Coronavirus: Study in Canada - Updates for International students

BeingCanada

June 07, 2020

IRCC along with the Canadian Bureau of International Education, Universities Canada and College and Institutes Canada issued Covid-19 updates from IRCC.

During the testing times of Covid-19, countries have been seen imposing travel restrictions. In order to contain the spread of this deadly virus, Canada too stopped all international travels. These measures have deeply impacted the current and prospective International Students located inside and outside Canada. However, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has released dedicated efforts in minimising agonies of International travellers bound for Canada. 


IRCC along with the Canadian Bureau of International Education, Universities Canada and College and Institutes Canada issued Covid-19 updates from IRCC


If students are facing issues of expiry of their travel documents like passports in the coming weeks and there not in a state to renew these documents or have access to these documents, they can expect a respite from IRCC. As a measure, the students can submit applications for extensions of their status and submit supporting documentation with detailed explanation letters. This will result in the student shifting to an implied status and submit the documents at a later date as soon as they are able to access them.


The report mentioned, that IRCC is facing certain delays in processing study permit applications. Thus, students can expect late arrivals off their study visas and permits.


For international students who are due to start their study in Canada in the summer or fall sessions of 2020, can initiate their classes online and compete up to 50% of their program while outside Canada. This is not going to affect their Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) eligibility or time-period in anyway.


For students already in Canada, if the courses have moved completely online due to covid-19, they will still be eligible for a PGWPeven if their online education is going to account for more than 50% of their overall study.


Prospective international students must note, if they start their programs or courses online and without a study permit while they are outside Canada, the time spent will not be counted towards the eligibility for a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP).


The report also mentioned that if an international student is receiving the Canada emergency response benefit - CERB, it is not going to affect their eligibility for a PGWP or Canada PR.

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