International students attending approved colleges and universities can travel to Canada from today (October 20, 2020) under new exemptions to coronavirus travel restrictions. To be allowed into Canada, international students approved for a study permit must be attending a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) with a COVID-19 readiness plan approved by their provincial or territorial government.
Canada’s Start-Up Visa represents an important option for international students who do not qualify for permanent residence through skilled worker immigration streams. While Ottawa has taken steps to gear up the Express Entry system to favour international students, they are by no means guaranteed to qualify for a coveted Invitation to Apply (ITA). Despite specific
Canada has added international students from the U.S. as a third category of exemptions to the international travel restrictions in place due to the coronavirus pandemic. According to an Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) update issued on July 24, foreign students from the U.S. are allowed to enter Canada, regardless of when their study
Canada has offered more details for international students on the new 2-step application process for a Canada study permit put in place due to coronavirus restrictions In guidance posted on July 20, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) seeks to clarify which students can still travel to Canada under current restrictions. The guidance indicates that
Ottawa has made further significant changes to help international students wishing to study in Canada start a new program online from this fall due to the coronavirus pandemic. Changes to the Study Permit application process and to how time spent studying online counts toward a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) were announced on Tuesday, July 14.
Visitors, study and work permit holders in Canada affected by the COVID-19 pandemic have been given until the end of 2020 to restore their status. A new public policy implemented by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) on July 14, 2020, will come as significant relief to many people in Canada with concerns over their
Watered-down reforms to the Quebec Experience Program (PEQ) have drawn more criticism from stakeholders, including student and business groups. The governing Coalition Avenir Quebec is being accused of not listening to concerns, while student groups labelled the easing of the reforms ‘insufficient’. Business groups meanwhile, said the reforms would limit immigration to Quebec for low-skilled
Quebec has moved to soften planned changes to the Quebec Experience Program (PEQ) following outcry during the recent consultation period. Measures announced on Thursday, July 9 include: The introduction of a transitional clause for international students already in Quebec. A softening of new work experience requirements for certain international students. A reduction in the proposed
As US President Donald Trump moved to clamp down on international students affected by the coronavirus crisis, the numbers of study permit arrivals in Canada remains strong. The US announced on Monday that foreign students whose classes have been moved online for the fall semester would either have to transfer to another school or have
Coronavirus restrictions have made the first half of 2020 a major challenge for Canada’s immigration system. With international travel restricted and the Canada-U.S. border closed since mid-March, permanent resident arrivals initially slowed to a fraction of the number seen earlier in the year, before picking up again in May, with 11,000 newcomers welcomed. With COVID-19