An Updated Guide on Canadian Study Permit in 2021
As an Indian planning to study in Canada, you must apply for study permit or student visa. For this, the most important requirement is a letter of acceptance from a Designated Learning Institute (DLI) located in Canada. Besides, you must fulfill other requirements like medical examination, language test proof (with prescribed scores in English or French), guaranteed investment certificate and so on. A consultant who is expert in Canada immigration for Indian students can help you in this.
However, the things have changed significantly since the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. So, you must constantly refer to the latest updates and keep yourself ready accordingly. Here is a useful guide to take help from.
Looking for the Right DLI
Before COVID-19, an international student could explore a DLI list and pick an institute he or she finds apt for the career they wish to pursue. In 2021, you have to look at the updated DLI list to confirm whether the institute you wish to study at is approved to intake foreign students or not.
This is because a DLI to get approval must adhere to the COVID-19 readiness plan to ensure safety for students and no risks for the spread of the virus. The province or the territory where a DLI is located must review and approve its readiness plan. Only then, it would be a part of the updated list.
Applying for Study Permit
According to the latest guidelines, an applicant must prefer to apply for study permit online, irrespective of whether he or she is in Canada or outside the country. Only those who hail from the United States, Greenland, Saint Pierre and Miquelon can apply at a port of entry. You can prepare your online application through guidance from a Canadian Immigration Consultant in Jalandhar or from any other city in India. Make sure that you are ready with the documents like a proof of identity and a proof of financial support. In addition, you may need a letter of explanation that explains your goals to study in Canada. The letter may also include details about the documents that you can’t submit at present due to ongoing pandemic.
Latest in COVID-19 Exemptions
The new updates mention that the international students who have received full vaccination (via an approved COVID-19 vaccine) may receive exemptions from testing and quarantine. This specific norm is in force starting July 05, 2021. Still, you must confirm it from the designated authorities or one of the Canada immigration consultants in India.
What about PGWP?
Those who get Canada study permit can further apply for a post-graduation work permit (PGWP). For this, you must:
- Be already enrolled in a course that was in full progress in March, 2020
- Have enrolled with a course between spring of 2020 and fall of 2021
Another noteworthy update is regarding a new policy which allows students with expired PGWP to apply for a one-time open work permit. For this, you must complete the application by July 27, 2021.
You can be in touch with NordStrat Immigration Solutions for more such updates as well as to prepare for study permit application. The immigration expert has years of experience as a study and work permit agent and express entry Canada consultant in Jalandhar.