On 28 July 2020, IRCC has announced “Program delivery update: Two-stage assessment process for study permit applications, post-graduation work permit eligibility“.
IRCC has announced they will process complete study permit applications first. For those students who cannot submit a complete application yet IRCC will use a two-stage study permit application approval process (as a temporary measure), to provide a certain degree of reassurance to students who cannot provide all required documents or information yet.
If you send in your application on or before September 15, 2020 IRCC aims to process most applications before the fall semester through the First Stage, based on your eligibility.
After you submit your study permit application your online study period will count for your eligibility for a Post Graduate Work Permit later – as long as at least 50% of your program will be completed in Canada.
When you submit the remaining documents (such as biometrics, medical exam, police certificates) IRCC will assess your admissibility in the Second (and final) Stage. Once you receive final study permit approval you will be able to travel to Canada and begin your studies when the current travel restrictions lifted.