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September 28, 2021

Extended Travel Ban on Air Travel from Morocco to Canada

On September 24, 2021, the Government of Canada announced the ban on direct flights from Morocco to Canada has been extended to Thursday, October 28, 2021, 23:59. Passengers originating from Morocco who choose to travel to Canada from Morocco via an indirect route will need to obtain a pre-departure negative COVID-19 molecular test result from […]
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September 23, 2021

Direct Flights from India to Resume

For many months, Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) has been engaging with various federal departments towards solutions that would re-open direct air travel from India to Canada. We are pleased to share that, as of September 26, 2021, at 23:59 EDT, direct flights from India to Canada will resume. Once the restriction on direct flights […]
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September 15, 2021

COVID-19 Travel Tool Kit

As of September 7, 2021, Canada has allowed entry of travellers from any country for discretionary reasons if they have been fully vaccinated with Government of Canada-accepted vaccines, at least 14 days prior to entering Canada, and if they also meet specific entry requirements. PHAC has developed a Digital Engagement Kit to support the changes […]
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August 5, 2021

For international students: updates on travel to Canada

In recent weeks, member institutions have reported several examples of international students denied boarding due to inconsistencies in how airline staff have interpreted official government of Canada policies and guidelines. As a priority, CICan is engaging directly with relevant federal officials on this issue. As a result, and to minimize issues going forward, the Canada […]
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July 29, 2021

For international students: travel policy updates

CICan is pleased to provide this update related to recently announced changes to travel requirements. In addition to the news releases of July 5th and July 19th, and backgrounder (specific to international students), federal officials held a virtual news conference announcing upcoming changes. It is expected that the following changes will be confirmed in subsequent updates to existing Orders in Council. As of July 5th, […]
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July 15, 2021

Update: The latest on international students

On quarantine requirements and the fall intake, we continue to stress the effectiveness of government approved COVID-19 readiness plans and are working with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) to facilitate the smooth and safe arrival of international students. To reduce pressure on quarantine capacity, we have […]
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June 18, 2021

Update: International students, Visa Application Centres and quarantine requirements

For institutions welcoming international students, we are pleased to share that Visa Application Centres (VAC) in India will begin collecting biometric information on June 21 with priority given to international students. Students can book appointments as of June 17 and will have exclusive access to appointments until June 30.  Along with recent VAC re-openings in France and Mexico, this is encouraging news and will make it […]
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April 30, 2021

Important updates related to international students

On study permit processing, we continue to advocate for a more efficient and predictable processing of study permits. According to updated processing times, international students outside of Canada, regardless of their nationality, will receive a decision no later than August 6, provided that they have submitted a complete application by May 15. More accurate information […]
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February 22, 2021

Further flexibilities to support international students and additional quarantine requirements

We are pleased to share that Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada has announced further flexibilities to support international students: New measures will allow up to 100% of a student’s program to be completed online from outside of Canada while remaining eligible for the post-graduate work permit (PGWP). Studies completed outside of Canada until December 31, 2021 will count towards […]
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February 12, 2021

Further flexibilities to support international students

We are pleased to share that Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada has announced further flexibilities to support international students: New measures will allow up to 100% of a student’s program to be completed online from outside of Canada while remaining eligible for the post-graduate work permit. This announcement reflects the ongoing evolution of the pandemic. It […]
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