Flexibility in post-graduation work permit rules – Message from the Ministry
“International education represents a significant economic benefit to Canada, with international students contributing $21.6 billion to Canada’s GDP and supporting nearly 170,000 jobs in 2018. International students are also often excellent candidates to apply to remain in Canada permanently, with nearly 54,000 former students becoming permanent residents in Canada in 2018.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a considerable impact on international students. In response to the health and travel restrictions that are in place, many designated learning institutions (DLIs) are offering their courses online.
Post-secondary institutions and prospective students alike are considering their approach to the fall semester. Both have sought guidance from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada regarding eligibility for the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP) for students starting at an eligible DLI this fall.
Under normal circumstances, criteria for the PGWPP limit an international student’s ability to pursue a program via distance learning, from inside or outside Canada, and time spent studying outside Canada is deducted from the length of the work permit for which they are eligible.
PGWPP eligibility will not be affected for international students whose fall 2020 courses will be online due to COVID-19. This is in line with guidance provided to students already studying in Canada or whose program had a spring or summer start date.
Students in this situation may begin their classes while outside Canada and complete up to 50% of their program via distance learning if they cannot travel to Canada sooner.
In addition, they will not have time deducted from the length of a future post-graduation work permit for studies completed outside of Canada, up to December 31, 2020.
Orientation for Term 3 will be conducted online through an app known as BigBlueButton. It will serve as a live information session for new students, an opportunity to ask questions in real-time and learn more about our online learning initiatives and what Acsenda is doing to protect our community and communities beyond our campus. We recommend that all new students attend this session.”
For more information surrounding travel and immigration, visit:
Message from the President
Dear Acsenda Community,
We are preparing for our next academic term beginning on June 29, 2020 and running through to September 19, 2020. Registration is live for current students and opens for new students June 2nd.
I want to inform you that Ascenda School of Management will continue to offer our courses fully online for Term 3 as we have done for Term 2. We will be offering most classes synchronously (in live time) according to a regular schedule at set times. There will be a select number of lower level classes that will be available to students in other countries that are not able to come to Canada due to travel and immigration restrictions, that will be offered asynchronously (not in live time). You will be receiving information about courses to be offered and instructions for registration soon.
The ability to resume to normal class delivery in a fully face to face setting at our campus is affected by a variety of factors. These include directives from the government and public health officials, our building management and transportation. While there is an indication that some businesses may be some return to work in the weeks ahead, there is still a great degree of uncertainty about when it would be practical for schools to return and to what degree. In the interest of public health and safety, to minimize the potential for further disruption to students and to allow our students and faculty to plan accordingly, we have decided to deliver our programs in a consistent way throughout the term.
There is a possibility that we may begin providing some administrative services at the campus in the weeks ahead. We await further guidance from the government with respect to when and the level of service that may be possible. I will provide you with further information as it becomes available
Thank you for your patience and understanding during these uncertain times. I realize that many people are anxious to resume our normal life again and to be able to connect with others in person. We have made great progress in BC in avoiding a more serious outbreak and this is largely due to community support and cooperation with people following the stay at home guidelines and practicing physical distancing. Please continue to follow these guidelines. Soon this will all be behind us and then we will have much to celebrate!
Study from your home country
- Acsenda will permit students who are currently outside of Canada to begin taking a limited selection of classes online providing they:
- Are accepted into an Acsenda degree program (Issued a Letter of Acceptance (LOA)), and
- Are unable to travel to Canada at this time due to travel restrictions, and
- Have either received, have been approved or are in the process of applying for a Visa/eTA or Study Permit
- According to the Canada Immigration website, International students in this situation are permitted to begin their classes online while outside Canada. https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/coronavirus-covid19/visitors-foreign-workers-students.html#restrictions-students
- Students in this situation will still be eligible for the Post Graduate Work Permit Program (PGWPP).
- Students who are not successful in obtaining their visa/eTA/Study Permit approval, will be entitled to a refund under the terms and conditions of our Refund Policy.
