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December 2, 2021

Adjustments to Canada’s border and travel measures

Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) has been advocating for a number of measures to facilitate the entry of international students to and within Canada. We’re pleased to share the following adjustments to Canada’s border and travel measures: Effective November 30th, 2021, Canada will expand the list of COVID-19 vaccines that travellers can receive to be […]
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December 2, 2021

Online Studies from outside of Canada and Post-Graduate Work Permit Eligibility

Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) has been advocating for a number of measures to facilitate the entry of international students to and within Canada. We’re pleased to share that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada will allow time spent studying online from outside of Canada to count towards Post-Graduate Work Permit eligibility until August 31st, 2022.
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November 17, 2021

Entry of Students in Advance of Study

We’ve received written confirmation from officials at the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) that, effective November 3rd, 2021, international students may be able to enter Canada more than 4 weeks prior to the start of their program provided they meet all other entry requirements and the time between their arrival and the start of their […]
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October 28, 2021

Update: The latest on international students

Postgraduate Work Permit Eligibility and Online Study from Within Canada Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) is pleased to share that, according to officials at Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) international students in Canada who engage in distance learning will remain eligible for the Post-Graduate Work Permit if courses were moved online due to the […]
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October 20, 2021

On mandatory vaccination for domestic travel by train or plane

Effective October 30, all travellers must be fully vaccinated in order to board a domestic flight, or travel by train. A transition period will extend to November 30 where a valid COVID-19 molecular test within 72 hours of travel will be accepted in lieu of full vaccination records. We understand the implications for international students […]
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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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