Immigration information for international students
Questions with an asterisk (*) are new or recently updated.
Are there any special measures taken by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) in response to COVID-19?
Yes. Please visit the following website for up-to-date information: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/coronavirus-special-measures.html Updated 5:45 p.m., March 16
From March 23, all classes are moving to online until further notice. Will that impact my eligibility to obtain post-graduation work permit after completion of my program?
According to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) recent announcement on their official Twitter account, courses of study being delivered online on an exceptional basis due to COVID-19 will not affect Post-Graduation Work Permit Program eligibility for a post-graduation work permit. Updated 5:45 p.m., March 16.
How do I meet with Internationalization Office immigration advisors?
As a preventive measure, the Internationalization Office (I.O.) has suspended all drop-in hours for immigration. However, I.O. immigration advisors have opened more appointments. Immigration appointments will be available from Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. If you are unable to find appointment using Navigate then please email Arif Abu at firstname.lastname@example.org. Updated 5:45 p.m., March 16.
How do I attend an Internationalization Office immigration workshop?
All Internationalization Office immigration workshops have been suspended until further notice. Updated 5:45 p.m., March 16.
*I am a current international student and am outside Canada. Now that I can travel back, I am making plans to do so. Can my spouse/dependents join me even though they do not have study permits?
The Canadian government has not released information on this yet. Updated 9 a.m., March 23.
*I am a newly admitted international student and in the process of applying for a study permit. Will the new exemption apply to me, so I can travel to Canada?
No, at this time the exemption only applies to students who were already (prior to March 18, 2020) approved for a study permit. Updated 9 a.m, March 23.