Immigration Minister of Canada Marco Mendicino made two noteworthy disclosures in a recent webinar. The revelations made during an international student update.
Firstly, Mendicino reported that for study permit applications, Canada has already issued 56,000 first-stage approvals.
Second, the minister announced that during the coronavirus pandemic, the federal government, led by Health Canada, is continuing to work with designated learning institutions (DLIs) to determine how they can physically welcome foreign students to their campuses.
It is being ensured that each designated learning institution (DLI) fulfils the public health requirements of the province and territory they are located. The health and safety of foreign as well as Canadian students will be covered by this strategy.
Designated Learning Institutions (DLIs) are universities, colleges and other educational institutions that have gained permission from the federal and provincial governments to admit foreign students. During the pandemic, some DLIs showed an interest in accepting foreign students. However, most foreign students are currently unable to fly to the country due to Canada’s travel restrictions.
Talks between, Provinces and territories, DLIs and Health Canada aim to decide whether DLIs can safely establish quarantine and socially distancing plans that would allow them in the coming months to potentially welcome international students.
As per present Canadian law, most travellers must be in quarantine immediately upon arrival in Canada for 14 days. Further, provinces and territories across Canada have stringent social distancing measures in place to help curb the spread of COVID-19.
In the meantime, a number of significant policy changes have been announced by Canada to encourage foreign students to pursue their Canadian studies despite the pandemic.
Among the changes, Canada announced a two-step study permit process in this summer. This to offer assurance to students so that they can start their studies while overseas.
Further, foreign students can study online while abroad. Yet, they still are eligible to work in Canada under a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) once the pandemic is over.
The minister announced that so far, 56,000 foreign students have been approved for a stage one study permit. This implies that, after reviewing each applicant’s letter of acceptance from the DLI, proof of funds that they can financially support themselves and their studies,Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has provided students with approval, among other requirements.
In order to get stage two study permit approval, students need to complete a medical test, criminal background check, and biometrics before travelling to Canada.