Canada already approved 56,000 study permits in pandemic two-stage process
October 5, 2020
Canada’s immigration minister Marco Mendicino announced in a September 22 webinar that Canada has already issued 56,000 “first stage” approvals for Canada study permits applications. The two-stage process was temporarily implemented in the summer of 2020 to facilitate study permit applications submitted outside Canada during the pandemic, and applies to applications:
for programs that start, or started, in spring, summer or fall 2020
Minister Marco Mendicino said the federal government is also working with designated learning institutions (DLI) to discern the best way to welcome international students back to campuses during the pandemic. DLIs are universities, colleges, and other educational institutions that are approved by federal and provincial government to admit international students.
Many DLIs desire to onboard international students during the pandemic but most international students are currently unable to travel to Canada because of government travel restrictions. In their discussion Health Canada, provinces and territories representatives agreed that the DLIs must focus on identifying whether the educational institutions are able to manage quarantine or social distancing restrictions in order to welcome the international students in the upcoming months.
International students enrich our culture & communities, and contribute $22B to 🇨🇦’s economy. I joined the @TheCIC for a valuable discussion on Canada's efforts, strategies, successes and pandemic-related challenges around international education. pic.twitter.com/YYHuwmE8ba