IRCC has just announced several major changes to help international students continue their studies in Canada.
International students offer significant social and economic benefits, which is why Canada seeks to attract them to the country. Before the COVID-19 pandemic began, Canada had over 640,000 international students.
In a statement released today, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) said it would help international students as follows:
- Priority will be given to processing the online application of study permits so that they are processed as soon as possible.
- IRCC is launching a two-step temporary approval process for international students who cannot yet submit a completed study permit application and who wish to start their Canadian educational program online. This temporary process is available for students who wish to start their program this fall and who submit their study permit application by September 15, 2020
- IRCC also allows students to start their Canadian studies online while they are still abroad and count this time in eligibility for their post-graduate work permit (PGWP) as long as they have submitted a study permit request and if at least 50% of the program is completed in Canada.
What are the benefits for International Students?
IRCC says it is putting in place these measures to help students start their programs in time for the fall 2020 school year.
IRCC recognizes that the global coronavirus crisis is creating uncertainty for international students. In addition, the pandemic has affected IRCC’s ability to process study permits.
However, these new changes will help students start their online programs this fall at a Canadian Designated Educational Institution (DLI). The changes made by IRCC have many advantages.
International students can rest assured that they can start their Canadian program online, which will protect their health and safety and allow them to achieve their various educational, career and immigration goals.
If they wish to start their Canadian studies this fall, IRCC will do its best to process their study permit as soon as possible. Even if the student is unable to submit a completed study permit application, IRCC will pre-approve them if they meet the conditions described below.
Students want to come to Canada because of its high quality of education. In addition, they are attracted to the possibilities of working in Canada during and after their studies and can potentially obtain permanent residence to become Canadian citizens of the future.
New IRCC policies aim to help international students pursue these goals.
What is the way to get a pre-approval for a study permit?
IRCC will provide approval in principle for study permits if students pass the first step.
To successfully complete the first step, study permit applicants must demonstrate that:
- They have been accepted at a Canadian DLI
- Have enough funds to support their education in Canada
- Meet all the other study permit requirements
After completing this step, students can begin their studies online while still abroad and this period still counts for their eligibility and duration for the PGWP (as long as they ultimately obtain a study permit).
To receive final approval for a study permit, students will need to complete the application process, including submitting biometrics and necessary documents such as a medical examination and a police certificate. Upon receipt of the final approval of their study permit, students will be able to travel to Canada.
The international student attraction greatly benefits the students themselves and in Canada.
Students are able to pursue an excellent level of education in one of the most open and diverse countries in the world. It is also less expensive to study in Canada than in countries like the United States. Students can work while working in a Canadian DLI, which can help them meet their living expenses in Canada and save for the future.
After completing their studies, they can obtain a PGWP to work in Canada for up to three years. The professional experience acquired in Canada can help them obtain permanent residence and possibly citizenship. Express entry, the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) and many other courses are available for international students who wish to obtain immigrant status.
According to IRCC, nearly 60,000 former international students become immigrants each year.
International students enrich the learning experience at Canadian colleges and universities and help enrich Canadian society even more. They also contribute $ 22 billion annually to the economy that supports 170,000 jobs in Canada.