Canada’s Prime Minister issues new priorities for immigration system – Verbalists Education and Language Network
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Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has signaled reducing visa processing times and expanding immigration pathways for international students as priorities for the new Immigration Minister to work on. Canada has also confirmed further extensions for online study and postgraduate work eligibility.
Reducing application processing times and addressing related Covid-19 delays have been set as a priority. Currently, the typical processing time for a study permit application from outside of Canada is listed by the Canadian Immigration as 11 weeks.
The Prime Minister Trudeau also asks the new Immigration Minister to “expand pathways to Permanent Residence for international students and temporary foreign workers through the Express Entry system”. The potential of permanent residency is often cited as one of the key attractions of Canada as a study destination. A survey of 14,228 international students in Canada by the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) in 2018 found that 60 per cent of respondents intended to stay and eventually apply for permanent residency after completing their studies.
In related news, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) confirmed a further extension of flexibility on international students studying outside of Canada. International students will be allowed to count online study time from March 2020 to 31 August 2022 towards Post-Graduation Work Permit eligibility. Moreover, international students will be able to complete up to 100 per cent of studies with a Canadian institution online and still be eligible for Post-Graduation Work Permit.
Why now is a good time to start your studies in Canada
Canada has made it easier for international students to begin their immigration journey. Whether you wish to begin your program at a Canadian college or university, you will be able to study online in your home country and still access the same benefits of being in Canada. This is a temporary policy that aims to provide more flexibility to international students due to the global coronavirus pandemic.
Don’t delay your future; contact our highly experienced college admission experts. We will help you start your study abroad journey and transition to permanent residence in Canada.
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