The international student’s dilemma: Opinion

In an opinion piece for Maclean’s, international student Harshit Maann (Lakehead University) discusses how the recent changes to Canada’s international student system have cast doubt upon his future prospects in the country. Maann explains how, since arriving to Thunder Bay in 2022, he has embraced Canadian life by studying hard, befriending other students, working a part-time job, and engaging with the surrounding community. However, the uncertain immigration landscape has left him worried and even fearful that the sacrifices he and his family made for him to study in Canada “will go down the drain.” While initially optimistic about studying in Canada, Maann states that these changing circumstances have him seriously considering leaving Canada upon graduation.