Due to travel restrictions that have been implemented in the face of the global pandemic, prospective international students who are willing to study in Canada this fall are facing uncertainty.
IRCC recognises this and decided to take steps to ensure that Canada’s immigration programs are flexible enough to respond well to these uncertainties faced by international students by introducing 3 new measures on post-grad work permit eligibility for international students beginning their programs online.
Three new measures introduced:
- Students may now study online from abroad until 30th April 2021 and no time will be deducted from the length of their future post-grad work permit in Canada, provided that 50 percent of their program is eventually completed in Canada.
- Students who have enrolled in a program that is between 8 to 12 months in length that and starting from May to September 2020 will be able to complete their entire program online from abroad while still being eligible for a post-graduation work permit.
- Students who enrolled in a program in Canada between May to September 2020 and study online till April 2020, and who are eligible to graduate for more than one program of study may be able to combine the length of the programs and ensure a post-grad work permit as long as 50 percent of their total studies are completed in Canada.
To be eligible for these new measures, students must have submitted their application in the spring/summer before starting their program, or fall 2020 semester or Jan 2021 semester and must be approved for a study permit.
The easing of restrictions imposed due to COVID-19 will depend on the progress made in Canada and around the world in controlling the spread of this deadly virus. IRCC says they will closely monitor the pandemic situation and will announce further changes accordingly.