Earlier Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) permitted online courses from home countries for the fall 2020 semester and they will be eligible for the Post-graduate Work-permit, which is available for up to three years. During normal days, time spent studying in Canada is deducted from the length of the work permit.
Now to facilitate international students, an in-principle approval process has been introduced.
Canada has announced more flexibility in its immigration rules, to serve the needs of its international students.
Marco E L Mendicino, Canada’s immigration minister, said, “The pandemic has had a significant impact on international students and the Canadian institutions and communities that host them. This is why we have implemented a series of measures to support them. We value the contribution of young people seeking a high-quality education in Canada, and we’re making every effort to minimize how current challenges affect their plans and dreams for the future.”
This newly introduced norm is about giving priority processing of study-permits to those international students, who have submitted a complete application online, before Sept-15.
IRCC noted, as soon as international students receive an in-principal approval, they can count the time spent studying online abroad (from their home country), towards their PGWP.
The processing of study-permit on priority basis followed by an in-principal approval will give international students that assurance to enroll and begin their online-studies for the upcoming fall semester, even though they aren’t able to submit all required documents due to pandemic-related closures.
Adding to that, as soon as services begin to reopen, the applicants will be required to submit their documents and receive an approved study permit before being allowed to travel to Canada.
So far we, as an immigration expert see the recent US crisis a larger number of international students are opting to study in Canada. The PGWP not only offers work experience but provides some good points for their way to Permanent Residency (PR).
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