As we hit another year of the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government of Canada has taken serious measures to ensure the safety of international students are not affected by this global crisis, even when the coronavirus cases are still on the increase in Canada.
Assuming you were approved for a study permit, dependent on the Post-secondary institution and program that you choose, your acceptance letter will show whether or not your presence is mandatory for the program.
You will only be allowed to travel to Canada if your acceptance letter shows that your physical presence is mandatory.
Before you embark on the journey to Canada to begin your studies, check the IRCC website to be sure you are following the up to date COVID 19 procedures.
At the time of writing, only four (4) airports in Canada are accepting international travellers, Montreal, Toronto, Calgary or Vancouver with the ongoing travel requirements including:
- A negative COVID test conducted within Seventy-two (72) hours of your flight;
- Submit your travel dates and your fourteen (14) day quarantine plan through the ArriveCAN app;
- Mandatory COVID-19 test upon your arrival into Canada.
In addition to this, as of the 22nd of Feb. 2021, the federal government of Canada will require all international travelers to pay a fee of $2,000 to quarantine for up to three (3) days/nights at an approved hotel, while they wait for the results of COVID-19 border tests. It is not known how long this provision will be in effect.
As part of the COVID-19 travel restriction effort and until further notice, any foreign citizens entering Canada to do a stort-term, Canadian study program must now present a valid study permit. Prior to this program update, foreign citizens entering Canada to undertake a study program less than six (6) months in duration could do so on their visit visa,
Should you travel to Canada to Study?
Many Canadian Post-Secondary institutions have had to quickly adapt to an online learning platform, with the majority of Canadian educational institutions offering only remote classes until further notice. This, along with the additional protection offered by IRCC, allows foreign students, to begin their Canadian program from their country of residence, without losing the ability to obtain a post graduate work permit (PGWP) upon completion of their Canadian course. To get a post-graduate work permit, international students are required to be present in Canada for only fifty (50) per cent of the program.
With international students adding value to the Canadian economy and being a big part of Canada’s immigration quota for 2021, we advise those who want to earn an international certification or accreditation and gain Canadian work experience to apply as soon as possible.
Both of the factors listed above, will help you earn more points towards your immigration process in order to gain Canadian permanent residency thereafter.