Travelling to Canada
International students at the University of Saskatchewan are permitted to travel to Canada if they possess the required documentation.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced that Canadian universities (Designated Learning institutions or DLI) approved by their province or territory will be able to reopen to international students who are currently outside Canada.
USask has been approved by the Government of Saskatchewan. All final decisions regarding a student's entry to Canada are made by the Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA).
International students traveling to Canada are responsible for ensuring they meet the current travel exemptions , have the necessary documents for travel and entry to Canada and use ArriveCAN app to provide mandatory travel information on and after entering Canada.
When the border services officer greets you, they assess several factors including
- your reason for travelling to Canada
- your ability to complete a 14-day quarantine period as soon as you arrive at your final destination (if necessary)
- if you either (if necessary)
- have time to complete your quarantine before you physically attend classes, or
- can study online during your quarantine
You must possess the below listed and where applicable upload it to ArriveCAN 72 hours before your arrival to Canada
- Proof of a negative COVID-19 test result prior to boarding. Learn more here.
- Proof of double vaccination with Canadian government-approved vaccines
- Starting January 15, 2022
- a valid passport
- a valid Temporary Resident Visa (TRV), or Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)
- Americans do not require either a TRV or ETA
- a valid study permit or a port of entry letter of introduction that shows you were approved for a study permit
- Students studying in a program that is less than 6-months in duration should read below under "Studying in Canada for less than 6 months"
- a valid letter of acceptance from the University of Saskatchewan
- a confirmation of enrolment from PAWS demonstrating course registration for current and future semesters
- Please note that a Confirmation of Enrolment can only be generated once you have registered for courses in PAWS
- proof that you have enough money to support yourself and any family members who come with you to Canada
- quarantine plan (If necessary)
- Students must prepare their own quarantine plan. Any booking confirmations (accommodation, transportation, etc) can be used as supplementary evidence to your personally-prepared quarantine plan.
- students are recommended to have emergency contact information while traveling
Before you travel, you can contact the Border Information Service for more information.
A border services officer will make the final decision on whether you're eligible to enter Canada when you arrive.
All travellers, whether entering Canada by air or land, must use ArriveCAN. You’ll need to submit your information within 72 hours before your arrival to Canada.
Whether you're entering Canada by air, land or marine, follow the Government of Canada information on what to submit in the ArriveCAN here.
For more information on how to get the ArriveCAN app, go here.
For technical help, troubleshooting, common questions and how to enter information in the ArriveCAN, please see this extensive and detailed guide.
In addition, students should consider downloading the COVID Alert app which provides updates on all possible COVID-19 exposures in Canada.
Students traveling to Canada for the 2022 Winter Term (January 2022) should be mindful of the following when preparing for their travels to Canada.
Travellers not fully vaccinated with Canadian government-approved vaccines:
Starting January 15, 2022, only travelers who are fully vaccinated with Canadian-approved vaccines will be able to board international flights traveling to Canada. International students will not be exempt from this regulation. Learn more online from IRCC.
Students who are vaccinated with Canadian government-approved vaccines should be mindful of the following:
- The University of Saskatcheawn -- including the International Student and Study Abroad Centre (ISSAC) -- are closed from Friday, December 24 at 4:30 p.m. and will not reopen until Tuesday, January 4 at 8:30 a.m.
- This means there will be no supports available from USask during that time
- During the period between December 24 and January 2, there may be limited local services in Saskatoon due to businesses being closed for the holiday season
- Temperatures in Saskatoon during December/January can be as low as -40 degrees celsius.
- Students should be prepared with appropriate winter clothing, or have a plan to obtain some soon after arrival
- If you are in an emeregency situation in Saskatoon, please contact USask Protective Services at +1-306-966-5555 and ask to speak to someone at ISSAC.
If you’re fully vaccinated
If you qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller, you may now enter Canada for study for 6 months or less with a valid travel document (temporary resident visa (TRV) or electronic travel authorization [eTA]). However, there are advantages to getting a study permit for study for 6 months or less, including facilitating re-entry to Canada if you travel during your studies, working on or off campus during your studies, or applying for the Saskatchewan Health Card.
A border services officer will make the final decision about whether you qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller.
If you’re not fully vaccinated
If you don’t qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller, you must
- get a study permit and
- attend a DLI with a COVID-19 readiness plan approved by its province or territory
You won’t be able to travel to Canada if you don’t have a study permit and your DLI isn’t on the approved list.
If you required a medical exam as a part of your study permit application or went back to a designated country for 6 months or more, you will need to have valid medical exam records when attempting to return to Canada. Medical exam results may expire after a specificed period of time.
Students should contact their responsible visa office via Webform to find out how to proceed to have valid results.
Effective December 18, 2021, at 11:59 pm (EST), the travel ban has been lifted for Botswana, Egypt, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa and Zimbabwe.
