What You Need To Know (In Matthew's Words):
Study Permits will be issued in two stages.
The official Study Permit will be issued after Stage 2. What remains unclear is what happens to students and fees if Stage 1 is approved but Stage 2 is refused and the student is in mid semester.
As per IRCC guidelines, "50% of a total program of study is calculated based on the number of courses completed in Canada. In a situation where part of a semester is completed in Canada and the other part online overseas, IRCC will consider that the semester was completed in Canada. Applicants may have to submit additional documents from the DLI."
Read the full article here: Study permit: COVID-19 program delivery