Canada is Making it Easier for International Students with Faster Study Permit Process

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Good news for students wanting to come to Canada to study: the Canadian authorities have announced that they will be making it easier for international students starting a new program this fall at a Canadian institution.

The new measures will include:

  • Providing priority study-permit processing for students who have submitted a complete application online. This is to ensure that permits are processed as soon as possible.
  • Allowing students to count the time spent pursuing their studies online abroad toward their eligibility for a post-graduation work permit. This is given that they have submitted a study permit application and if at least half of their program is completed in Canada.
  • Providing reassurances to international students who cannot submit all of their documents necessary to complete processing of their applications, and who choose to pursue programs through distance learning by implementing a temporary 2-state approval process.

Right now, you might be wondering what this has to do with you.

In short, it means that for the time being, you can still apply to study at a Canadian university. You can start online and come to Canada to study in person once things start opening back up, and the time spent studying online will count towards your post-graduation work permit. Plus, your application to study in Canada is going to be available online, and the processing of it will be expedited!

So, if you had plans of coming to Canada to study and thought that they would be derailed because of COVID-19, that isn’t the case at all! At least not exactly.

But there’s one thing to keep in mind: this new process will only be available to applicants who submit their study permit application before 15 September 2020.

It’s also important to note that if you apply for this program and start studying online at a Canadian institution this fall, there still is not a guarantee that your full study permit application. Unfortunately, it’s possible for someone’s full application (to allow them to actually come to Canada instead of online remote study) to be denied, even though they have been approved to start studying remotely online.

Nevertheless, it could end up being a really good opportunity for a lot of international students whose sights are already set on Canada for their studies and post-graduation work permits.

But, what kind of article would this be without a quick look at the process? Here’s a quick look at how it’s supposed to go:

  1. You will first need to get accepted by a Canadian university. Then, you can provide the documentation necessary that they are eligible for a study permit. After this application is accepted, you will be notified of a first-step approval. This is known as the approval-in-principle stage.
  2. Once the approval-in-principle is issued, you can begin studying online from abroad. This time will count towards your post-graduation work permit, given that you meet other criteria and eventually receive full approval of your study permit.
  3. Last, you’ll receive final approval once you have met all eligibility and admissibility requirements. Once the full permit has been issued, you can then travel to Canada to get your education in-person at one of their awesome universities.

If you want to know more detail about the new rules, click this link.

If you want to apply for your Canadian study permit, click this link.

But until next time, good luck applying for your studies in Canada from us here at!