New rule opens way for foreign students to study in Canada

Canada allows foreign students can join DLIs with COVID plan

International students wanting to study in Canada has good news. Canadian schools that have a readiness plan can now start to take in new study permit holders as of October 20, 2020.

Before October 20, 2020, only international students who had a valid Canada study visa as of March 18, 2020, could travel to Canada to join their schools. This means that irrespective of the date the study permit was received by the student, DLIs can accept international students. DLIs include universities, colleges, and other government-approved educational institutions.

Requirements for international students

  • The student must have a letter of introduction or valid study permit Canada issues. It must show that the student is approved for a Canada study visa.
  • The student must be attending a DLI that has a COVID-19 readiness plan that’s approved by its territory or province.
International students can travel categorized as essential travel. When international students arrive in Canada, their trip to Canada will be considered as essential travel and hence allowed.

A student’s travel to Canada won’t be treated as essential if:

  • The student’s study program has been suspended or canceled
  • The student is entering Canada for any reason other than studies

The eligible students entering Canada will have to undergo 14 days of mandatory quarantine upon arrival.

Students will join DLIs with a COVID-19 readiness plan. Only DLIs with a COVID-19 readiness plan can welcome new international students. The plan must be approved by their territory or province.

A COVID-19 readiness plan should describe how the institution will manage the compulsory quarantine period for students. This will include details of the arrangements for transportation to the quarantine location assigned for the student.

The DLIs will also have to give information and provide support to the students about how they can access the items they need. This includes medicine, food, and health insurance.

Complete support for international students. International students always have the option of approaching their schools directly in case they have any queries on their readiness plans.

IRCC has allowed only students attending approved DLIs to travel to Canada. In time, more institutions will be added to the list of approved DLIs. In every update of the approved DLI list, Canada will remove those DLIs that no longer adhere to the public health requirements from the respective territory and province.

Check the government list for approved DLIs. As of today:

·        All post-secondary DLIs in Quebec

·        39 post-secondary DLIs in BC and Alberta

·        10 Manitoba schools

·        13 schools in New Brunswick

·        3 schools in Newfoundland and Labrador

·        14 schools in Ontario

·        5 schools in PEI

·        7 schools in Saskatchewan

·        1 school in Yukon

Post-secondary schools not approved to reopen to international students include Nunavut, Nova Scotia, and northwest territories.

If you are looking to Study, Work, Visit, Invest or Migrate to Canada, talk to Y-Axis, the World’s No.1 Immigration & Visa Company.

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