New approval process: study travel to Canada
tudents planning to start school in Canada in the fall semester can now breathe a sigh of relief. Immigration, Refugees and Citizen Canada (IRCC) has announced implementation of a two-tiered approach to issuing study permits: you can get approval now contingent on supplying documentation and other necessary papers later. COVID-19 measures have been in place in Canada since March 18, 2020 and in most source countries in the world.
- Visa Access Centres have been closed, borders have been shut down and obtaining official documents have become almost impossible;
- Students who may have obtained a study permit prior to March 18 were/are exempt from the imposed travel restriction placed on Canada’s borders.
Nonetheless, such students, upon arrival at a port of entry are still subject to an examination by the CBSA, and can be refused entry, if it is found that they could have been studying on-line instead.
To resume their programs and restore revenue generation mechanisms, educational institutions have developed on-line studies as part of their offering to students, both local and abroad. Recognizing the difficulties experienced by international students on obtaining key documents and evidence for their applications in their respective countries, IRCC has issued new, albeit temporary, instructions and procedures for Visa Officers in processing study permit applications.
The two-step process
- Students will now receive a first stage approval so that they can start studying their courses on-line, from their country of residence. The advantage of doing this is that the student does not lose time;
- When first stage approval students are able to produce mandatory documents such as submitting their original passport or travel document, enrolling in the biometrics program or undergoing a medical examination, their study permit will be finalized. The student still needs to produce these documents. However, you will receive extra time to gather and produce them.
Once the Canadian border is open for non-essential travel, students will travel to their Canadian destination to continue their studies. If you are such a student who wishes to take this opportunity to start your studies in the Fall of 2020, contact us now. We have until September 15 to apply for your study permit. See the Help in three steps box on this page. Upper Canada Immigration will help you prepare a successful package of documents. The minimum set of document you need to have in hand for stage one or pre-approval includes:
- Letter of Acceptance;
- Proof of funds for the first year of studies;
- Rationale for your choice of program (background or training)
- Study plan;
- Demonstration of your ties to your country of residence/citizenship;
- Evidence of any ties to Canada.
This is a highly-competitive process. The best applications will be successful. You may do this once in your life. We do it for our clients on a continuing basis. You will likely need help from us. See the Government of Canada web site for more information on the temporary measures for processing student permits.