Canadian envoy counsels parents on students’ visa application

Lajos-Arendas-Deputy-High-Commissioner-of-CanadaDeputy High Commissioner of Canada to Nigeria, Lajos Arendas, has advised parents and guardian whose kids are studying in Canada, including prospective parents to adhere strictly to visa application guidelines stressing that doing so guarantees accelerated response in a matter of days rather than the usual 56 days.

Arendas, who spoke in Lagos during a reception in honour of representatives of Ridley College, Canada, by Nigerian parents and partners, further advised parents to apply in person at visa application centres instead of applying online, noting that if Nigerians who travel to Canada could return before the expiration of their first visas, subsequent visas would be issued them at a facts rate.

“The normal duration for processing of Canadian visa is 56 to 60 days. But if someone from Nigeria went to Canada and came back on time, that person will get his visa very quickly within a few days like one week or so, and not 56 days again. This is because that person has proved already that he or she is capable, Arendas stated.

“People that overstay their visas and stay illegally bring problems to their country, because we have to spend much time processing application of people from such countries,” he explained adding, “So parents should endeavour to fill their wards’ forms completely; provide accurate information as required; and also apply in person in visa centres to help accelerate the process. All the visa applications are handled in Lagos, not Abuja. However all students visas and online visas are processed in Accra, Ghana, and on that we have no power. And so, I will argue it is better to apply in visa application centres in person than to do it online.”

Executive Director of Advancement, Ridley College, Mr. Andrew Weller, in his remarks said the essence of the reception was to interact, network and update parents and prospective ones on activities in the college.

Weller who said the number of Nigerian students in the college has risen from 30 to 45 in the last one year, stressed that the college was committed to providing world-class education to a diverse community of students who have demonstrated willingness to learn and acquire refined knowledge that would enable them stay on top.

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