Further to Canada’s big announcement last Friday, October 2, 2020, we are now seeing our students get letters confirming that announcement and informing them of the next steps. We explained that announcement in this blog instalment:

We include a sample of a standard letter students are getting at the end of this blog. All official announcements and correspondence from the Canadian government are available in French, as well as English, Canada’s two official languages.

For students with a study permit ready to make plans to come to Canada make sure you are in close contact with the institution that has admitted you to make sure you are eligible to come and that you have complete documentation to support you every step of the way: from getting a boarding pass to being approved for admission at the Canadian border on arrival. For CUAC students, connect with the office responsible for your application to make sure all arrangements have been made.

For students who have received a preliminary approval letter, you will still need to await final approval and the issuance of a study permit before you can make a plan to come to Canada.

As always email comments or questions to blog@cuac.ca

This is the example official confirmation letter sent to students now.

La version française suit le texte anglais.
 If you are a representative, please let your clients know about this important information. 

You are receiving this notification because you currently hold a study permit, or a letter of introduction that was issued on or before March 18, 2020. 

While the COVID-19 pandemic has presented a number of challenges world-wide, Canada’s approach is aimed at protecting the health of Canadians and its residents while minimizing the economic and social impact of the health and travel restrictions. Since March, the Government of Canada has restricted who may travel to Canada, including who may travel here for the purpose of beginning or continuing their studies, provided that certain criteria are met. 

The current travel restrictions will remain in effect until October 20, 2020.  

On October 2, the Government of Canada announced that changes will be made to travel restrictions affecting international students who wish to travel to Canada for the purpose of beginning or continuing their studies. 

Starting October 20, asymptomatic international students may travel to Canada, if meeting the following requirements:   
You must be in possession of a valid study permit or letter of introduction; and
You must be attending a designated learning institution (DLI) with a COVID-19 readiness plan approved by the province or territory.The list of DLIs that have COVID-19 readiness plans approved by the province or territory will be available on October 20 on the IRCC website and updated regularly. 

Until your DLI obtains an approved COVID-19 readiness plan, you will not be able to travel to Canada. You are strongly encouraged to check IRCC’s website to confirm that your DLI has an approved COVID-19 readiness plan before you travel. 

Before arriving in Canada, travellers must plan for their mandatory 14-day quarantine period which starts on the date they arrive. Government of Canada representatives will conduct health screenings at the time of entry to Canada. 

As travellers to Canada, international students will also be asked if they have a suitable place to quarantine on entry where they will:

have access to basic necessities, including water, food, medication and heat during the winter months

won’t have contact with people who:

are 65 years of age or older

have underlying medical conditions

have compromised immune systems

won’t be in a group or community living arrangement
Accompanying Family Members 

Accompanying family members must be entering Canada for
non-discretionary/non-operational purposes. Please read Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Who can travel to Canada – Citizens, permanent residents, foreign nationals and refugees for more information. A CBSA officer will assess whether your family’s purpose of travel in Canada is for non-discretionary purposes. 

As part of Canada’s efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19, all travellers are required to provide specific information upon entry into Canada. The recently launched ArriveCAN app enables you to submit contact information and details of your plan for quarantine as required under current emergency orders under the Quarantine Act up to 48 hours prior to your arrival. It reduces physical contact for a safer, faster border process. You can download ArriveCAN on your mobile device through the App Store or Google Play.  

Please note that if you’re already in Canada, you may continue studying at your DLI. If you choose to leave Canada, you will be able to return only if your DLI has a COVID-19 readiness plan approved by the province or territory. 

Thank you, 

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Dani Zaretsky

CUAC Global – Founder / Director