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Changes to help international students
Canada will fast-track study permit processing and is introducing a temporary 2-stage study permit process. International students offer significant social and economic benefits which is why Canada seeks to attract them to the country. Prior to the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada hosted over 640,000 international students. IRCC recognizes that the global coronavirus crisis is creating uncertainty for international students. In addition, the pandemic has impacted IRCC’s ability to process study permits.
Due to its high-quality of education, Canada attracts Students. Also, they are attracted by the opportunities to work in Canada during and after their studies, and potentially obtain permanent residence to get Canadian Citizenship.
How to get a pre-approval for a study permit
IRCC will provide an approval-in-principle for study permits if students pass the first stage.
To pass the first stage, study permit applicants must show that:
- They have been accepted at a Canadian designated learning institution
- Have enough funds to support their education in Canada
- Meet all other study permit requirements
After passing this stage, students can begin their studies online while still overseas and still have this period count towards their PGWP eligibility and duration (as long as they eventually obtain a study permit).
To receive a final approval for a study permit, students will need to complete the application process including submitting biometrics and necessary documents such as a medical exam and police certificate.
Upon receiving final approval for their study permit, students will be able to travel to Canada.
After completing their education, they can gain a PGWP to work in Canada for up to three years. The professional work experience they gain in Canada can help them obtain permanent residence and eventually citizenship. Express Entry, the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), and many other pathways are available for international students who want immigration status.
Nearly 60,000 former international students become immigrants each year, according to IRCC. They also contribute $22 billion annually to the economy which supports 170,000 Canadian jobs.
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Canada wage subsidy extended till December
Canada’s prime minister, Justin Trudeau, has announced the extension of the federal wage subsidy program until December. The prime minister says that this should provide “greater certainty and support” to businesses as Canada plans to reopen its economy.
The announcement should help to support the recovery of jobs that were lost following coronavirus lockdown measures. This should allow both Canadians and immigrants out of work land on their feet more quickly.
The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) was introduced in March to help alleviate expected financial burdens on businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The program was also introduced to give incentive to businesses who were affected by COVID-19, to rehire laid off workers and avoid future layoffs. The government hoped to achieve this by providing a 75% wage subsidy for up to $847 weekly, to eligible businesses.
Last week, the government increased the CEWS budget to $82.3 billion, considerably larger than the original budget of just $45 billion. As the economy begins to reopen, many people who had been receiving the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) are now choosing to return to work. In addition, many people are more optimistic about the potential of finding a job.
Canada’s latest Express Entry draw spells more good news, as it was the first all-program draw since the beginning of the pandemic. This means that candidates for the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) were also considered.
Temporary residents stay extended in Canada
Canada is offering more flexibility to temporary residents who want to extend their stay in the country. Due to challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced a new policy that provides such individuals with more time to apply for a restoration of status. Up until this new announcement, temporary residents had 90-days to submit a restoration of status application.
They now have until December 31, 2020 to apply to restore their status, assuming they meet the requirements of the status they are applying to restore. Throughout the pandemic, IRCC has been encouraging temporary residents who have remained in the country to renew their work, study, or temporary resident status in order to maintain their legal authority to be in Canada. Moreover, IRCC understands that such individuals have experienced difficulties returning home due to limited flights and lock-downs around the world.
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