Minister Mendicino announces changes to facilitate online learning for international students

Date Announced:

July 14, 2020

Active Period:

July 14, 2020 until September 15, 2020


Additional measures introduced to support international students beginning a new program online this fall with a Canadian learning institution, if their institution is offering the program online, so that they can pursue their education while ensuring All’s safety. The new measures include:

* providing priority study-permit processing for students who have submitted a complete application online, to ensure that permits are processed as quickly as possible
* allowing students to count the time spent pursuing their studies online abroad toward their eligibility for a post-graduation work permit, if they have submitted a study permit application and if at least 50% of their program is completed in Canada
* providing reassurances to international students who cannot submit all of the documentation needed to complete processing of their applications, and who choose to pursue programs through distance learning, by implementing a temporary 2-stage approval process

Departments and Agencies:

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Type of Administrative Action:

Immigration Category:

International students


distance learning | online learning | study permit

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