Canada study permit approval in principle OK for PGWP and online studies

Canada study permit approval in principle OK for PGWP and online studies

Canada has today confirmed that international students who receive approval in principle for their study permit can begin studying online and have that time count towards their PGWP eligibility.

In a statement today, Marco Mendicino, Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, confirmed that, as part of the new changes to ‘facilitate’ online learning, in principle student visa approval will allow foreign students to begin their studies online.

The statement said: “Once the approval-in-principle is issued, applicants can begin studying online abroad and have that time count towards their post-graduation work permit, provided they meet other criteria and that they eventually receive full approval of their study permit.”

Confirmation was also issued that students will be allowed 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’.

In May, Canada confirmed that foreign students enrolled with institutions from Fall 2020, who are unable to travel and forced to study online due to the Coronavirus outbreak, will be eligible for the PGWP post-study work scheme.

2 stage approval process for Canada including priority study permit processing

Mendicino confirmed that Canada will seek to provide priority study permit processing for students who have submitted a complete application online, in order to ensure that study permits for international students are processed as quickly as possible.

In effect, international students who cannot submit all of the documentation needed to complete processing of their applications, and who choose to pursue their programmes by studying online, will not lose out on both times spent in studies and for PGWP post-graduation work permit with the implementation of the temporary 2-stage approval process.

The statement read: “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 a final approval is received will an applicant be able to travel to Canada.”

Canada study permit approval in principle nod one amongst many measures

Mendicino said: “The pandemic has had a significant impact on international students and 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, and we’re making every effort to minimize how current challenges affect their plans and dreams for the future.”

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