mr Venu Chinta, Product Solutions Manager, ICICI Bank Canada. The live session revolved around topics like Canada GIC for international students, Forex and prepaid cards. Make sure you check that out. 

Click on ‘GradOns’ below to get started with your GIC Account.

Types of Scholarships for International Students

Scholarships for International Students: The types

“Study abroad is expensive”. That’s the most common myth about studying abroad.
While the tuition fees and living costs might seem “beyond the budget”, there are ways for students to lower their overall cost of education. One such way is through scholarships and financial aid. And there are plenty of scholarships for international students, no matter where they’re from.

The process involves a lot of research. One of the first steps is to identify the different types of scholarships available.

In this blog, we give you 6 different types of scholarships for international students.

Types of Scholarships for International Students; Meri-based, University, country specific, government, private and bursaries

1. Merit-Based Scholarships

  • These are scholarships for international students awarded to those who show exceptional academic performance. 
  • It is based on a student’s level of success and does not take financial status into consideration.
  • A common misconception is that merit-based scholarships are just limited to grades. The fact, however, is that some universities consider any co-curricular talents including athletic abilities or musical skills.
  • The money granted by a merit-based scholarship is almost exclusively meant to cover tuition fees.

2. University Scholarships

  • University scholarships are scholarships from universities/colleges to help students fund their studies. 
  • Many of these are entrance scholarships. In other words, students don’t need to apply to be considered for the award.
  • Your admission into the university/college, by default, makes you eligible.
  • We recently wrote a blog on The University Of Dundee Scholarships for International students, which is a university-specific scholarship for international students.

3. Country-specific Scholarships

  • Country-specific scholarships are awarded to students to encourage higher studies from developing countries.
  • There are also many private institutions that give scholarships to students from these countries.

4. Government Scholarships

  • With these scholarships, different agencies register with the government and offer scholarships for students.
  • State governments may fund scholarships for residents attending college in their state.
  • Foreign governments may offer global scholarships for international students to study in their country.
  • The Fulbright Foreign Student Program and The Chevening Scholarship are a couple of examples of scholarships for international students. 

5. Private Scholarships

  • These are the scholarships funded by individual donors or privately owned businesses.
  • Many companies, community organizations sponsor study abroad scholarships. Scholarships from these organizations are called outside/external/private scholarships.
  • Individual donors set up a private fund for students who need financial aid. These scholarships are awarded based on academic merit or financial need depending on the donor.
  • Most of these have strict eligibility requirements, such as:
    From a developing country
    For women/minorities/specific areas of study

6. Financial Scholarships

  • Also known as bursaries/need-based scholarships, these are a form of aid to enable students to attend graduate schools.
  • If the student is still supported by their parents, the scholarship provider will analyze the parents’ income and ability to pay for the tuition fees. 
  • They may also look at factors such as citizenship and residence status, tax statements, or employment. 
  • If the student supports themselves, their own income will be assessed.
  • These scholarships are independent of merit scholarships. In some cases, students may qualify for both merit-based and need-based scholarships depending on the program or university.

Now that you’re aware of the different types of scholarships available, you can use this approach below to move on to the next steps:

  • Research and make a list of international scholarships you could be eligible for.
  • Make a checklist for each scholarship.
  • Gather the necessary documentation like transcripts, LORs and essays etc.
  • Review and get reviewed for feedback on your application.
  • Apply by submitting your application well ahead of the deadline.

7 Steps To Complete After Receiving Your College Offer Letter

7 Steps To Complete After Receiving Your College Offer Letter

Congratulations! Your hard work is finally paying off. The college offer letter is in your hands now. But, that’s just half of the job done. However, the good news is that you’ve cleared the difficult half and you are now in a strong position to finally study in the college of your dreams.

This will happen, provided you know what to do next. Oh! Yes. That’s what you are here for. And that’s what we’ll take you through.

Here are 7 steps you need to do next after receiving your college offer letter to ensure a streamlined, structured and organized second half.

1. Read the college offer letter and attached materials thoroughly

This is the first and one of the most important steps you would be doing once you get your offer letter. Go through the letter as it may contain valuable and vital information like financial aids (if any), steps regarding registration and any other important next steps. 

Make sure you don’t skim through the pages and read them with proper attention.

2. Wait for more college offer letters

If you have applied to multiple colleges/universities and you are waiting for their responses, it’s recommended you wait a bit longer before submitting the acceptance letter of the first college you have been presented an opportunity in. Compare and weigh the pros and cons of different colleges before proceeding to the next step.

