IRCC has just announced several major changes to help international students pursue their education in Canada.
International students offer significant social and economic benefits which is why Canada seeks to attract them to the country. Prior to the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada hosted over 640,000 international students.
In a news release issued today, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) said that it will help international students as follows:
- IRCC will prioritize the processing of study permits for students who have submitted a completed application online so that their permits are processed as soon as possible
- IRCC is introducing a temporary 2-stage approval process for international students who can not yet submit a completed study permit application and who want to begin their Canadian educational program online. This temporary process is available to students who want to begin their program this fall and who submit their study permit application by September 15, 2020
- As previously reported by CIC News in May, IRCC is also enabling students to begin their Canadian studies online while they are still abroad and having that time count towards their Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) eligibility so long as they have submitted a study permit application and if at least 50 per cent of the program is completed in Canada.
Source: CIC News