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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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February 4, 2021

New testing and quarantine requirements for travellers to Canada

Based on recent conversations with officials from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), we understand that the Government of Canada intends to include international students as travellers who would be subject to these recently announced testing and quarantine requirements. At this point, we understand that International students […]
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January 26, 2021

Important updates related to international students

International education remains a major focus of CICan advocacy efforts. Recognizing ongoing challenges related to travel, and that flexible program delivery, including virtual components, will feature prominently throughout 2021, we continue to advocate for the extension of provisions that allow for time spent studying online to count towards a Post-Graduate Work Permit (PGWP) to the end […]
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January 18, 2021

COVID-19: the latest updates for post-secondary institutions and international students

For institutions welcoming international students, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) continues to update its list of designated learning institutions (DLIs) with approved COVID-19 readiness plans. The list was most recently updated on January 12. Note that as of January 7, all travellers flying to Canada are required to present a negative COVID-19 test result to the airline prior to […]
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November 19, 2020

Important updates for post-secondary institutions welcoming international students

Take note of these important updates from Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) concerning the safe arrival of international students in Canada: IRCC continues to update its list of designated learning institutions(DLI) with approved COVID-19 readiness plans. The list was most recently updated on November 17. The next update is scheduled for December 1, 2020. IRCC has also […]
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November 18, 2020

UPDATE: IRCC lists DLIs with approved COVID-19 readiness plans

For institutions welcoming international students, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) continues to update its list of designated learning institutions (DLI) with approved COVID-19 readiness plans. IRCC previously announced that, effective Oct 20, only international students attending a designated learning institution (DLI) that has been identified by their provincial or territorial government as having a COVID-19 readiness plan will be able […]
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