All travelers from these countries would still be responsible for ensuring that they meet other vaccination and COVID-19 testing requirements in order to travel to and enter Canada.
- domestic or international flights departing from most airports in Canada, including charter and foreign airlines carrying commercial passengers
- Medevac flights are excluded, regardless of where they depart or land
- Private flights that don't require access to airports with a vaccination requirement are excluded
- VIA Rail and Rocky Mountaineer trains
If you’re a foreign national permitted entry into Canada without qualifying as fully vaccinated, you may take a connecting flight that is scheduled to depart within 24 hours of the departure time for your flight to Canada. Foreign nationals authorized entry into Canada can continue to their final destination using their valid pre-entry molecular test as long as the scheduled departure time of their domestic flight is within 24 hours of the departure time for their flight to Canada.To learn more, please visit the Government of Canada online.
All international students starting their studies in Canada should obtain permanent housing before travelling to Canada.
Please visit the Residence Services office's website for more detailed information about on-campus housing, and read the COVID-19 FAQ page about Residence's services during the pandemic. Please contact the Residence Services Office at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
USask has an extensive guide to off-campus housing as well.
Students living in Residence must meet the university’s definition of fully vaccinated. If you don’t meet this criteria yet or upon arrival in Canada, please look to obtain temporary housing for your initial weeks in Saskatoon.
Options for temporary housing near the USask campus can be found online under “temporary accommodation.”
Submit arrival information & taxi request
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all incoming international students planning to travel to Canada must confirm your exact travel date, your flight details as well as your intended location for quarantine (including the specific address) with the University of Saskatchewan. This information is required so that USask can provide necessary support to students upon arrival and during quarantine.
New and returning students may be eligbile for free taxi transportation from the Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker Airport. Please read and submit your information below.
- new international degree-seeking students,
- new international students registered in the English as a Second Language (ESL) program,
- new international students on an exchange program
- returning international students who are required to quarantine.
The free taxi transportation is from the Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker International Airport (Saskatoon Airport) to a location in Saskatoon
A USask NSID is required to acces the form.
All students who submit information through this form will receive a separate confirmation email within 1-2 business days. There will NOT be an auto-response email upon submission.
All taxi requests will be processed within 3-4 business days. Questions regarding your taxi request should be sent to email@example.com.
All questions regarding Canadian travel and quarantine regulations should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fully-vaccinated traveller quarantine and testing exemptions
In response to the Omicron variant, there are new requirements for all fully-vaccinated travellers who are permitted entry and have been in any country other than Canada or the United States in the 14 days before arriving in Canada.
Please read below.
Fully-vaccinated travellers who are selected for arrival testing must quarantine in a suitable place until they receive a negative test result. The Government of Canada is increasing the number of fully-vaccinated travellers being selected for testing to reach 100% of vaccinated travellers in the coming weeks.
Travelers can take a connecting flight and quarantine at their final destination. They are not restricted to quarantine in the Canadian airport they initially land.Requirements for unvaccinated travellers remain unchanged.
- have received at least 2 doses of a Government of Canada-accepted COVID-19 vaccine or a mix of 2 accepted vaccines
- or at least 1 dose of the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine
- have received your second dose at least 14 full days prior to the day you enter Canada
- Example: if your second dose was anytime on Thursday July 1, then Friday July 16 would be the first day that you meet the 14 day condition
- upload your proof of vaccination in ArriveCAN
- have no signs or symptoms of COVID-19
- meet all other entry requirements (for example, pre-entry test result)
Accepted COVID-19 vaccines in Canada
- Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty, tozinameran, BNT162b2)
- Moderna (Spikevax, mRNA-1273)
- AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD (ChAdOx1-S, Vaxzevria, AZD1222)
- Janssen/Johnson & Johnson (Ad26.COV2.S)
- Bharat Biotech (Covaxin, BBV152 A, B, C)
- Sinopharm (Beijing) BBIBP-CorV (Vero Cells)
- Sinovac (CoronaVac, PiCoVacc) Starting
In the ArriveCAN app, you must provide:
- the details of your first dose (date, country and vaccine you received)
- the details of your second dose if one was required (i.e., for Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca vaccines)
- a photo(s) or PDF file(s) of the record of your vaccination(s), such as receipts or confirmations from the vaccinating organization. These must be in English, French, or a certified translation into English or French.
If your proof of vaccination doesn't meet all of the requirements it will be considered invalid and you will be required to (read more below):
- complete a quarantine period of at least 14 days
- complete a second test on day 8 of your quarantine
Note: Students can book a tentative quarantine through the Park Town Hotel (see under "Quarantine Plans and Locations") and receive a full refund if they are granted the quarantine exemption.
Final determination of your vaccination status will be made at the border. You must bring a digital or paper copy of your proof(s) of vaccination with you.
