Canada's immigration minister Marco Mendicino has announced 56,000 first-stage study permits have been approved for international students looking to move to Canada for higher education.
These approvals will allow international students to pursue their studies in Canada from overseas while unable to apply for Canadian immigration during the pandemic.
Canada recently announced a two-stage study permit process to allow international students to begin their studies while unable to travel to Canada due to the ongoing pandemic.
In the first stage, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will review several criteria for each international student applicant, such as their letter of acceptance from a Canadian educational institution and proof of their funds for financially supporting their stay in Canada.
In the second stage, each applicant will travel to Canada to complete a medical exam, provide biometrics and undergo a criminal background check to finalize their study permit approval.
Speaking at a webinar, Mr Mendicino reaffirmed Canada's commitment to welcoming immigrants, international students and global talent to the country, stating that immigration will play a vital role in Canada's economic growth.