Until further notice, IRCC confirms to keep applications open for study permit & PGWP applicants.
For International Students (Student Direct Stream - SDS):
Due to the current pandemic, many international students are facing difficulty to submit complete study permit & PGWP (Post-Graduation Work permit) applications with all the mandatory documents. Hence, IRCC said files of such applicants will not be refused for non-compliance.
The COVID-19 situation has led to the closure of some Visa application centres (VACs) and U.S. Application Support Centres. As a result of limited access to IRCC & Service Canada offices, study permit & PGWP applicants may not be able to take
- medical examination
- submit their original travel documents (such as passport)
- police certificates
- proof for first-year full payment of fees
- Quebec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ) from the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI), if applicable.
Besides, they may not be able to obtain educational transcripts, Language test results due to interrupted courier services.
Hence, in such cases, IRCC officers may continue to request additional documents from applicants. While deciding on the application, the officers will send a request letter, allowing the applicant 90 days to respond.
Students inside Canada (Study permit extensions):
Due to the closure of schools, some international may be unable to obtain and submit a letter of proof of enrollment from their DLI (Designated Learning Institute). Such applicants should submit a letter of explanation indicating that they are unable to submit the requested document due to school closure. Once they receive the required documents, they can submit it using IRCC Webform .
Students in Quebec:
As a temporary measure, MIFI is by default extending the CAQs validity until December 31, 2020, for all certificates expiring between April 30, 2020, and December 31, 2020. However, this doesn’t apply to CAQ’s expired prior to April 30, 2020.
Students applying for study permit extensions with a CAQ expiring between April 30 and December 31, should be issued a study permit valid until December 31, 2020, unless the applicant’s passport expires before this date.
Post-Graduation Work permit:
Due to school closures, some students may not be able to obtain a letter of completion or final transcript from their DLI. But applicants who are looking for a post-graduation work permit will have to submit a letter of explanation stating that they are unable to submit it due to school closure. However, once these documents are available, they should submit it using IRCC Webform
Distance learning in Canada:
Students whose classes are moved online due to travel and health restrictions because of COVID-19 won’t be penalized for post-graduation work permit eligibility.
Distance learning outside Canada:
In the current COVID-19 situation, IRCC has acknowledged that students with study permit that are unable to travel to Canada and start studies can continue through distance learning abroad.
Such students will remain eligible for the post-graduation work permit if at least 50% of their total program of study inside Canada.
If you have any further questions or looking for help with study permit inside Canada, please feel free to talk to our experts here or call us at 647-264-0522 .
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