If your proof of vaccination is not in English or French, you need a certified translation in English or French.
Your certified translation must include the stamp or membership number of a professional translation association. Translation of documents
Keep both the original proof of vaccination and the certified translation with you while you travel.
If your proof of vaccination doesn't meet all of the requirements, it will be considered invalid. You will not qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller.
If ArriveCAN didn’t ask you to upload proof of vaccination, and/or asked if you pre-booked a government-authorized hotel, there are 3 possible reasons
- the vaccine you received is not an accepted vaccine
- the date of your last dose was less than 14 days prior to your date of entry to Canada
- you're trying to upload proof of vaccination before the vaccination feature has been added to ArriveCAN
- Start over after the feature has been added on July 5th, 2021. Your previous submission will be cleared automatically.
- If you are using the ArriveCAN mobile app, update the app before using it.
If at least one traveller in the submission is not fully vaccinated, you will be asked if you have booked a government-authorized hotel and you will continue to receive notifications from ArriveCAN.
Fully vaccinated travellers must follow the entry requirements even if they are seeking the fully-vaccinated exemption:
Pre-entry and arrival
Please review all Government of Canada information regarding testing before travel. Please note that in response to the Omicron Variant, all fully-vaccinated travelers must quarantine until their arrival test comes back negative. Travelers are permitted to complete their quarntine at their final destination.
You must have a suitable quarantine plan in place where you can stay for at least 14 days. This is required even if you are fully vaccinated .
Note: Students can book a tentative quarantine through the Park Town Hotel (see under "Quarantine Plans and Locations) and receive a full refund if they receive the quarantine exemption.
Final determination is made by a government representative at the border based on the information presented at the time of entry into Canada. You must therefore be prepared to quarantine for 14 days, in case you:
- are symptomatic
- don’t meet the requirements
If you don’t meet the requirements, you'll be asked to follow the instructions provided by the government representative.
If you meet all the requirements, you won't need to quarantine.
Unvaccinated children under the age of 12 who are accompanied by travellers who qualify for the fully vaccinated traveller exemption:
- must follow all testing requirements for pre-entry, arrival and Day-8 tests (unless under the age of 5)
- are exempt from quarantine as long as they follow the public health requirements outlined in the handout provided at the border
This applies to unvaccinated children under 12 years of age, who are accompanying a parent, step-parent, guardian or tutor who qualified as a fully vaccinated traveller when they entered Canada.
ArriveCAN: include unvaccinated children under the age of 12 as travellers in your submission. Once you fill out the form and successfully upload your proof of vaccination for family members over the age of 12, you will receive an ArriveCAN receipt for the border.
Learn more online from the Canadian government.
Non-vaccinated or partially-vaccinated travellers mandatory quarantine and testing requirements
Travellers who do not meet eligiblity for fully-vaccinated exemptions -- as read above -- will be required to complete all quarantine and testing requirements.
Upon arriving in Canada, travelers may be required to quarantine as dictated by the Quarantine Act. Failure to comply may result in fines, penalties or refusal of entry to Canada.
Federal quarantine applies for travelers entering Canada – including international students. If you can enter Canada and you have no symptoms, you must quarantine for a minimum of 14 days.
Any symptomatic foreign nationals will be denied entry to Canada.
Your 14-day quarantine will include
- The remainder would be spent in a location outlined in your quarantine plan
- Local authorities – such as provincial government and the University of Saskatchewan Residence – may mandate that you quarantine beyond your 14-day period
Students must report within 24 hours results of a positive COVID-19 molecular test or any type of COVID-19 test they take within the 14-day quarantine period to a screening officer or quarantine officer by means specified by the Minister of Health, such as electronic submission
Quarantine plans and locations
It is the responsibility of each traveler to draft their own 14-day quarantine plan prior to their travel to Canada. The plan must be uploaded through the ArriveCAN app. We encourage students to keep a paper or digital copy available as well.
Failure to develop your own quarantine plan will result in completion of your quarantine in a government facility.
Each quarantine plan must demonstrate you can quarantine for 14 days when you arrive in Canada. Information to include:
- a place to stay
- detailed information regarding how you will:
- get to your destination
- get your groceries/food while in quarantine
- access essential services and medical care
The penalties for not following your quarantine plan once you're in the country can include
- a fine of up to $750,000
- 6 months of jail time
- being found inadmissible, removed from Canada and banned from entering for 1 year
If the student develops symptoms during their flight to Canada, they must tell a CBSA officer when they arrive in Canada. If they fail to do so they may face consequences under the Quarantine Act and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.
If they do not have symptoms but believe they were exposed to someone who was sick with COVID-19, under the Quarantine Act, they must report this to a CBSA officer when they get to Canada. The CBSA officer will give them instructions to follow.
Please read below to learn about USask supported quarantine options. International students are strongly advised to arrange their quarantine through the university.
