Update – List of Canada’s institutions now approved for receiving international students

Update – List of Canada’s institutions now approved for receiving international students

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Canada has now updated its list of Designated Learning Institutions (DLIs) which have been approved for permitting international students to come to Canada and study on campus. This is the first of further updates to come. To determine if your institution is on the list these are the steps to follow. Step 1 Go to the proper link https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/coronavirus-covid19/students/approved-dli.html Step 2 Scroll to the bottom where it says “Find out if your DLI is approved”. Step 3 Make a selection for the question “Which school level are you going into?” You have two choices. Choice number 1 is “Primary or Secondary School” which means study between kindergarten and grade 12. Choice number 2 is Post-secondary school which refers to programs of study after high school. Step 3 Another question will pop up “In which province or territory is…
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Canada’s Covid-19 DLI list

Canada’s Covid-19 DLI list

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As reported in our earlier blog, Canada is now open for international students to arrive. https://www.cuac.lk/coming-to-canada-next-steps/ Canada has published its Covid-19 Canada DLI list indicating which instructions are now approved to receive international student study permit holders. DLI refers to Designated Learning Institutes https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/coronavirus-covid19/students/approved-dli.html But a number of conditions need to be met, including that the institution the student has admission to is (1) a designated learning institution (DLI) and (2) has an approved readiness plan approved by its province or territory (Canada has 10 provinces and 3 territories – there are no national institutions, all institutions are governed by the province or territory). Frequently Asked Questions What if I don’t see my institution approved yet – should I worry? No.  The main point is to determine if the institution…
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Coming to Canada – Next steps

Coming to Canada – Next steps

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Further to Canada’s big announcement last Friday, October 2, 2020, we are now seeing our students get letters confirming that announcement and informing them of the next steps. We explained that announcement in this blog instalment: https://www.cuac.lk/big-news-canada-welcomes-back-international-students/ We include a sample of a standard letter students are getting at the end of this blog. All official announcements and correspondence from the Canadian government are available in French, as well as English, Canada’s two official languages. For students with a study permit ready to make plans to come to Canada make sure you are in close contact with the institution that has admitted you to make sure you are eligible to come and that you have complete documentation to support you every step of the way: from getting a boarding pass…
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Big news: Canada welcomes back international students !

Big news: Canada welcomes back international students !

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October 5, 2020. For international students hoping to study in Canada, the Canadian government announced the biggest news of 2020 this past October 2, 2020. PART 1 HIGHLIGHTS Effective October 20, 2020 international students can enter Canada for their studies if they satisfy all the conditions. These conditions include that entering Canada is essential.  Examples of essential INCLUDE: you need to be in Canada for your program (for laboratory work, workshops, or similar)your school isn’t offering online study optionsyou can’t study online from your home country because of internet restrictions or bandwidth limitationsyou can’t participate in live online classes from your home country because of the difference in time zones WHO IS EXCLUDED:  You can’t enter if you are travelling for optional or discretionary reasons, such as for tourism, recreation or entertainment. Also…
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January 2021 Semester – international student update

January 2021 Semester – international student update

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September 21, 2020. Public Canadian universities, colleges and polytechnics usually have their main arrival of students in the first week of every September. The second most important arrival period for students is at the beginning of every January after the Christmas and New Year’s break. This year of course is unlike any other. While most institutions did not offer in-person classes for the September 2020 intake, at this point it seems that more institutions are planning a “hybrid” intake for January 2021. What does “hybrid” mean. The objective is to combine on-line learning along with learning in classes or laboratories or other field work. The idea recognizes the importance of direct in-person learning while giving institutions the flexibility to adjust to realities around the pandemic. In this way, institutions can…
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Canadian government clarifies study permit procedures

