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Study in Canada-Visa Updates

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada  (IRCC) released it’s latest announcement on prioritizing study permit applications to facilitate online learning for international students.

The new measures include:


Providing priority study-permit processing for students who have submitted a complete visa application online.  To ensure that study permits are processed as quickly as possible for applications submitted before 15th Sept. 2020.

Allowing students to count the time spent pursuing their studies online abroad towards their eligibility for a post-graduation work permit. if they have submitted a study permit application and received Approval In Principle and at least 50% of their program is completed in Canada.
Providing reassurances to international students who cannot submit all of the documentation needed to complete visa processing.  Those who choose to pursue programs through distance learning, by implementing a temporary 2-stage approval process.
The temporary stages for approval are “Approval-In-Principle” and “Eligibility/Admissibility”:

“Approval-In-Principle” stage will include showing that the applicant has been accepted at a Canadian learning institution. if they have the available funds and are otherwise eligible for the study permit—will be notified of a first step approval.
Once the Approval-In-Principle is issued, applicants can begin studying online abroad and have that time count towards their post-graduation work permit. If they meet other criteria and that they eventually receive full approval of their study permit.
An applicant will receive final approval once they have met all eligibility and admissibility requirements, including biometrics and documents. After receiving approval letter applicant can travel to Canada.

COVID 19

In the wake of Covid-19, Canada’s Minister of Immigration has made a number of temporary policy changes to support and reassure international students and learning institutions.The pandemic has had a significant impact on international students, 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. Canada minister of Immigration making every effort to minimize how current challenges affect their plans and dreams for the future.”

In 2019, Canada hosted over 650,000 international students at the post-secondary education level. More than 58,000 former international students have become Canadian permanent residents.

Please don’t hesitate to contact Visa Connection for more details

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