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Hold on to your dreams, you can still study in Canada  

Our Canada expert Seema Sethi details the latest announcements made by the IRCC on August 23 


Canada is one of most popular and preferred study destinations among Indian students. In fact, India is also the number one source country to send students to Canada. Every year, a large number of students opt to pursue higher education in Canada owing to the variety of courses available. Canadian institutions offer various specialised programs at all levels, starting from Diplomas, Advance Diplomas, Undergraduate degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas for students with 15 years of education background and Masters’ degree with research and course work options for students having 16 years of education background.

It was unfortunate that many students who were almost ready to fly for May’20 intake in Canada had to stall their plans owing to the current COVID-19 situation, but thanks to all international education providers and immigration agencies who came together to support international students to the best possible way.

Flexibilities introduced by IRCC 

The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has been very proactive throughout the pandemic, making necessary changes as required in the visa and immigration rules. During this time, the IRCC announced a number of flexibilities for international students, which includes allowing students to complete 50% of their study program from their home country without losing their post-study work opportunity. This is a great step as international students who plan to study in Canada, apart from the tuition cost, otherwise have to bear a living cost of approximately 10,000 – 13,000 CAD per annum, which is a considerable amount of money saved. 

Canadian institutions stepped up

With most Canadian institutions offering students with an option to commence their studies online for the Fall’20 intake, it has further helped students save their direct living cost of around 3 Lacs INR per semester. Given, the students can transfer to on-campus studies once the travel bans are lifted, this is a great way to still continue their dream of studying in Canada. All educational institutions in Canada are well-prepared with their online modules and special approaches like blended learning to make it as smooth for the students as possible. They are trying to provide with as many flexibilities at their own end as possible, including providing of subsidised quarantine options, meal vouchers, freshers’ scholarships, free unlimited tutorials and access to online libraries, etc. 

Latest updates by IRCC

On August 26, the IRCC provided with some important updates to reassure international students to go ahead with their plans to start their online programs commencing this Fall without delaying their dreams any further. 

  • Students can now study online from their home countries till April 30, 2021, with no time deducted from the length of a future post-graduation work permit, provided 50% of their program of study is eventually completed in Canada

  • Students who have enrolled in a program that is between 8 and 12 months in length with a start-date from May to September 2020 will be able to complete their entire program online from abroad and still be eligible for a post-graduation work permit

  • Students who enrol in a program with a start-date from May-September 2020, they can study online up to April 30 2021 and who graduate from more than one eligible program of study may be able to combine the length of their programs of study when they apply for a PWGP in the future.

Now to be eligible and avail all these flexible options, students must submit a study permit application no later than September 15, 2020 for Fall’20 intake start date.

To keep posted about the latest changes introduced to provide flexibility for students not being able to travel to Canada, please refer the official website

These changes are being implemented to encourage and inspire students to enrol for online studies for the current Fall’20 intake and do not affect their eligibility for the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program. 

IDP’s virtual education events 

We are currently hosting a series of virtual events where you can connect with top Canadian institutions and discuss your queries on a one-on-one video call. During our last series of these events, we were able to guide over 40,000 students who were more than excited to explore the new opportunities available for them in the given scenario. Like IDP these students also believe that “the current situation is temporary, but dreams are forever!” 

Updated on September 7, 2020

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Seema Sethi

Seema is Senior Manager in our Canada Client Relations and Training team at IDP Education, Gurgaon. She is responsible for Canada process training, quality counselling and driving growth of Canada students’ enrolments across all India offices. Working closely with Canadian institutions, she ensures that all important updates reach our students and counsellors in a timely manner.  

Coming with a rich experience in the international education industry, Seema has been a member of the IDP family for 10 years now. 


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