Canada Announces Major Changes To Help International Students

Canada international student changes

Much to the anxiety among the international students on the prospects of studying abroad, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has recently made changes in study permit and how time spent studying online would account towards Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP). 

In a news release issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), the following measures were listed to help international students: 

  • IRCC will prioritize the processing of study permits for students who have submitted a completed application online.
  • Introduction of the temporary two-stage approval process for international students to begin their Canadian education program online in time for the fall 2020 academic year. It may benefit students who can not yet submit a completed study permit application. The relief is available till September 15, 2020
  • IRCC will consider adding the total time duration spent on online education towards the Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) eligibility. This is extremely beneficial for students who aspire to get permanent residence after their education in Canada. However, students who have submitted a study permit application and if at least 50 per cent of the program is completed in Canada are eligible to claim relief.

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Attracting students for September 2020 Academic Year 

IRCC looks to provide relief for international students seeking admissions in the upcoming fall 2020 academic year. The recently released changes will help who begin their programs online this September at a Canadian designated learning institution (DLI).

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Getting a pre-approval for study permit will enable IRCC to process applications quickly. The approval-in-principle stage requires the candidates to submit their letter of acceptance and testify the available funds eligible for study in Canada. Once the approval-in-principle is issued, applicants can begin studying online from a remote location. 

The final approval stage verifies all the admissibility requirements, including medical examination, police certificate. Once approved, the applicant can travel to Canada. However, it would depend on how the COVID-19 situation and any associated travel restrictions will evolve. 

International students contribute economically and socially to Canada’s progress. They bring in about $22 billion annually to the economy as well as help to further enrich Canadian society. International students are allowed to work for up to three years in Canada on a PGWP. 

The amount of work experience that they gain in Canada can help them get permanent residence and eventually citizenship. Popular pathways like Express Entry, the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), are available for international students who aspire to settle in Canada fora better career opportunity and high living standards. IRCC pegs this figure at 60,000 every year.  

Contact our immigration consultants to get the latest updates on Canada Immigration and know how to qualify for the same.

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