Immigration is essential for Canada’s economic well-being. The country has become the new permanent resident and temporary visa holders such as international students and their population on foreign workers in recent decades, relying increasingly on labor to maintain strength and economic development.
Public Safety Minister Bill Blair formally announced on 18 March that Canada would keep its doors open to foreign employees and students around the world. This included students who were placed or approved for study permits when the travel restriction came into force. The Canadian government has taken this step, based on their belief that their entry would be considered a necessary visit, allowing them to cross land borders as well.
At the same time, the government has made specific additional requirements to ensure that necessary precautions are taken – in addition to allowing them to study; international students will still need valid study visa in Canada to enter in this country, such as a temporary resident visa ( TRV) or an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). Those arriving by air will be checked at the airport and must follow the quarantine order and set themselves apart for 14 days.
Online courses are available for Canadian students due to the COVID-19 situation.
Canadian universities have already planned for the ‘worst-case scenario’ – in a COVID-19 situation where foreign students are unable to travel due to restrictions in their country; students have online courses until the condition is stable, you can join the university in the spring. Most universities have canceled final exams and changed the grading scheme because of new circumstances, and are set to roll out similar grading schemes for international students.
Students enrolling in universities/colleges in Canada should pay attention to this.
- He/she will apply online for preliminary study permission, as soon as a student is admitted to a university so that a student is in the queue for processing. A student may be asked to apply biometrics (photos and fingerprints) after applying, which may not be possible due to COVID-19. Still, this author is confident that for these delays, Immigration will be accounted for, and the study will complete the permit process as quickly as possible.
- While the embassy is closed, current travel restrictions will not prevent his / her study permit application from being processed.
- Temporary residence visas (TRVs) and electronic travel authorities (eTAs). A student can submit an online application for TRV or ETA inside Canada as usual.
Although we plan to adapt to the challenges of a new world after COVID-19, we have to keep in mind the path that economies in different countries have to take. Although growth will continue shortly, there is a basis of support for the line of thought that indicates the expectation that things will return to normal in 2021.
An Indian student must pull up his / her socks, gain the knowledge that he/she will have to raise through the challenges of a new world. Keeping this in mind, a study visa in Canada remains a compelling option, which will empower a student with the tools necessary to survive and do well in the post-2021 world.