Canada Student Visa Update

Canadian Government has finally announced additional measures to support International students starting their program online with Canadian learning Institute. If the institutes are offering their courses online, they will have to ensure everyone’s safety.

The decided new measures are:

  • Priority study-permit processing to the applicants who have submitted a complete online application
  • Time spent during their online study overseas will count for post-graduate Work permit (PGWP) provided; they have completed 50% of their program in Canada and submitted a study permit application.
  • To perform a two-stage approval process, for the international students who can not submit all the documents required to process their application and chose to pursue distance-learning program

Applicants will submit remaining documents and receive their study permit as soon as the Canadian embassy resumes its operations and candidates are allowed to travel to Canada. This process will be available for students who submit their application before 15th September 2020. The process will also ensure that students can join and begin their classes online.

List of Documents for students to provide to Apply for Study-permit

For Student Direct Stream (SDS): 

  • Letter of Acceptance (LoA) from a Canadian Designated Learning Institute (DLI)
  • Guarantee Investment Certificate (GIC) of CAD 10,000 or above
  • Receipt of initial Payment of tuition fee to DLI
  • IELTS with min score of 6.0 in each module
  • Transcripts / Degrees of most recent qualification(s)

For Non-SDS Applicants:

  • Letter of Acceptance (LoA) from a Canadian Designated Learning Institute (DLI)
  • Financial documents to prove that applicant (or their sponsor) have liquid funds for tuition & living in Canada for upto a year
  • Evidence of the remaining payment to the institution
  • English Language qualification / certificate or equivalent to IELTS 6.0 (IELTS, TOEFL, PTE etc.)
  • Transcripts / Degrees of most recent qualification(s)
International students in the U.S

International Students in the U.S

The United States government revoked its decision to deport international students whose course moved to fully online due to Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). The decision came after Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) sued the government over the plan. District Judge Allison Burroughs in Massachusetts who was expected to preside over oral argument says, “the parties have come to a settlement. They will return to the status quo”. Overall, it is an extraordinary news specially for the students who were residing in the U.S and feared their deportation from the country. The policy could have effected F-1 & M-1 visa holders, which is mainly for academic & vocational students. International students contributed about $45 billion in to the U.S economy in 2018, according to the U.S commerce department.
dependents travel

UK Government confirms Right to work for Postgraduate dependents

Are you a Postgraduate student looking to take your dependents along to the United Kingdom? 

The UK government has confirmed that the dependents of Tier-4 postgraduate students who get post study work permit (PSW) from 2021 will have “full access to UK labor market and at any skill level”. The then UK government closed right to work (PSW) to drive down immigration numbers in April 2012. The British government has further provided the details of their plan for a new UK point-based immigration system to be launched next year (2021).

On successful completion of Undergraduate or Postgraduate degree, students will be able to stay for 2 years in the UK while it will be 3 years for Ph.D students. The students at postgraduate Masters or Ph.D level, studying full time for at least 9 months at a UK Higher Education Institution (HEI), will be able to bring their dependents (spouse,children). However, the dependents application should be linked to the main applicant. Dependents will have full access to the UK labor market and can work at any skill level. According to the new immigration rules (to be applicable in 2021), the UK government will also be removing the study time limit for students at postgraduate level.

You can read the statement issue by UK Government here.