Canadian government clarifies study permit procedures

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The Canadian government has made recent announcements offering a variety of improvements for international students whether already in Canada or planning to come to study in Canada. These announcements include new improvements regarding working in Canada for those already in Canada as well as qualifying for a post-graduation work permit (PGWP) for those planning to study on-line outside Canada for the coming one or two semesters. In our blog of August 27, 2020 we assessed the significance of this announcement. https://www.cuac.lk/more-big-study-permit-news-from-canada/ To address some confusion, the Canadian Embassy in Beijing issued a Frequently Asked Question bulletin addressing many issues that have arisen. This is useful for students and their families from around the world. Remember when reading this blog that it makes clear in particular that students who start their…
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Useful links for Canada Study Permit / Visa Application during COVID-19 period

Useful links for Canada Study Permit / Visa Application during COVID-19 period

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1. How COVID-19 is affecting you and what to do if you’re an international student? https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/coronavirus-covid19/students.html 2. Travel exemptions and restrictions for international students https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/coronavirus-covid19/students.html#exemptions 3. Apply for PGWP during COVID-19 and how your PGWP eligibility is affected? https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/coronavirus-covid19/students.html#pgwpC 4. Information on the temporary new 2-stage Study Permit approval process https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/coronavirus-covid19/students.html#two-stage 5. Information on Non-optional and non-discretionary travel https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/corporate/publications-manuals/operational-bulletins-manuals/service-delivery/coronavirus/travel-restrictions/non-optional-non-discretionary.html 6. With the current travel restrictions in place, who can travel to Canada? https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/coronavirus-covid19/travel-restrictions-exemptions.html#enter 7. Foreign nationals who are eligible to travel to Canada and exemptions from the travel restrictions https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/coronavirus-covid19/travel-restrictions-exemptions.html#foreign 8. Who is an immediate family member? https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/coronavirus-covid19/travel-restrictions-exemptions.html#immediate 9. How COVID-19 is affecting you and what to do if you’re a visitor? https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/coronavirus-covid19/visitors.html 10. How COVID-19 is affecting you and what to do if you’re a temporary worker? https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/coronavirus-covid19/foreign-workers.html 11.…
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More big Study Permit news from Canada !

More big Study Permit news from Canada !

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August 26, 2020 As a response to the corona virus, the Canadian Immigration Department continues to announce updates to its study permit (study visa) system as it adapts to the realities of the worldwide corona virus pandemic. In today’s announcement the Canadian government confirmed the following. Eligibility for the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program Students can study online from abroad until April 30, 2021, without affecting their eligibility or the length of a future post-graduation work permit, provided they are able to complete at least 50% of their program in Canada.Students enrolled in programs between 8 and 12 months in length that started during the spring, summer or fall terms (from May to September) of 2020 will be able to apply for a post-graduation work permit if they complete their entire…
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Study in Canada visas – Preliminary Eligibility Assessment

Study in Canada visas – Preliminary Eligibility Assessment

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We recently reported on a big announcement from the Canadian federal government (Canada Immigration) regarding a new two-step system for helping as many students as possible qualify for a first step approval by the start of the September, 2020 semester. The CUAC has now received our first Canadian immigration office letter with the new terminology approving the first step. The earlier policy announcement referred to the first stage as being an approval-in-principle. This letter uses the language ”preliminary eligibility assessment”. If your letter has this language “preliminary eligibility assessment” it is very likely your study visa (officially called a study permit) to study in Canada will be later granted. The letter basically means only one or more of the following items: medical check, security clearance and biometric information have still…
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I have a study permit? When can I travel to study in Canada ?

I have a study permit? When can I travel to study in Canada ?

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When can you come to study in Canada? Except in rare cases – not yet! This is true not only if you have a study permit and are planning to start your first year of studies in Canada or if you have already been a student in Canada and simply wish to return to Canada to continue your studies. According to CBC.ca, the website for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation: The Federal Order in Council for Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada outlines travel restrictions for non-Canadian citizens. The order was due to expire on July 31, but was extended to Aug. 31 with no added exemptions, meaning international students still cannot come into the country.  Students who obtained a study permit before March 18, 2020 whether new…
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