If you are unable to travel to Canada in time for the start of your program in the fall, you can still begin the program online, and remain eligible for the PGWP.
There is still plenty of time to begin your Canadian immigration journey in the fall of 2020. You can still submit your applications to Canadian designated learning institutions (DLIs) in the coming weeks, and also have time to obtain a study permit.
DLIs are post-secondary institutions such as colleges and universities that are recognized by the government to host international students.
As long as you complete a qualifying program at a DLI of at least two years in duration or more, and arrive to Canada by December 31, 2020, you can still be eligible for a three-year PGWP after you complete your program.
One of the biggest concerns among international students has been addressed, since even if they cannot arrive to Canada by the fall due to a coronavirus interruption (e.g., they cannot find a flight to make it to Canada in time for the start of their program), students can start the program online without being penalized.
Online learning in fall 2020 will make studying in Canada more affordable
Having the financial means to study in Canada is important. Fortunately, Canada’s new policy makes it even more affordable to study in the country, since a student can save on living expenses by studying online in their home country for several months this fall, and then eventually move to Canada by the end of 2020.
Once they move to Canada, they can work while studying to help support themselves financially and also save money for their future.
In addition, Canada is already one of the least expensive destinations for international students in the western world, and the Canadian dollar is more affordable than other currencies such as the U.S. dollar, Euro, and the British Pound.
There are also scholarships available in Canada for international students.
Hence, students who begin their Canadian educational program online this fall will be able to obtain a high-quality and affordable education, the right to work in Canada during and after their studies, and a major competitive advantage when they submit their permanent residence application.