Covid-19: Updates Related to Studying in Canada This Fall
Below you can find a brief overview of IRCC policy updates due to COVID-19 pandemic related to international students. Certain immigration programs have been affected because of special steps taken by the Canadian government during coronavirus crisis.
To stop the spread of coronavirus, Canada applied travel limitations and as well as temporarily modified its immigration policy. Nevertheless, current IRCC updates are aimed to service the needs of international students.
Below you can find an overview of essential changes related to international students and immigration policy during the current crisis.
- My study permit or work permit is going to expire soon, and I am not able to get a new passport or have access to obtain the required documents. Is there any extension given?
As an international student, you should apply online to renew or extend your study permit in order to get implied status. This will enable you to continue your studies or work in Canada while your application is reviewed.
Besides, if you can obtain certain required documents and your biometrics, you need to attach a letter explaining the situation.
Incomplete applications will not be denied, and you will be given an additional 90 days to complete full documentation.
- Will all these service disruptions cause my study permit to get processed longer?
While some processing delays are excepted, according to IRCC updates, it will continue processing of study permit applications.
- My acceptance for May is deferred to September. Do I need to obtain a new Letter of Acceptance?
Individuals, who are in Canada at the time of deferral, must start their study program within 150 days from the date of deferral, or the following semester.
If the term above is not possible to apply, then you need to modify your status to a visitor, for example.
- My study permit has been approved, and I am going to start my program of studies in fall 2020. Will this impact my PGWP eligibility?
Your study program may begin outside Canada and complete up to 50 percent of the program. In this scenario, you will retain your eligibility to obtain PGWP while having no time deduction from the length of your future PGWP, up to December 31, 2020.
- Can I start my studies online from abroad if I don’t have a study permit?
Yes. Even if you don’t have a study permit, you may still start your studies abroad. However, in order for your study program to influence you’re getting PGWP in the future, you would need to obtain a study permit or approval.
- If I am studying online, do I have to be a full-time student to become eligible for PGWP?
Yes. Only full-time students are allowed for PGWP unless their DLI is currently unable to offer full-time study.
I am a new graduate on implied status while waiting for a decision on my PGWP application. Also, I have a valid job offer. Will I be eligible to come to Canada?
Those who have an expired study permit need to obtain a Letter of Introduction to be exempt from the travel restrictions.
A Letter of Introduction is given to you by the IRCC once your Post Graduation Work Permit is approved.
- Are my courses moving online, will it affect my PGWP eligibility if it now accounts for more than 50% of my overall study?
Even if you complete more than 50 percent of all your study program online due to the COVID-19 measures, you may still be eligible for the PGWP if you are in Canada.
- Will the time be counted towards my future PGWP application, if I start my study program online from abroad while not having a study permit approved?
No. Unfortunately, if you study from abroad and without a study permit, your studies will not be counted towards your eligibility for PGWP.
- As an international student in Canada, I have accessed the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). Does it keep me qualified to apply for Post-Graduate Work Permit or Permanent Residence (PR)?
Having accessed CERB will not disqualify you for getting Post Graduate Work Permit or Permanent Residence.
- Can I come to Canada if my son, daughter, or dependent is a minor on a valid Canadain study permit?
Immediate family members of individuals who are not currently Canadian permanent residents or citizens are exempt from the travel restrictions and may be able to visit Canada.
Nevertheless, persons coming to Canada must first get a confirmation authorizing individual to board a flight.
For this, you need to ask for an authorization by requesting an email to IRCC.COVID-TravelExemptions-Exemptionsdevoyage-COVID.IRCC@cic.gc.caIn addition, individuals planning to travel Canada must also need to apply for a temporary visa or en ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization).
- Can a student work full-time if his semester is suspended?
Scheduled breaks do not include suspended semesters. Therefore, you can only work certain of authorized hours listed on your current study permit.