CoViD-19 Strikes Hard
The World Health Organization (WHO) declared CoViD-19 a pandemic on March 11, 2020. Among those who have been impacted by this global catastrophe are those who have been planning for overseas education, especially at some of the preferred study-abroad destinations such as the US, UK, Canada, to name a few.
So, are you one among those?
Did you get that Offer of Admission from the dream university?
Have you been planning to go to Canada?
And now, you are worried about what next. CoViD-19 has thrown a wrench in your plan.
Heading for Canada? Hey, Take Heart
If you have been confused in the current situation, think otherwise. It might not be as gloomy as it might appear to you. Canada is one of the most immigrant-friendly, cosmopolitan countries; So is its Government. Their response to the CoViD-19 crisis affecting international students can be positive news for you. Their response along with a bit of careful planning on your part can bring some smile back to your face. Here is how.
||Feel Good to Know That…
- You already have/obtained the approval of a valid Study Permit for Canada on or before 18.03.20 and are outside Canada
- You are exempted from the current Canadian travel restrictions until June 30. This applies to the MS and MBA program of study as well
- Your Program of study is starting in May/June 2020
- Your in-class courses have moved to the online mode
- You were unable to travel to Canada due to international travel restrictions
- You will still be eligible for the Postgraduate Work Permit Program (PGWPP) of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), post completion of your study
- You can begin your classes while being outside Canada and can complete up to half of your intended program online while being abroad
- This is crucial for overseas students because
- PGWPP allows you to work in Canada for up to 3 years and gain valuable work experience
- PGWPP is also an important criterion for economic class immigration programs which lead to permanent residence in Canada
- Your job has been negatively affected by CoVid-19, didn’t quit your job, and you
- Have a Social Insurance Number (SIN)
- Above 15 years of age and a resident of Canada
- Presently are or are expecting to be out of work for at least 14 consecutive days in the initial 4-week period
- Had an income of at least CAD$5000 in 2019 or twelve months before your date of application
- You can ingress the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)
- Be eligible to receive temporary income support of CAD $500 weekly for up to 16 weeks
What Should I Do?
During this extraordinary time, you should have a two-pronged strategy.
- PREPARE: Make the most of this unplanned time that you have got
- Prepare more for standardised tests that have been cancelled or rescheduled
- Connect with the Office for International Students of your university regularly to get an update of the situation
- Stay informed about the on-ground, evolving CoViD-19 situation of your destination country
- Keep yourself posted about Immigration, Visa, and Travel Advisory for international students of home and destination country
- PLAN: Keep options open
- Devise Plan A, B, and C according to your planned intake
- If you have an offer for a Fall 2020 intake, your
- Plan A: Study online at your university, given
- If the situation improves, the institutions will throw open their campuses
- Institutions in Canada are advising international students to accept their admission offers
- If an IELTS score is currently unavailable, check with your university/college if they accept a Duolingo English score
- PGWPP is not affected
- Save the cost of living for the first semester
- Online visa approval before the beginning of classes
- An almost fail-safe option if you are not considering any other option
- Plan B: Defer your plan to study abroad till January/September 2021 intake. In that case
- Contact your university/College and request deferment of study to the next/available intake
- University might decline any deferment
- You might miss a semester on campus
- Limited courses offered in the Spring intake. You might have to choose the Fall 2021 option
- Plan C: Opt for a Twin Program where
- The course is divided between two partnering institutions
- One institution in India, the other in Canada
- University of Fraser Valley, Chandigarh, India
- Graduate Options: Pursue a 1-year Global Master’s Pathway at Chandigarh and then going on to earn
- Master of Global Business (MGB) at the University of Victoria
- Master of Management (MoM) and Master of Applied Economics and Policy (MAEP) at the University of Windsor
- Significant savings in tuition fees and living cost for the portion of the program studied in India
- Direct admission to a Canadian university as a transfer student
- Enhanced chance of visa approval
It is time for you to prepare, plan, and persist. You need not despair. Also, we are closely monitoring the situation in Canada and the world at large. Our dedicated team of destination specialists at Manya – The Princeton Review is constantly in touch with students (remotely) and updating them about the latest and most relevant news. You can always get in touch with us, and we will be happy to help you.
For more information, call our Study Abroad Helpline 1800 102 4646
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