However, if you have applied to only one college, then you can skip this step.

3. Level up your research

Get more information about the college, its culture, graduation rates per year, location and placement records

Talk to student alumni, current students, follow the college on social media to stay up to date with them, take a virtual tour of the campus, understand how you would feel if you were there at that time, and if the virtual tour is not available, call them up and get your doubts clarified.

4. Talk to your family and friends

In matters like these, it’s always a good thing to take another’s opinion, especially if that other person is your family member or a close friend. Sometimes, they would be able to assess the situation and the options better and help you attain better clarity.

5. Plan your finances

As of now, you know how much it is going to cost you with regards to the tuition fees. As a next step, you’d have done some research and calculated your cost of living and checked whether your family finances, loans, scholarships and grants would cover the entire cost or not. If not, look for alternate funding options.

If you cannot self-fund yourself to study abroad, then the next option you would look for is an education loan. And that’s where we step in.

GradRight’s own proprietary platform, FundRight is your go-to tool in this case. Why? Because, FundRight, being India’s 1st Loan Bidding Platform, helps you find the best education loan based on your profile, background and other details so that you can get to save a lot of money which you probably would not if you take the traditional route.

Interested? Sign up at the end of the blog and we’ll guide you through.

6. Keep track of deadlines

While reading the admit letter and the other materials, make it a rule of thumb to note down all the important dates and deadlines.

Deadlines may include: The last date to sign up for orientation, the last date to send in the acceptance letter, or the last date to submit your financial aid documents if any and many other deadlines too.

7. Respond to colleges

While it is extremely important to respond to the college with your acceptance letter and other required documents, it is an equally important gesture to respond to the colleges you’ve declined as it opens up a place for other students.

When it comes to starting a new journey in your life, it is crucial to not take any decisions in haste without considering all the options at hand. This new educational journey starts with the college offer letter but the continuation is based on your patience, research and decision-making.

Leaving you with a very short quote that talks about how important decisions are:

“Decisions determine destiny.”

best forex card for students

Forex For Students Going Abroad, Explained.

Forex For Study Abroad Students, Explained.

best forex card for students

What Is Forex?

Foreign Exchange (forex or FX) is the trading of one currency for another. Foreign exchange transactions take place on the foreign exchange market, also known as the forex market which is an electronic network of banks, institutions, and individual traders. Forex for students going abroad is very important as Forex transactions allow students to pay for their expenses without worrying about currency or cash issues. That’s why it’s crucial to choose the best forex card for students. 

In simple terms, a 100 Rupee note is valid only in India, but if you were to go abroad, you’d need to buy the currency of that country. Each country decides the exchange rate of its currency, which is called the mid-market rate. Forex rates are constantly fluctuating and it is important to find the best time to make a transaction.

Best Forex Cards for Students: The Different Types Of Services

Different Forex services serve different purposes, such as:

  • Wire transfer/Remittance: Money transfer from a domestic account to international account or vice versa is a remittance. Considering you are in India, an outward remittance is money transfer from an Indian account to an international account and the opposite is termed inward remittance. It is primarily used for University fee payment or bank account to bank account money transfer.
  • Forex card: In the absence of an international account, students use a forex card which allows them to convert the currency at a fixed rate & load into a card. This card can then be used as a debit card, although, it doesn’t help in building a credit history. It is widely used for personal expenses.
  • Currency notes: A maximum of USD 3000 can be carried in the form of currency notes. Bank & forex brokers convert the currency and hand over the amount in cash to you.

Key Forex Service Providers

  • EbixCash
  • BookMyForex
  • Wall Street Forex
  • WISE
  • ICICI Bank

Tips to find the best deals

There are many forex organisations and choosing the best one can seem daunting.

Here’s a handy checklist you can use to find the best forex card for students.

Find out:

  • Is exchange for relevant currency available?
  • What is the markup fee?
  • Other charges apart from the exchange rate?
  • What is the process to book an order for a remittance/Forex card?
  • What are the documents required?
  • Turn around time for wire transaction completion?
  • Is forex card home delivery available? & what is the TAT?
  • How much time does the card activation process take?
  • What are the ATM withdrawal/POS/E-commerce transaction charges on a forex card?
  • Can tax be exempted for your transaction?

Forex For Students: FAQs

Is there a limit to how much Forex I can carry?

The total amount of Foreign Exchange utilized by a student both in terms of Forex cards & Wire transfers, in a financial year must not exceed USD 250,000 for educational purposes.

