The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) released a statement on Twitter on Wednesday stating that IRCC cannot guarantee students that they will receive a final decision on their study- permit application in Canada before September 2021. However, the department stated that the students who have received an acceptance offer from the university can begin their online classes. This comes as a big backdrop for international students, at a time when the fall semester is about to begin.
Although, the Canadian high commission in India has made special arrangements to clear the massive backlog of study visa permit applications. A dedicated biometrics appointment system has been set up by the high commission for students. The commission has stated that all other visa applicants should avoid booking under the student visa category as their applications will be rejected.
IRCC also tweeted that this will not affect the post-graduation work permit eligibility (PGWP) for students and even after starting their courses online they would be eligible to apply for a work permit in Canada. Considering this situation, many universities have started to deliver their courses in a hybrid fashion where the course begins with online delivery, and then the students are expected to come to the campus for attending offline lectures. The IRCC tweet comes a day after the Canadian immigration minister, Marco Mendicino, released a statement to ease border measures for international students who are fully vaccinated from September 7, 2021.