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Student Visa update – Australia

Like all other Nations, Australia has announced some changes in their visa arrangements for international students to ensure Australia remains the prime destination for them. According to a statement issued by the Morrison government “International students are extremely important to Australia and our economy, contributing $40 billion annually and supporting 250,000 jobs. Many also go on to become great Australian citizens”.

Following are the five changes to ensure Australia remains competitive with other countries for International students:

  • As soon as the borders open and people are allowed to travel, Australian government will recommence issuing of student visas outside Australia.
  • If any International student could not complete studies within the visa validity time period due to COVID-19, they will be able to launch further application free of charge.
  • The study time will count towards the post-study work permit for the current student visa holders studying outside Australia due to COVID-19.
  • All the graduates from Australian institute who were unable to return to Australia due to the pandemic, will be eligible to apply for Post-study work visa from outside.
  • Due to COVID-19 effects on IELTS tests, the students will be given additional time to meet their English language requirements.

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.