My brother is studying abroad. Can I use his card for my use?

No, Forex cards for students are highly regulated and KYC compliant. If you don’t have valid proof of Forex purchase, your entire Forex amount is liable to be confiscated.

What are the benefits of a Forex Card over Debit/Credit Card?

  • Little to no issuance fee.
  •  $2 or its equivalent in other currency is charged per withdrawal vs upto $500/$1000 for international debit/credit cards.
  • No Merchant Service fee.
  • Frozen exchange rates.
  • No additional conversion charges.

Where can I send a Wire Transfer / Purchase a Forex card from?

  • Banks
  • Online Sites
  • Local Vendors

What documents are required for different Forex services?

Remittance (Wire Transfer):

  • Passport front & back
  • PAN Card
  • University offer letter
  • Student Visa
  • Cheque
  • A2 form (Provided by forex agent)
  • Form 26AS (if applicable)

Forex Card:

  • Passport front & back
  • PAN Card
  • Student Visa
  • One way air ticket
  • Form 26AS (if applicable)

Currency Notes:

  • Passport front & back
  • PAN Card
  • Student Visa
  • One way air ticket

When is the ideal time to find the best exchange rates?

The forex market closes by 5:00 pm every day. 10:00 am – 1:00 pm is an ideal time to make a transaction. Towards the end of business hours, the rates tend to increase. Avoid transactions on weekends as holiday charges will be applicable.

Is there an annual limit to utilize forex?

A total of USD 250,000 can be transferred for education purposes. This limit is inclusive of wire transfer, forex card & currency notes. A maximum of $3000 can be carried in the form of cash.

What are the other charges applicable?

Most forex agents charge as follows apart from the forex rate:

  • Conversion charges/Service charges (ranging from INR 200 – INR 500)
  • GST @ 0.1%
  • Tax (as applicable)

But the charges may vary based on the agent that you choose. Please check with your agent before you go ahead.

Can my Forex card be home delivered?

Most banks do not have a home delivery service. However, some forex brokers provide home delivery service for forex cards. 

When should I really buy a forex card?

You can buy a forex card within 60 days of the travel date. However, it is recommended to order the card at least a week before your travel date. This will ensure you have sufficient time for card delivery & activation.

What are a few market practices to look out for?

Here are a few unhealthy practices that are common in the market:

  • Hidden transaction charges.
  • Unclear communication on required documents.
  • The unclear status of transaction.
  • Forex card delivery issues.
  • Poor TAT on Forex card activation.
  • Poor customer service.
  • Unreasonable exchange rate.
  • Unlicensed agents.

Best Forex Card For Students: Why GradRight Is A Good Option?

GradRight’s additional services, GradOns, brings you the best in town partners for safe & fast transactions. We can help you choose the best forex card for students. Here’s why you should choose GradOns for your Forex.

  • Compare rates of multiple partners on the same page.
  • Freeze rates for upto 3 days.
  • Forex card available at your doorstep.
  • Verified & licensed forex agents.
  • Better rates.
  • Guaranteed Cashback on completion of a transaction.

Click on GradOns to get started!

Spring Intake in USA

The US Spring Intake Timeline For International Students

The US Spring Intake Timeline

Being one among the three large admission cycles, the spring intake in USA, along with Fall intake, also sees a huge number of applications from across the world. The Spring entry programs start in January every year and hence it is also known as the January Intake.
Starting in January would mean you would be joining in the middle of an academic year, which implies graduation at a later date. However, what makes a spring intake in USA better is the smooth transition it offers due to less competition.

The timeline for the US Spring Intake would involve different action items ranging from research to finances and the entire process would take around 12-14 months, ideally.

How Should Your Timeline Look Like For The Spring Intake in USA?

Spring Intake in USA

14-12 months: Research

Your research should include finding the suitable course and the university(s) that fit your criteria, understanding their fee structure and admission requirements.

Research should not just be limited to just universities but also scholarships as well as available education loan options to fund your higher education. Also look for institutes that have a spring intake in USA in addition to a fall intake. 

12-10 months: Tests

Once you’ve got a basic understanding of the admission process, prepare for the required admission tests like GRE/GMAT and language tests like IELTS and TOEFL.

11-8 months: Apply

Apply to your shortlisted universities and have all the necessary items and documents while applying like your resume, test scores, Statement Of Purpose (SOP), Letter(s) Of Recommendation (LOR), application fees etc.

While researching, look for when the application process begins for the spring intake in USA. 

