Quebec allows international students to have online education
According to the recent and important policy change by the government of Quebec, now international students who meet the criteria for the program can start their studies abroad.
Since many international students had to stay in their home country due to the coronavirus pandemic, Quebec’s Ministry of Education and Higher Education announced that online studies are allowed this fall.
This is great news for nearly 60,000 international students who come to Quebec every year. Previously, if you wanted to study in Quebec you were required to reside in the province. In addition, the procedure is also required colleges and universities in the province to get funded by the provincial government.
However, due to the restrictions caused by the COVID-19 crisis forced borders to shut, it is not clear if the students will be able to arrive in Canada during the upcoming months.
This resulted in uncertainty whether higher educational institutions in Quebec will get government funding to meet their financial demands in order to continue offering all their available study programs.
A broad public outcry from affected students around the globe made Quebec to relax its measures. This is because many international students who wanted to study in Canada this fall may have chosen other countries if the regulatory steps would not be taken in time for September registration.
Pierre Cossette, president of the Bureau de coopération interuniversitaire (BCI), stated that students give their decisions in May or early June. If they can’t make it to Quebec, they will probably choose another country in the world.
Recently, both the Canadian Government and Quebec have taken certain steps to relax the measures in order to ease restrictive policies that could have disqualified many initially qualified international students who wish to continue their studies in Canada.
About two weeks ago, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) stated that international students who complete 50 percent of their study programs abroad will be eligible for the Post-Graduate Work Permit which allows them to work in Canada following the completion of their studies.
Also, IRCC stated that it would accept incomplete study permit applications which many students may have difficulties in obtaining certain documentation required to submit a full application.
Usually, Canada would not count online courses toward the study permit requirement to submit the PGWP application afterward.
At the same time, Quebec’s immigration ministry noted that the validity date of the Certificate of Acceptance of Quebec (CAQ) would be extended.
If you are an international student in Quebec now, you can submit your study permit extension application to the federal government without having to submit for a new CAQ. Normally, CAQ enables international students to keep their temporary resident status until they complete their programs of study.
Since international students significantly contribute to the Canadian economy, the federal and provincial governments take all the necessary measures in order to support them.
Canada estimates that international students contribute about 22 billion dollars to Canada’s GDP annually. This figure for Quebec, which hosts about one-third of all international students in Canada, is nearly 3 billion dollars.