Amidst the ongoing pandemic Canadian Immigration Minister, Marco Mendicino has made two notable revelations regarding the international students during a webinar. Mendocino gave an affirmative update for international students planning to study in the country and said that Canada has approved 56,000 study permits for the first stage of the applications.
The minister stated that the federal government, led by Health Canada, is working continuously with different institutions so as to devise the best way to welcome international students while also ensuring their safety amidst the ongoing global crises. Mendicino also commented that Minister Patty Hajdu is personally ensuring that each Designated Learning Institution (DLI) meets the necessary requirements according to the safety protocols.
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DLIs are those academic institutions, universities and colleges who have received federal and provincial government approval to welcome international students and some institutions have even shown interest in welcoming the students during the pandemic.
However, as travel restrictions still prevail in Canada, international students are unable to travel to the country. Major Canadian organisations are working with the DLIs to see if they are in a position to make the necessary requirements for the safety of everyone including quarantine and social distancing arrangements.
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Apart from this Canadian government has also made certain reforms in the immigration sector to make the students feel at ease to pursue their studies during these hard times.
For the meanwhile, Canada has announced a two-step study permit policy in order to facilitate a smoother process for international students. According to this provision, International students have been allowed to continue their remote learning and they will still be eligible for Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) once the pandemic is over. PGWP is a work permit that allows students to work in Canada and gain Canadian experience in order to be eligible for Canadian PR [Permanent Residence]. This step clearly shows the Canadian government’s emphasis on ensuring the safety and well-being of international students. As the minister revealed that Canada has already approved 56,000 students study permits under stage one, this means that IRCC has provided students with approval after reviewing the necessary documents. So, once normalcy is restored in the international airways and students can travel to Canada, they just need to complete certain formalities and get stage two study permit approval.
Thus, Canada is really looking forward to welcoming international students but with the necessary precautions and arrangements needed while also trying to make the whole process as smooth as possible, as immigration is a large contributor in the Canadian economy. Stay tuned with Leverage Edu for more such news updates regarding the global studies and many more.