8-5 months: Acceptance letters and interviews

Once you get a reply from the college or university you have applied to, revert them as soon as you can. The spring intake in USA typically has a small class size. So timely response is crucial.

And inform your college about your decision if you get an acceptance letter.

Keep track of deadlines for the same.

Also, do keep in mind you will be asked to pay a non-refundable deposit to confirm the admission.

4-2 months: Finances and VISA

After you are accepted by a university, you would need to plan your finances.

Look for US Scholarships for international students and also apply for education loans (if needed).

Apply for the student VISA and make sure you fulfil all the requirements of a US Study VISA.

2-1 months: Book your tickets

While booking your flight, look for student discounts and connect with other international or Indian students travelling to the US.

How Can We Help?

While we were all about loans, we are expanding into universities too; shortlisting & admissions!

You might be at any stage; giving our exams, shortlisting your universities, exploring loan options, applying actively or even lost in the shuffle. And that’s OKAY!

We want to help you at every stage of your journey so you choose right and select right!

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University Of Dundee

University Of Dundee Scholarships For Indian Students

University Of Dundee Scholarships For Indian Students

The University of Dundee is a public research university in Dundee, Scotland. The University is recognized for its excellent learning and teaching. It is number 1 in the UK for Creative Writing and in the top five for Forensic Science, Education, Medicine, Biomedical Science and Pharmacology & Pharmacy. They offer a number of University of Dundee scholarships for international students who want to study at the University.

University Of Dundee

University Of Dundee Scholarship: Global Excellence Scholarships (Postgraduate) 2021/22

Scholarship Value

The Global Excellence Scholarships of £5,000 is awarded to applicants who have demonstrated excellence through academic, extra-curricular, or voluntary activities.

Eligibility

To be considered for the scholarship, applicants must:

  • Hold an academic offer for a PG program in any of their academic schools.
  • The program should begin in either September 2021 or January 2022.
  • The program must be full time, 180 credits, and 12-months in duration.
  • Hold International Fee status, as determined by the University.
  • Have achieved either a UK 1st Class Honours degree or an equivalent degree.

Application Process

  • There is no separate application form for this scholarship and written applications are not accepted.
  • Eligibility for the scholarship is based on academic achievements.
  • The Admissions Team at the University will assess your eligibility for this scholarship as part of your program application.

Further Information

Please read the Key Facts Document for Postgraduate 2021-22 for this scholarship, which provides further information and details any exclusions.

University Of Dundee Scholarship: The South Asia Scholarship (Postgraduate) - 21/22

Scholarship Value

The University of Dundee is offering postgraduate taught scholarships of £5,000 to applicants from South Asia.

Eligibility

To be eligible for this scholarship, applicants must:

  • Be studying a full time, 180 credit postgraduate taught program over the course of 1 year.
  • If you are studying a 2-year full-time program, you may be eligible for the awards in both years.
  • Be domiciled in South Asia.
  • Have International fee status.

Application Process

  • There is no separate application form for this scholarship.
  • Your eligibility will be assessed as part of your program application.
  • You will be notified in writing if you have received a scholarship.

Further Information

Please read the full set of Terms and Conditions for this University of Dundee scholarship.

Chevening Scholarship

The Chevening Scholarship: Scholarship Opportunity For Indian Students

The Chevening Scholarship

Chevening Scholarship

The Chevening Scholarship is an exciting scholarship opportunity for international students as a part of the UK government’s international scholarships programme. Funded by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and partner organisations, they offer awards to study in the UK for one year on a fully-funded master’s degree course.

What Does The Chevening Scholarship Cover?

The Chevening Scholarship includes:

  • University tuition fees
  • A monthly stipend
  • Travel costs to and from the UK
  • An arrival allowance
  • A homeward departure allowance
  • The cost of one visa application
  • A travel grant to attend Chevening events in the UK

Eligibility for The Chevening Scholarship

To be eligible for a Chevening Scholarship you must:

  • Be a citizen of a Chevening-eligible country or territory. 
  • Return to your country of citizenship for a minimum of two years after your award has ended.
  • Have completed all components of an undergraduate degree that will enable you to gain entry onto a postgraduate programme at a UK university by the time you submit your application.
  • Have at least two years (equivalent to 2,800 hours) of work experience.
    The following types of work experience are eligible for Chevening Scholarship:
    1. Full-time employment
    2. Part-time employment
    3. Voluntary work
    4. Paid or unpaid internships
  • Apply to three different eligible UK university courses and have received an unconditional offer from one of these choices by 14 July 2022.

