Immigration Canada said on its website that the changes were implemented to provide more flexibility for students who need or want to start their Canadian study program online from abroad to apply more flexibly to the post graduation work permit program.
Immigration Canada introduced three changes:
Now, students can study online from abroad until April 30, 2021, and as long as 50% of the future study is finally completed in Canada, there is no need to deduct any time from the post graduation work permit.
Students who enroll in courses of 8 to 12 months (from May 2020 to September 2020) will be able to complete their entire courses online from abroad and will still be eligible for a post graduation work visa.
Students who enroll in courses from May 2020 to September 2020 and study online until April 30, 2021, and graduate from multiple eligible learning courses can combine the length of study courses. When they apply for a post graduation work visa in the future, they can only complete 50% of their total study in Canada.
Of course, be aware of the timing. To qualify for these relaxed work permits, students must submit their application for a study permit before they begin their studies in the spring, summer or autumn semester of 2020 or the January 2021 semester. All students must eventually obtain a study permit.
Easing covid-19 related restrictions will depend on progress in curbing the spread of coronavirus in Canada and around the world. Immigration Canada will continue to monitor the situation closely and assess whether further changes are needed.
In addition to relaxing the application conditions for graduation work permits, Immigration Canada has also made some temporary policy changes to support international students affected by the covid-19 pandemic, including:
Apply for a study permit
Students who submit a complete travel form will be given priority after they submit their travel to Canada.
Immigration Canada has introduced a two-stage study permit process for students who are unable to submit a full application. This includes the first stage of qualification assessment and the second stage of final decision based on the acceptability requirements.
This allows applicants who are unable to provide biometric (fingerprint) identification and who do not have a criminal certificate or medical examination results to make a preliminary assessment. If approved, they can rest assured that they have met most of the criteria for a study permit.
Immigration Canada aims to process all the first phase of the qualification assessment before the start of the fall semester. Once the students have passed the two-stage approval, they will be ready to go to Canada once the travel restrictions are changed.
Qualification of work visa after graduation
Students can study online from abroad before April 30, 2021, without affecting their student visa qualifications or the duration of their future post graduation employment permits, as long as they are able to complete at least 50% of Canadian courses.
In the spring of 2020, students with a course length of 8 to 12 months starting in the summer or autumn semester (may September) may apply for a post graduation work visa if they complete the entire course outside Canada.
Students already in Canada
To ensure that students who have spent winter, spring and summer semesters in Canada will not lose their eligibility for a post graduation work visa if they are forced to complete more than 50% of their courses online and reduce their studies to a fraction. Time or because of the epidemic situation, classroom learning is limited and completely interrupted.
By August 31, 2020, international students will be able to work more than 20 hours a week off campus if they are employed in basic services or functions.
Is this a series of policies warm the heart? For those who apply to study in Canada, feel free to start school.