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    “Distance learning measures have been extended to Aug. 31, 2023,” announced the IRCC on Friday. “But they are being reduced in scope.

    “As we transition back to pre-pandemic requirements, we encourage international students to come back to Canada. A transition period is available for those who may need some time to do so.”

    International students studying online from abroad or who submit a study permit application no later than Aug. 31, 2022 – this coming Wednesday – will continue to be able to complete up to 100 per cent of their program online without affecting their eligibility for PGWP. 

    After that, study time completed from abroad starting on Sept. 1, 2023, will be deducted from the length of their PGWP, regardless of when they began their studies.

    The extension of temporary distance learning measures will affect those starting programs from Sept. 1, 2022 to Aug. 31, 2023. 

    Under these measures no more than 50 per cent of the credits earned can be completed outside Canada to remain eligible for a PGWP.

    Ottawa’s last-ditch attempt to save the school year of many international students who will likely not get their study permits before the start of the school year comes roughly a week after India put pressure on the Canadian government to cut study permit processing times 

    India, the biggest source of new permanent residents to Canada, called on Ottawa to help its international students so they can come and learn in Canadian colleges and universities this autumn.

    “In recent years, Canada has emerged as a preferred destination for Indian students for post-secondary education,” the High Commission of India noted in an advisory. 

    “Currently, more than 230,000 students from India enrolled in post-secondary institutions in Canada are making a positive contribution to the Canadian economy, including through an estimated $4 billion (in American dollars) in tuition fees.”

    Colleges And Universities In Some Cases Offering Online Courses For Stranded International Students

    “Some institutions will provide a remote option for students unable to reach Canada at the start of the term because they have not yet received their visa,” notes the high commission. 

    “Students can contact the university/institutions to find out which courses have a remote option and to discuss their options in case some do not.”

    Colleges and universities in Canada have apparently made Ottawa aware of the situation and asked for expedited processing of study permits.

    “For students wishing to defer their admission, the university/institution is communicating to students their options including deferring the offer of admission to a later term or consider exceptional circumstances on a case-by-case basis,” notes the high commission.”

    In a statement released earlier this week, Canadian immigration officials indicated the department is processing far more study permits now than it did prior to the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    “Last year, the IRCC finalized almost 560,000 study permit applications, surpassing our previous record from 2019 by 31 per cent,” said the immigration department in a statement this week. “IRCC is already outpacing that number in 2022, with almost 360,000 study permits finalized between Jan. 1 and July 31, 2022, compared to about 306,000 finalized in the same period in 2021.”

    Source: IRCC

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