Entry visa acceptable for Indian primary schools in Chennai?

#1 May 7th, 2011, 00:18
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Hi folks, my husband will be in India on a business visa and we expect to be there 6-8 months. We want to put our three kids in school (1st, 2nd and 6th Standard) and are having a hard time sorting out a school given admissions are already over. A few people have said that if we come and present the children, given the time frame is short we might be okay. The problem is we need an acceptance letter to get student visas. To get a student visa we need a letter of acceptance, none of the schools we've been talking to will give us a letter of acceptance.

So ... we're considering giving up trying to get student visas for the kids and use Entry visas instead. My hope is that once we arrive we'll be able to get them into a school like Vidya mandir, vidya ashram or St.Michaels Academy.

Does anyone have any experience with how picky primary schools are with the requirement that foreign students have actual student visas? (We're looking at Indian schools as we can't afford the American or British School).

Any advice from someone who's faced this problem would be most welcome! (the kids have Canadian passports if that makes any difference)

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Kim
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Does anyone have any experience with how picky primary schools are with the requirement that foreign students have actual student visas? (We're looking at Indian schools as we can't afford the American or British School).
See the MHA Visa FAQ, questions 10 and 11. Normally they'll issue an 'X' visa and I don't see why this should be a problem. But there are capacity problems in Indian schools so they may understandably not be keen to take on students for 6-8 months. Here in Delhi this is usually solved by asking for a generous 'contribution'.

Also, and keep in mind this is just my personal opinion: I think -for a variety of reasons concerning curriculum, teaching methodology etc- that what you're doing to your children by enrolling them in a local school is totally irresponsible. They didn't choose to come to India so why should they pay for it? I'd seriously consider home schooling or sending them to a boarding school in Canada. If you're not getting paid enough to send them to a good international school then perhaps you shouldn't take them in the first place.
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Didn't the OP ask the same question here?

http://www.indiamike.com/india/india...ldren-t134357/
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Welcome to IndiaMike, Daniel and Kim!

I know this wasn't your idea, but I think that your children are much too young to be in a boarding school. I know that there are boarding schools available for that age, that's not what I'm saying, they should not be away from you that long.

How about this for a compromise? Before you go, get copies of the curriculum your children would be learning from school in Canada. Your school should have no problem in providing this for you. Just get the core subjects (math, science, reading, writing, and social studies). Enroll them in an Indian school. Stay involved in the schooling, and find out every day what they are learning. In the evening, go over anything they are missing from their Canadian curriculum. This way, they will have the Canadian curriculum along with the experience of a lifetime - learning to appreciate another culture and making friends in another country. You could also include anything your children or you find interesting in your evening lessons (I'm thinking music, sports, art - whatever the exploratory classes in Canada would be).

That might be something to consider. I hope that your whole family enjoys their time in India!
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Maybe this will help you.

http://www.aisch.org/index.php?optio...d=47&Itemid=67

Under age requirement it does say that x visa will be accepted.
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I know that there are boarding schools available for that age, that's not what I'm saying, they should not be away from you that long.
Not going to argue the merits of that argument but consider if placing them -at that age- in a totally alien environment where the lingua franca will not likely be english or french, totally different food, rote learning, large classes, totally different societal concept, different subjects....would be that much better...especially if it's for 6-8 months. Everybody their opinion but if I'd have children I'd send them to an international school or -if money were an issue- I'd just go home.
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Obviously the education is up to Daniel and Kim, and they know their children and what they can and can't do more than anyone else. The language would be a problem if English or French is not being used.

Maybe they could send their children to school and if the children are not thriving there, then they could home school if they have the Canadian curriculum. But children of that age need their parents and obstacles of all kinds can be overcome if you keep the family together. I stand by my opinion that their children are too young for boarding school. Maybe home schooling is the way to go.
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Hi DaisyL Thanks for that. That was a help. We finally got through to the right people in the Embassy in Vancouver and while they wouldn't put it in writing, they did say that an entry visa was enough. It really turned out that the call centre folks just didn't know what they were talking about....

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Originally Posted by DaisyL View Post Maybe this will help you.

http://www.aisch.org/index.php?optio...d=47&Itemid=67

Under age requirement it does say that x visa will be accepted.
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I'm very happy that was helpful. Thanks for letting us know.

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