Canada to reopen for foreign students from 20 October

Canada to reopen for foreign students from 20 October

Canada has announced that, from 20 October, foreign students at select institutions in the country may soon be allowed to enter the country as borders reopen.

20 OCT 2020 UPDATE: LIST PUBLISHED OF DLIs TO REOPEN FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

On 20 October 2020, the Government of Canada published a list of all the designated learning institutions (DLIs) in the country that have been given the approval to reopen for international students.

The list will continue to be updated as more institutions receive the ‘COVID-19 Readiness’ approval.

To access the list, visit: List of Canada institutions reopening to international students.

Canada’s immigration body, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), has announced that international students enrolled at certain institutions in the country will soon be granted the right to enter the country to start or resume their studies.

The entry-to-Canada rights will be the first main border reopening undertaken since the COVID-19 lockdown, and will be granted by IRCC to designated learning institutions (DLIs) who meet specific criteria.

During the pandemic, Canada has taken several steps to ensure it remains attractive to foreign students, prior to announcing its plans to reopen its borders.

In August, IRCC said Canada will grant PGWP post graduation work permit (PSW post study work visa) to international students starting between May and September 2020 who study 8 to 12 month programs fully online.

Institutions need to gain ‘COVID-19 readiness plan’ approval

In its announcement, IRCC said: “Learning institutions whose COVID-19 readiness plans have been approved by their provincial or territorial government will soon be able to welcome more international students back to their schools.

“Amended travel restrictions will take effect on October 20, allowing international students to enter Canada if their designated learning institution (DLI) has an approved COVID-19 readiness plan in place. With primary responsibility for education and health care, provincial and territorial governments assess COVID-19 readiness plans that schools are putting in place.

“As part of their plans, DLIs are expected to provide specifics to their provincial or territorial government on how they will provide information to international students on health and travel requirements before they arrive in Canada, help students with their quarantine plans and provide guidance or assistance in acquiring the necessities of life, such as food and medication, during their quarantine.

“Readiness plans also need to establish protocols for the health of students in the event there are suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases at the school.”

Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, tweeted: “Starting in late October, international students attending a designated learning institution that has been identified by their provincial or territorial government as having a COVID‑19 readiness plan will also be able to enter Canada.”

Foreign students will have to quarantine in Canada upon arrival from 20 October

IRCC said that this change to travel restrictions will apply to all foreign students, “regardless of where they are travelling from or when their study permit was approved.”

As part of this border-reopening measure, international students will also be able to bring dependant family members with them.

Additionally, it also noted that international students as well as their family members arriving in Canada will be subject to public health measures, including the mandatory 14-day quarantine period.

Pic: Denise Jans

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