Eligible Courses

To be eligible, the courses you choose must be full-time, and:

  • Start in the autumn term (usually September/October)
  • Taught master’s (i.e. not research-focused MRes programmes)
  • Lead to a master’s degree qualification
  • Based in the UK

Ineligibility

You are not eligible for a Chevening Scholarship if you:

  • Hold British or dual British citizenship.
  • Hold refugee status in a non-Chevening eligible country.
  • Are an employee, a former employee, or relative of an employee of Her Majesty’s Government, or have been within the last two years from the opening of Chevening applications or a staff member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities.
  • Employees, former employees, or relatives of an employee of Chevening Partner organisations are eligible to apply, but if the employment took place within the last two years, you cannot receive a Chevening Partner Award from the organisation from which you work, previously worked, or are affiliated with through relatives.
  • Have previously studied in the UK with funding from a UK Government-funded scholarship.

Ineligible Courses

Courses cannot be:

  • Part-time
  • Distance learning
  • Less than nine months in duration
  • More than 12 months in duration
  • PhD or DPhil
  • Taught with more than one month of study outside the UK

Documents Required

These are the documents required to be submitted by the students applying for the scholarship:

  • Relevant education documents
  • Reference Letters
  • One unconditional UK university offer

References

Things to keep in mind while uploading your references:

  • References must be written in English.
  • You must upload two different references.
  • If the embassy or high commission in your country/territory has temporarily suspended operations, please address your reference letter to ‘Chevening Officer [name of country or territory].’
  • If you need to change your referees before submitting your references before the deadline of 22 February 2022, you can do this in the online system.
  • Your reference should cover the following:
    1. Their contact details: address, email address, and phone number.
    2. How long have they known you?
    3. In what capacity do they know you?
    4. When did they last have regular contact with you?
    5. A brief overall endorsement of the applicant, including your:
    – Skills in leadership and networking.
    – Personal, intellectual, and interpersonal qualities.
    – Ability to complete a demanding academic programme in the UK.

The Timeline of The Chevening Scholarship

  • 3 August 2021: Applications open.
  • 2 November 2021: Applications close.
  • 3 November 2021: Applications are sifted against the eligibility criteria.
  • Mid-November to December 2021: Independent reading committees assess all eligible applications. Their scores and rankings are then passed back to local British embassies/high commissions.
  • Early to mid-February 2022: Applicants shortlisted for interviews.
  • February to late-April 2022: References and education documents deadline.
  • 28 February – 29 April 2022: Interviews take place.
  • From early June 2022: Results are announced
  • 14 July 2022: The deadline to receive and submit at least one unconditional UK university offer is 17:00 BST (UK time) on 14 July 2022.

For complete details regarding The Chevening Scholarship, visit their website. 

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Canada extends travel ban on direct Indian flights till September 21, 2021

Canada Extends Travel Ban On Indian Flights

Canada Extends Travel Ban On Indian Flights

The Canadian government, on Monday i.e. August 10th, 2021, has extended the Canada travel ban on Indian flights till September 21. The ban was earlier till August 21.

Here is the official statement:

“Based on the latest public health advice from the Public Health Agency of Canada, Transport Canada is extending the Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) that restricts all direct commercial and private passenger flights to Canada from India until September 21, 2021, at 23:59 EDT.”

The Canada travel ban was first imposed on April 22. Recently, for the fifth time, the ban has been extended.

Due to the rapid spread of the Covid-19 virus during the second wave as well as the increasing threat of the Delta variant, many countries have decided to impose a travel ban on flights from the subcontinent. This is adding more hurdles for Indian students who want to go to Canada for their higher education.

How does this affect the travel plans of students?

With direct flights from India banned till September, students would have to look at indirect flights via Qatar, Doha, Maldives, Mexico, Russia, Serbia, Ukraine and Egypt. Each of the following countries has its own set of guidelines concerning Covid testing, quarantine duration and the requirement of return tickets.

We have covered the different indirect flight routes from India to Canada along with their pros, cons and things to keep in mind like supporting documentation and accommodation availabilities in this blog here.

Flight tickets’ prices can be very expensive on some of these routes. To help students get a cheaper rate, we have additional services called GradOns.

This includes services like accommodations, flight tickets (cheaper rates), Canada GIC Account, Forex services and credit and debit cards too.

