Ravi Jain recently authored an article in the National Post where he discusses the escalating tensions between Canada and India following Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s claim of evidence linking the Indian government to the killing of Hardeep Singh Nijjar.
In response, India halted visa services for Canadians and issued a travel advisory, potentially impacting the immigration sector, particularly the influx of Indian students to Canada. The article emphasizes the importance of resolving the conflict swiftly to safeguard Canada’s immigration, as India is a crucial source country.
Mr. Jain highlights the significant contribution of Indian immigrants to Canada, with 118,095 Indians becoming permanent residents last year. Canada heavily relies on immigration to counter its aging population and low birth rate. Unlike the U.S., which prioritizes family-based immigration, Canada leans towards economic immigration, particularly from India. The article underscores the need to address productivity issues, encourage entrepreneurship, and dispel unfair blame on international students for problems like housing shortages.
The piece calls for better oversight of immigration consultants, as their numbers have surged to over 11,000, with some engaging in fraudulent practices. Mr. Jain proposes requiring consultants to work under the supervision of lawyers to ensure professionalism and reduce exploitation. While acknowledging potential reductions in immigration from India due to these changes, Mr. Jain believes it would lead to a more balanced and reasonable level of international students.
In conclusion, Mr. Jain urges using the strained relationship between Canada and India as an opportunity to reflect on the benefits brought by Indian immigrants and temporary residents. The proposed changes aim to strengthen Canada’s immigration system and address existing flaws.