Study Permit – expedited process available until September 15 only

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The Government of Canada‘s immigration agency Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has introduced temporary measures that will allow International Students to apply for a Study Permit using a new, temporary, two-step expedited process.

With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic still making the application process difficult for most people, IRCC has decided to allow International Students to start their studies online without being issued a full Study Permit.

The new, temporary, two-step process will allow IRCC to process applications faster.

International Students can submit applications under this new, temporary two-step expedited process until September 15, 2020.


The first step in the process will require International Students to submit the following:

  • Letter of Acceptance from DLI
  • Certificat d’acceptation du Québec (for Quebec students only)
  • Proof of Funds
  • Proof that they will leave Canada when they no longer have status
  • Family ties to Canada

IRCC officers will review each application and pre-approve those who meet the minimum requirements. International students who are pre-approved can begin their studies.

The second step in the process will require International Students to submit the following:

  • Results of their medical examinations
  • Police clearance
  • Biometrics


International Students under the Student Direct Stream (SDS) will be able to submit applications under the new, temporary, two-step expedited process only if their applications are complete.

If their applications are incomplete, they will have to apply under the regular process, or submit their application when their requirements are complete. Incomplete applications can expect delays, according to IRCC.

Normal processing times under the SDS is 20 days. Applicants from China, India, Morocco, Pakistan, Senegal, Vietnam and the Philippines can apply under the SDS.


In order to apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP), International Students must first complete their studies in Canada.

A PGWP is required for International Students who want to work legally in Canada after graduating.

IRCC made the changes after DLIs took their in-person classes online. International Students are now allowed to take half of their studies online, then apply for a PGWP that will allow them to work legally in Canada for at least another three years.

PGWPs allow international students to gain Canadian experience that will count towards their application for Permanent Residency under different immigration programs, including those under the Express Entry System and the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs).

In a statement, immigration minister Marco Mendicino said that Canada is committed to providing support for the International Student community.

“The pandemic has had a significant impact on international students and the Canadian institutions and communities that host them,” Mendicino said.

Mendicino continued: “This is why we have implemented a series of measures to support them. We value the contribution of young people seeking a high-quality education in Canada, and we’re making every effort to minimize how current challenges affect their plans and dreams for the future.”


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