Canada | Immigration | Study in Canada: Guidelines for International Students

The government has published a guide for international students who are coming to Canada to study.

This document contains a consolidated set of guidelines to support the return of foreign students and describe the roles and obligations of Designated Learning Institutions, Provinces and Territories, and the Government of Canada.

This guide is aligned with the advice provided by the Public Health Agency of Canada

Things to remember before arriving in Canada 

Any foreign student or their accompanying family members with COVID-19 symptoms will not be allowed to board their flight. If symptoms occur upon arrival in Canada, a screening will be conducted by a Health Canada officer and the person will not be permitted to enter or transported for a medical examination to a hospital.

Not all institutes are allowed to welcome the students. The Designated Learning Institutes (DLI’s) which have the coronavirus readiness Plan are only allowed to welcome the students. The students are advised to check whether their institution has listed in the approved DLI’s list to welcome the students before coming to Canada.

A study permit or study permit approval is necessary for foreign students, but this is not a travel authorization. Once the travel authorization has been granted, IRCC can connect with students. This authorization can be canceled if the circumstances of their school, province, or territory have changed.

International students need to show the border services officer that they are entering Canada for non-discretionary purposes. In addition to this, they need to demonstrate that, they are studying at one of the accredited DLIs in order to be granted access to come to Canada. If they do not meet these criteria, foreign students will be denied entry.

Immediate family members may also be permitted to accompany foreign students. They can be student’s spouses, legal parents, dependent children, and guardians in case the student is a minor.

These family members must also demonstrate that they are traveling for a non-optional, non-discretionary purpose to assist the student in getting settled in Canada.

Plans for a quarantine

Upon arrival, foreign students and their accompanying family members must be quarantined for 14 days. During travel, including their place of quarantine, they need to wear a mask or face covering.

Students need to create a quarantine plan before coming to Canada. In deciding whether the student may enter the country or not, border officers may also consider this proposal.

Students should ensure that they have individual accommodation when in quarantine and that they check for symptoms themselves. They should avoid spaces that are public and shared. They need to arrange and have the access to basic needs such as food and Medicine.

In addition to physical distance, interaction with individuals at higher risk of serious illness, such as older adults and individuals with chronic medical conditions, should be avoided.

Areas with shared living places, such as hostels, are not acceptable for Quarantine/Isolation. International students staying with other individuals will need to separate themselves from other members of the accommodation or house, such as with a host family or homestay provider. This means If necessary, having a separate bedroom and washroom. It also involves physical distancing from other members of the family and disinfecting surfaces regularly.

Minors must undergo compulsory quarantine as well. Before they leave their home country, parents or guardians must make sure that adequate arrangements have been made for their child.

International students are also required to check their health-care coverage eligibility. If they are not covered, they can get private insurance that requires COVID-19 coverage prior to departure.

A fine of up to $750,000 and six months in prison can be imposed for violating the quarantine norms.  If anyone causes physical harm or the possibility of imminent death as a result of violating the quarantine, they will be penalized. The fines are up to $1 million and incarceration for up to three years.

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