|   May 5, 2020

How COVID-19 is Affecting Applications to Study in Canada

The Prime Minister announced travel restrictions that will limit travel to Canada in order to manage the outbreak of the Coronavirus situation. Find out how these restrictions affect immigration and passport applications.

In the last 10 years, Canada has become one of the favourite destinations to immigrate as a student, worker, or an investor. However, because of COVID-19 immigration has been harder not only in this country but the whole world per se.

For those who are outside the United States, travel restrictions will have an impact on many people who can’t travel to Canada right now.

These restrictions won’t apply only to those international students who are outside the US and have already a valid study permit or were approved for a study permit on or before March 18th, 2020. It is important to know that if you’re travelling by air, you need to pass a health check conducted by an airline before you’ll be allowed to board your flight. Anyone who shows symptoms of COVID-19 will not be allowed to enter Canada by air.

Upon your arrival, the Government of Canada will assess your health before you leave the port of entry. You must have a plan to quarantine for 14 days when you arrive in Canada. This is mandatory, even if you have no symptoms. If you don’t have a plan, you should not travel to Canada.

If you want to apply for a study permit from outside Canada during the suspension, you must apply online.

On the other hand, if you happen to be in Canada and your study permit is expired. You can apply online if it’s been less than 90 days since your status expired. To restore your status, use the document checklist and guide for extending your stay as a student.

When you apply, make sure to:

  • Select Restore my status under section 3 at the top of the form.
  • Include a note explaining the reason you need to extend your stay.
  • Include the restoration fee.

If your temporary resident status is restored, you’ll get a visitor record or appropriate permit. Your record or permit will outline the conditions of your stay in Canada.

Your temporary resident status in Canada will be extended until a specified date.

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