Tensions between Canada and India have been high in recent weeks and Mohawk College students are expressing the frustration that the feud is causing.
“It is hard and scary for new students who just arrived here in September because they might find it hard to get their work permit now,” International student Amandeep Kaur said.
The feud came after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said there were “credible allegations” linking the Indian government to the assassination of Sikh independence activist Hardeep Singh Nijjar.
India called the allegations “absurd” and politically-motivated. Evidence of these allegations has not been made public.
Many Indians in Canada are worried and hope that the crisis is only temporary. Some students like Sanya Vatish say that the crisis does not affect their personal life but still want it to end.
“I don’t believe the crisis is affecting me right now, but I know that many students are getting refusals back in my home country [India] and it’s affecting their visa applications,” Vatish said.
People who work to bring people to Canada, like immigration consultants who depend on immigrant clients from India and other countries, have been affected by the row. New immigration consultant Kedeisha Dawkins says that this will temporarily affect Canada’s immigration.
“I feel that the tension between India and Canada is not good for immigration in general because other countries might be worried about applying because tension is never a good thing for immigration and therefore not good for our clients and businesses either,” Dawkins said.