20 Mar How Coronavirus will affect international students in 2020?
Canadian colleges have deferred May intake for diploma courses to September due to coronavirus outbreak. Punjab students are in a panic.
Universities and colleges in Canada have started notifying international students enrolled for diploma courses in May that their intake will be deferred to September after the North American country blocked the entry of foreign travellers on Wednesday to check the spread of coronavirus. This has led to panic among students in Punjab keen on pursuing higher education in Canada.
The move comes after the announcement by Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau that his country will bar the entry to most non-citizens and non-permanent residents in an attempt to limit the spread of coronavirus disease (Covid-19), which means that all international students keen on pursuing courses from May will not be allowed to enter Canada from March 18.
Canada has 873 cases at the time of writing this article. Many businesses, restaurants and school have shut down according to our sources and students staying in Canada are worried about their survival in this lockdown period.
CANADA STUDENT VISA REFUSAL RATE of 2020: Many May intake visa applications have been rejected amid of Coronavirus fear. The world is in a panic due to this pandemic and students may have to postpone their plans. Many Students already got their visa refused.
Universities and colleges have informed us not to make any tuition fee deposit as they will not be issuing the letter of acceptance for May and those students who have deposited their fee, should defer their arrival for the September intake.
Many colleges and Universities have deferred may intake to September since students who got their visa are not allowed to board flights to Canada. Same apply to many other countries like USA, Europe, Australia. International travel is at a halt. For those who have already applied visa application for study permit may experience a delay in answer.
Students who have arrived in Canada this January may have to deal with difficult circumstances in case if Canada government permits lockdown of business which will affect their employment. Many students are worried about the economic recession due to Covid-19. Many students have to get money from their families for paying their rent and other expenses if they don’t get work.
With school closures and potential travel restrictions on the horizon due to the growing spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), international students in Canada might be wondering if they should remain in Canada or return to their country of origin.