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NEW Immigration Updates for International Students in Canada

Updated: Jul 20, 2020

Faster Processing for Canadian Study Permits

Study Permit Update

Immigration Canada announced a new program for international students that will come into effect this September. This announcement comes in light of COVID-19 to ensure students’ health and safety are prioritized.

New changes include:

  • Providing priority study-permit processing for students who have submitted a complete application online

  • Allowing students to count the time spent pursuing their studies online abroad toward their eligibility for a post-graduation work permit, if they have submitted a study permit application and if 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 processing of their applications, and who choose to pursue programs through distance learning, by implementing a temporary 2-stage approval process

IRCC also announced that foreign nationals who hold a study permit or who received a letter of introduction from IRCC dated on or before March 18, 2020, are exempt from travel restrictions.

What do these changes mean for you?

Study permits will be processed as quickly as possible despite delays at IRCC as a result of the global pandemic

  • You will still be eligible for a Post-Graduate Work Permit (PGWP) even if you complete a portion of your studies remotely

  • You can submit an incomplete study permit application if you can’t obtain all of the required documentation and be approved-in-principle

How to Get Pre-Approval for a Canadian Study Permit

Applicants who pass the approval-in-principle stage must show that they have been accepted at a Canadian DLI, have the available funds, and are otherwise eligible for the study permit.

Once the approval-in-principle is issued, applicants can begin studying online abroad and have that time count towards their PGWP, provided 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 submitting biometrics and necessary documents such as an immigration medical exam and a police certificate. Only once final approval is received will the applicant be able to travel to Canada.

This process is available to students starting a program in the fall semester who submit a study permit application before September 15, 2020.


Our Services

Calver and Associates is a leading provider of Canadian Immigration services in Durham Region. We serve clients in Oshawa, Whitby, Ajax, and beyond. Our Registered Canadian Immigration Consultant has over 10 years of experience in Canadian Immigration law and over four years of experience serving those in the Oshawa area.

We can provide assistance with applications for both temporary and permanent residency in Canada. We handle applications for study permits, permanent residency, family class sponsorship, visitor visas, work permits, and Canadian citizenship. We also handle criminal inadmissibility cases by developing remedies for refusal.

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