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Fewer Foreign Students Due to COVID: Canada Wants International Students to Grow the Economy

Blog posted on by Evelyn Ackah in Study Permits, Student Visas and Coronavirus - COVID

Fewer Foreign Students Due to COVID: Canada Wants International Students to Grow the Economy

At the end of 2019, there were more than 642,000 foreign students in Canada with India the top country of origin for foreign students in Canada. With Canada's border closed to non-essential travel and immediate families through at least July 21, 2020, due to COVID travel restrictions, in Fall 2020 there will be fewer foreign students at Canadian universities, although many are still admitting international students for the fall semester and offering distance or remote learning.

The government temporarily stopped issuing student visas while shutdown restrictions remain in effect. That means any foreign student accepted into a Canadian education program will have to remain in their home country until further notice.

International Students Vital to Canada's Economy

Canada remains an attractive destination for foreign students and has increased international student enrollment in recent years, primarily due to the changes to the United States immigration system. Statistics Canada reports that temporary resident arrivals are nearly 80% fewer YTD compared to 2019 mainly due to a decline in new international students. International students pay higher tuition fees at Canada’s higher educational institutions, and are a source of future Canadian permanent resident to help build Canada's economy and continue to strengthen the educational system.

Canada immigration lawyer Evelyn Ackah says foreign students who want to study in Canada should start their study permit application now:

Canada's IRCC is open and processing applications now, but at a much slower rate and prioritizing essential worker applications. At Ackah Law we recommend if you want to study in Canada you should submit your student visa application now, and beat the backlog that will occur when travel restrictions ease and IRCC is fully operational.

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In order to study in Canada, international students usually require a study permit. This is a document available only after a college, university, or other accredited educational institution has accepted you. Study permits are only available for those accepted to schools designated to accept international students. Designated learning institutions appear on the official Designated Learning Institutions list, but only at the post-secondary level. Primary and secondary schools throughout the country are automatically deemed as designated institutions.

For more information on applying to study in Canada as an international student or to find out about working while you study or after you graduate contact us today at (403) 452-9515 Ext. 100 or 1-800-932-1190 or email us directly.



Evelyn Ackah

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It is one thing to earn a living; it is another thing to make a difference in the world.

This is our formal thank you note to Evelyn Ackah and the Ackah Law Team for all the effort they put into helping us navigate and finally resolve the hurdle that was Canadian Immigration back in the spring of 2012.

A friend referred us to Evelyn; he assured us that Evelyn would take good care of us. Our friend was confident we were in good hands and said Evelyn would do her very best to help us and she did! At the time we did not know that his referral would go far beyond finding us help. Slowly we realized that it would become our own personal story of how we received grace and were reminded of the power in paying it forward

We wrote a detailed page of our dilemma, explaining how we came to be in the position we were in (overwhelmed with the hurdle that was Canadian Immigration and the uncertainty that we faced as a young family in Calgary). Evelyn agreed to take on our file with her team. They found the time to personally call us and listened intently and understood the details of what we were dealing with. They gave us their time, an honest opinion and provided clear direction which proved to be invaluable advice. Months went by but in time, we received word from Ackah Law that the Immigration office had finally reviewed our file and a decision had been made allowing our family to finally put the immigration matter to rest. We were finally able to focus again to live our lives without fear or pending doom.

Looking back now, even the sun appeared to shine a little brighter that day. At first we didn’t know whether to bake them a cake, drive out to meet their team, find their offices and personally thank them with a mighty hug or simply cry out to the heavens in thankful relief. Instead we emailed them to express our heartfelt thank-you and we hoped that they would know deep in their hearts just how grateful we were for all of their help.

Even though we relied on emails and phone conversations to communicate with them that year, we will always remember their constant professionalism, their kindness and understanding at a time that brought us so much pain not to mention fear. As if all their hard work wasn’t enough, Evelyn then then casually mentions that all their work was done pro-bono! We were thoroughly humbled!

To this day we are still eager to share how wonderful they all are as human beings but even more than that, we continue to pay it forward in honour of them, their service to us and their continued dedication in helping others.

Eternally thankful

– The Brummunds

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