Canadian Borders Open to International Students
February 9, 2021
After nearly six months, Canadian borders are officially reopening to all international students who are enrolled in designated learning institutions to study in Canada, who are Coronavirus ready and have been approved by their respective provincial or territorial health authority. The Immigration Refugee Council of Canada (IRCC) implemented numerous special measures during the lockdown period. One of which allowed students who continued their studies that would have otherwise been done in Canada via distance learning, to include this time in their applications for Post Graduate Work Permits (PGWP) and Provincial Nomination Programs.
Students arriving in Canada to begin or continue their studies will still be required to undergo the mandatory 14 day quarantine period. Keep this in mind for your class start dates. Make sure you have all the required documents and that you are asymptomatic when you arrive in Canada. Border control is hard at work to ensure no non-essential travellers, or tourists, enter the country. So, what does an international student arriving in Canada require to get through customs and into the classroom?
What You’ll Need to Study in CanadaMake sure you have the following in your possession:
- A valid study permit and visitor visa in you passport, or
- A port of entry letter of introduction that shows you were approved for a study permit on or before March 18, 2020, if you’re coming from any other country
Who Can Travel With You to CanadaImmediate family members of students may accompany them as long as their reason for travel is essential. For example, if they have a work permit and they will be assisting you in getting established in Canada and supporting your study program. They will also be required to undergo the 14 day quarantine period. Immediate family members include spouses, common law partners and dependents.
Would You Like to Study in Canada?Universities and other learning institutions have already begun accepting applications for the fall 2021 academic year. Some students even travel over earlier and start some programs in January. The first step is to identify a program you are interested in at a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) in Canada. A DLI is a post secondary institution in Canada that has been approved by the IRCC to accept foreign students. It is vital that you only apply to schools on the approved list of DLI’s or your Canada study permit won’t be granted. We also recommend that you consider institutions that offer PGWP eligible institutions. The PGWP is only available to foreign graduates and is a special work permit, one that’s length is directly correlated to the length of your studies. So, do a three year program, you could be eligible for a three year work permit. The list of requirements to study in Canada is not a long one. For now, applications are only being processed online. If you want to study in Canada, meet the following list of requirements and your application will be considered:
- a letter of acceptance from DLI;
- Proof of funds - show that you can cover:
- Your tuition fees.
- living costs for yourself and any dependents that will accompany you.
- return travel for yourself and any dependents.
- If you have any family connections in Canada; and
- Evidence that you will leave Canada if/when you no longer have legal status