- Duolingo is now temporarily accepted as one of the English Language Proficiency Tests; Duolingo English Test (DET) 110-120: https://www.acsenda.com/admissions-for-international-business-programs/international-students/
Work hours restriction for international students removed
- Starting immediately, the government will remove the restriction that allows international students to work a maximum of 20 hours per week while classes are in session, provided they are working in an essential service or function, such as health care, critical infrastructure, or the supply of food or other critical goods. For more information, CLICK HERE.
Who to contact?
Enrollments: 778 227 5504 and 778 772 8722
Information: 778 227 5454
The Canada Emergency Response Benefit, which provides temporary income support of $500 (CAD) a week for up to 16 weeks to those who stopped working because of COVID-19, has been confirmed available for international students if they meet certain requirements.
According to a post on the Canadian government website, CERB is available to residents in Canada who have stopped working because of COVID-19 and have not voluntarily quit their job; who had an income of at least $5,000 in 2019 or in the 12 months prior to the date of their application; and who are or expect to be without employment or self-employment income for at least 14 consecutive days in the initial four-week period.
As well, seasonal workers and those who have recently run out of employment insurance will now also be eligible for CERB. People who make less than $1,000 a month due to reduced work hours will also qualify.
“Workers who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents – including temporary foreign workers and international students – may be eligible to receive the benefit if they meet the other eligibility requirements,” the government statement explained.
In addition, here are some recent updates regarding COVID-19:
- Within Canada, and British Columbia, measures are being taken to contain the spread of the virus.
- The Provincial Health Officer issued direction against gatherings of 50 people or more.
- People are asked to stay home and avoid going out unless absolutely necessary.
- All travelers coming into Canada to self-isolate for 14 days.
While many of the online program options are available through a smart phone, students will need a laptop for your program and if you do not already have one, you should arrange to purchase one.
Returning Acsenda Students
- Courses will continue to take place in real-time so students can talk to one another and ask questions in a classroom environment. You will access your courses through Moodle and My ASM. Please watch for special instructions on how to access your information.
- If you have a class scheduled on Tuesday at 9 am in Room 222 at Acsenda, you will have that same class (with the same students) in the course’s online classroom, instead.
- All Internships and Practicums are cancelled for Term 3. Students affected will be advised of alternate arrangements.
- If you need to register for classes, please contact the Registrar’s office. There will be no penalty for late registration.
New students currently in Canada and starting in Term 3
- All students who have recently arrived in Canada or left Canada and returned, must self isolate for 14 days.
- Please contact the Registrar’s at registrar@Acsenda.com to register for classes and you will receive further information on your program and your class schedule.
- Courses will continue to take place in real-time so students can talk to one another and ask questions just like you would in a regular classroom environment.
- Acsenda will also provide an online orientation to assist you with the start to your program and how the online classes will work.
- Please join the webinar (see times below) for additional information on housing, medical insurance, services and support in Canada.
New Students starting in Term 3 who have not yet arrived in Canada
- Unless you are a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident, you will not be able to enter the country due to the temporary border closure currently in place.
- If you have an Offer, or a visa, or a study permit, you will be offered a selection of online courses into which you can enroll.
- To enroll in these courses, please email the Registrar’s Office registrar@Acsenda.com In your message, include your student number. The Registrar Office staff will get back to you with details about your program and assist you with registering for classes.
- If you have any questions about your enrollment please contact info@Acsenda.com and we will help answer any questions you may have.
Although we will not be getting together on campus, there will still be lots of ways for students to connect and interact. Acsenda will be promoting digital social events throughout the course of the term so that our students can stay in touch with each other, have fun and learn new things.
These sessions will be uploaded to this page soon.
Acsenda will continue to monitor the BCCDC for developments regarding COVID-19 and will act accordingly based on their health and safety precautions. We will update you further by email as well provide updates on our website www.acsenda.com and MyASM.
Acsenda has established a health and safety resource for students, known as the ‘AskAboutCOVID’ helpline. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact askaboutcovid@Acsenda.com.
We encourage students to use this great resource. We will have more information regarding additional support measures soon.