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India To Canada Indirect Flight Routes For Students

India To Canada Indirect Flight Routes For Students

Indirect flights from India to Canada

Due to the high number of cases due to Covid-19 and the increase in the spread of the Delta variant, many countries have restricted direct flights from India. One such country, which is a very popular study abroad destination for Indian students, is Canada. Canada has imposed its travel ban on Indian flights, first, on April 22nd. Recently, for the fifth time, the ban has been extended from August 21 to September 21This has proved to be an obstacle for students who are Canada-bound. However, indirect flights from India to Canada are accepted with certain conditions.

In this article, we look at the different indirect flights from India to Canada along with their respective pros and cons so you can choose what’s best for you.

Here’s what the official statements say:

  • “…Passengers who travel to Canada from India via an indirect route will need to obtain a pre-departure negative COVID-19 molecular test result from a third country before continuing their journey to Canada,” says Transport Canada’s website.
  • If you’ve previously tested positive for COVID-19, you must show proof of a positive COVID-19 molecular test conducted between 14 and 90 days before departure, instead of a negative COVID-19 molecular test.
    “This proof must be obtained in a third country before the continuation of the journey to Canada,” Transport Canada advised. “You might need to seek entry and stay in a third country for at least 14 days.”

India To Canada Via Qatar

Doha, the capital of Qatar is known for its exquisite and modern architecture and has become the first preference of travelers who wish to avail indirect flights from India to Canada.

The Good

  • Availability of direct flights.
  • Less travel time.

The Bad

  • 10 days quarantine is compulsory.
  • Important to be vaccinated by the recognised vaccines by MOPH (2 doses of CoviShield and a gap of 14 days after the 2nd dose).

Things To Keep In Mind

  • Authorized travelers who present a valid international certificate for full vaccination against Covid 19, with the use of an approved vaccine, will undergo antibody testing on arrival. Those testing negative will be exempt from the 10-day quarantine requirement.
  • Those testing positive will be required to undergo PCR testing and are not exempt from the quarantine requirement.
  • Approval from the Ehteraz app is required to be taken within 72 – 12 hours of travel; if only 12 hours are left, then they approve only in special cases.
  • It usually takes about 12 – 24 to get the RTPCR report in Doha. 
  • Here is the official Quarantine Accommodation Reservation form.

India To Canada Via Albania

It’s pretty safe to travel around Albania. The country is very welcoming to travelers. Use it as a stopover to board indirect flights from India to Canada.

The Good

  • Hotel availability is never an issue.
  • As of now, a vaccination certificate is not required to travel.
  • Good flight connections from Albania to Canada.
  • It does not come under Air Bubble and so, a return ticket is not required.

The Bad

  • An expensive travel option.
  • Flight availability can be a challenge.

India To Canada Via Maldives

The Maldives is an amazing exotic island, perfect for holiday destinations and ever since the Maldives has opened its doors for Indians, it has once again started to get popular among travelers seeking indirect flights from India to Canada.

The Good

  • Fully vaccinated visitors with approved vaccination certificates do not need to quarantine.
  • India and Maldives share ethnic, linguistic, cultural, religious and commercial links and enjoy close, cordial and multi-dimensional relations.
  • On-Arrival visa Processing.

The Bad

  • Limited resort options opened for South Asians in the Maldives.
  • Expensive flight connections from the Maldives to Canada.

Things To Keep In Mind

  • A return ticket to India is required as it comes under the Air Bubble agreement.
  • Imuga Form is to be filled before you enter the Maldives.
  • Check resorts that are approved for quarantine in the Maldives.
  • All travellers are required to present a negative result of the nucleic acid test (PCR) taken 72 hours before departure

India To Canada Via Mexico

Since May, Canada via Mexico has been the most tested route and has been a blessing in disguise to travellers wanting to go to Canada from India.

The Good

  • The route has been tested by 1000s of passengers to Canada.
  • Hotel availabilities is not an issue.
  • A vaccination certificate is not required.
  • It does not come under Air bubble so a return ticket is not required.
  • Travellers from India are not required to quarantine after entering Mexico.

The Bad

  • Flights are very expensive.
  • An increase in Covid cases is a concern.

Things To Keep In Mind

*This information is subject to change. Please check the relevant government websites.

How To Choose A Route That's Best For You?

You can have the following points in mind while choosing a particular route from India to Canada. Choose a country/route where:

  • Visa processing doesn’t take much time.
  • The results of RT-PCR are obtained quickly.
  • The number of Covid cases is less or in a gradual decline.
  • Number of travellers are less as a higher number of travellers results in an increase in ticket prices.

Flight tickets’ prices can be very expensive on some of these routes and to help students get a better rate, we have additional services called GradOns.
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