Canada may open borders to International Students opting to study in Coronavirus-ready Institutions

Canada may open borders to International Students opting to study in Coronavirus-ready Institutions

In a big relief to student communities, Canada will be allowing international students to travel to Canada from October 20, provided their designated-learning institutions are pre-approved for a coronavirus-readiness plan. 

A designated-learning institution is a college/university which is approved by the respective provincial or territorial governments to host international students. Additionally, these institutions must now have a coronavirus-readiness plan approved by the health authorities of their respective place of location. 

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Such readiness plans will include details on health and travel requirements before arrival and help with quarantine plans including guidance in acquiring necessities like groceries and medicine. The complete list of all the designated-learning institutions can be found here, as and when updated. 

Many international students who aspire to study abroad in Canada live in countries with limited access to the internet, and time differences that make for impractical class timings. Moreover, students choose to study abroad for the amount of practical exposure they may gain during the entire study course which cannot be obtained from online classes.  

Take this free online assessment to know your eligibility for study permit in Canada.

Immediate family members allowed to travel

Canada has also decided to allow immediate family members to accompany students, if necessary. An immediate family member may include spouses and common-law partners, dependents. 

In another press release, the Immigration Minister Mendicino claimed over 53,000 study permits were issued in August. His government had earlier liberalized the post-graduation work permit criteria for existing international students. 

Here is the official notification from the Immigration, Refugees, and CItizenship Canada (IRCC)

Canada is now ranked third among the top three study destinations for international students. The country welcomed 642,000 foreign students in 2019. Canadian provinces like Ontario, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island attract the majority of international students.

According to a Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) research, international students choose Canada for being a multicultural and tolerant society, apart from quality education standards. Over 60% of foreign students every year lookup to obtain permanent residence by gaining the required work experience in Canada after their studies. 

CanApprove is an ICCRC-certified overseas education and immigration consultant. You can choose to contact our consultants to get more details on various study programs or immigration programs and wisely plan for your Canadian Immigration. 

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