Filing Student Visa For Canada During COVID-19 | International Students
We all know what the students might be thinking about applying for their Visas abroad. There must be several questions in their minds. But there’s no need to worry. If you’re an international student applying for a visa to Canada during this pandemic you’re probably asking some questions about how to apply for the visa. I would recommend contacting your universities but I am sure that some students don’t get clear access to the answers that they need in these hard times. Therefore, in this post, we are sharing some of the important information that is required before applying for a student visa for Canada during COVID-19.
Filing For Student Visa For Canada During COVID-19
If you haven’t applied to for a Study Permit yet these are some of the things that you should keep in mind:
1. Applying Online
If you’re applying for a study permit from outside Canada, you must apply online. When you apply, you should always :
- Submit all the proper documents needed without any mistakes.
- If by chance you’re missing some of the documents due to the pandemic you should write a proper letter of explanation.
2. Processing Applications Without Required Documents
When a student is unable to submit a proper file of documents that are necessary:
a) Eligibility Check:
- An officer reviews all the applications,
- A letter of acceptance from a designated learning institution proof that you have enough money for Tuition fees
- Living expenses for yourself and any family members who come with you to Canada
- Return transportation for yourself and any family members who come with you to Canada.
- Evidence that you’ll leave Canada when you no longer have legal status.
If your application passes this first stage, they will let you know in your online account.
This doesn’t guarantee that they will approve your application and issue you a study permit.
b) Checking your application for admissibility and any changes to your eligibility an officer reviews your application form for:
- A medical exam
- Any police certificates, if necessary
- Any information changed after the review of the eligibility
When the application passes the second stage, they approve it.
If the condition of pandemic changes :
- be ready to travel to Canada to begin your studies
- or start the studies online
Study permit must be submitted by 15 September 2020 as the studies must’ve begun from summer, spring, or fall 2020.
3. If You Are Allowed To Travel
Travel Restrictions for International Students
- You should have an essential purpose and reason for your travel to Canada.
- You must be an international student with a valid permit and approved permit before March 18, 2020, or traveling directly from America.
Traveling to Canada
Before traveling to Canada, make sure to follow the below points:
- Make sure that you don’t have any travel restrictions, and you’re traveling for a non-optional and non-discretionary reason
- 14-day period quarantine as soon as you arrive at the final destination.
Students who begin their studies while outside of Canada and before a final decision on their study permit approval is received can count time toward their PGWP, as long as all other eligibility requirements are met, and provided that at least 50% of the program is completed
on-ground in Canada.
Please note that this temporary accommodation is only in place for study undertaken until December 31, 2020. Students are required to pass medical and security screening, including submitting biometrics, in order to complete the final stage of processing and be issued the final formal approval and necessary travel documents to travel to Canada.
To sum up, make sure to
- COMMUNICATE your plans to OGS and to your College
- Visit the IRCC website frequently for travel and permit processing updates
- MONITOR the VACs in your country for updates and information
- MAKE A PLAN!
Consider all of your options and alternatives, and choose the plan that is best for you, not necessarily what others are telling you they are doing.
Also, do visit the official Canada Website to gather more information at https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/coronavirus-covid19/students.html