Why Canada Immigration is helping international students?
IRCC says it is rolling out these measures to help students begin their programs in time for the September 2020 academic year.
Canada recognizes that the global coronavirus crisis is creating uncertainty for international students. In addition, the pandemic has impactedits ability to process study permits.
Benefits to international students
International students can take comfort in being able to start their Canadian program online which will protect their health and safety and enable them to achieve their various study, career, and immigration objectives.
If they wish to begin their Canadian studies this fall, IRCC will do its best to process their study permit as soon as it can. Even if the student is unable to submit a completed study permit application, IRCC will pre-approve them if they meet the conditions outlined below.
Students want to come to Canada due to its high-quality of education. In addition, they are attracted by the opportunities to work in Canada during and after their studies, and potentially obtain permanent residence to become the Canadian citizens of the future.
How to get a pre-approval for a study permit
IRCC will provide an approval-in-principle for study permits if students pass the first stage.
The two-stage assessment process will be applied to applicants at all levels of study whose program is starting in the fall semester or earlier and who submit, or have already submitted, a study permit application online on or before September 15, 2020.
At the initial eligibility stage, officers will assess:
Letter of acceptance
Certificat d’acceptation du Québec (for those destined for a learning institution in Quebec)
Proof of funds
That the applicant is a bona fide student who will leave Canada when they no longer have legal temporary or permanent status
Family ties to Canada
For the admissibility stage, before a final decision is made, officers will review the following:
Immigration medical examination
Upon receiving final approval for their study permit, students will be able to travel to Canada once international travel resumes.
International student attraction is hugely beneficial to students themselves and Canada.
Students are able to pursue an excellent standard of education in one of the world’s most open and diverse countries. It is also less expensive to study in Canada compared with countries such as the United States. Students can work while at a Canadian DLI, which can help them support their living expenses in Canada and also save for the future.
After completing their education, they can gain a PGWP to work in Canada for up to three years. The professional work experience they gain in Canada can help them obtain permanent residence and eventually citizenship. Express Entry, the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), and many other pathways are available for international students who want immigration status.
Nearly 60,000 former international students become immigrants each year, according to IRCC.
International students enrich the learning experience at colleges and universities across Canada and help enrich Canadian society even further. They also contribute $22 billion annually to the economy which supports 170,000 Canadian jobs.