Self-funded quarantine options are available through the University of Saskatchewan for international students arriving to Canada.
Please note that the below options are self-funded and all applications and arrangements must be made before students begin their travel to Canada/Saskatoon.
*Note: All students must prepare their own quarantine plan, even if you conduct your quarantine through USask option. Any booking confirmations received could be used as a supplementary evidence to your personally-prepared quarantine plan.
1) Park Town Hotel
Location: 924 Spadina Cres E, S7K 3H5
The Park Town Hotel is a full-service hotel located in downtown Saskatoon along the banks of the South Saskatchewan River. The hotel is about 1.9 miles (15 to 20-minute walk) from the University of Saskatchewan.
For information on room rates, available amenities, etc., please see the attached Park Town information sheet.
Please note that all payments can be made either at time of reservation (booking) or upon arrival at the Park Town hotel. Acceptable payment methods are credit card and cash.
All questions can be directed to email@example.com.
To request for off-campus quarantine, email firstname.lastname@example.org. When making your reservation, indicate that you are a University of Saskatchewan student.
2) Saskatoon Inn and Conference Centre
Location: 2002 Airport Dr, S7L 6M4
The Saskatoon Inn and Conference Centre is located near the Saskatoon Airport. A 1 King or 2 Queen room is available to book. To learn about the rates and other information, please view their information sheet.
3) Staybridge Suites
Location: 1838 College Dr, S1N 2Z8
Our Staybridge Suites Saskatoon University has designated rooms for international students that have been directed to self isolate after arriving to Saskatoon. Staybridge Suites Saskatoon – University
King Studio Suite.
International Students can book online using the preferred booking link. For online bookings students must have a credit card to confirm the reservation. If students do not have a credit card, the student will have to contact our Hotel Sales Department and ask for Anahi Soria at: email@example.com or Phone: 306.954.1250 ext.2004 to secure the room.
Please use the information sheet to learn more about the booking procedure.
We encourage all students to consider using USask quarantine arrangements listed above. If you choose to arrange for your own quarantine, please keep in mind that incoming travelers will be asked to show proof of their quarantine plan at the port of entry. Students who make their own arrangements for where to quarantine are advised to inform ISSAC at firstname.lastname@example.org or +1-306-966-4573 so that ISSAC can offer them the necessary supports.
Students arranging an independently organized quarantine are responsible for ensuring that their quarantine plan satisfies the Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA) upon entry to Canada. Failure to comply could result in denial of entry to Canada. Please review the "Mandatory quarantine requirements upon arrival" tab above this section.
Regardless of where you choose to quarantine, the International Student and Study Abroad Centre (ISSAC) cannot confirm, review or edit your quarantine plan. If you have questions about your quarantine plan, you can contact CBSA directly.
If you have any concerns about your health or possible exposure to COVID-19 call the Healthline at 811.
If you are sick, it is imperative that you stay home and do not spread your illness. Even if it is not COVID-19, please stay home and monitor your symptoms. It is mandatory that you should be symptom-free for 48 hours prior to returning to campus/work.
If you meet the criteria for testing:
- Call Healthline at 811
- Email the Student Wellness Centre at email@example.com
- If you live in residence, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Living through the COVID-19 pandemic can cause us stress and anxiety.
Coping with loneliness that self-isolation can cause or fear about the health of loved ones can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. It's OK to reach out and ask for help in these trying times. Here are some mental health resources to help during this difficult time.
If you are a University of Saskatchewan student in crisis or distress, or if you just need to talk with someone, please call 306-966-5757 or email email@example.com and we will connect you with a member of the Student Affairs and Outreach team.
Expect calls, emails and visits from the Government of Canada
The Government of Canada uses the information you provided in ArriveCAN to verify that you:
- arrived at your place of quarantine
- are providing daily symptom reports
You will receive live or automated calls. You must answer calls from 1-888-336-7735 and answer all questions truthfully to demonstrate your compliance with the law.
You will receive email reminders of your quarantine requirements.
Visits from screening officers
You may also receive in-person visits from a screening officer at your place of quarantine.
Designated screening officers are contracted and trained to conduct on-site visits on behalf of the Government of Canada.
To protect your health and safety, screening officers wear personal protective equipment and will practice physical distancing.
Screening officers will:
- ask to speak to you by name
- show their company identification
- show their authorization from the Public Health Agency of Canada, which may be signed by hand or electronically
- ask you for Government-issued identification, such as passport or driver’s license, to confirm your identity
- ask questions to verify you are following the quarantine requirements
Screening officers will not:
- ask to enter your home
- copy or retain your identification
- issue fines
- request or accept payment of any kind, including cash, for outstanding fines
Family traveling to Canada
Although the border is closed to most foreign nationals, immediate family members of temporary residents and immediate family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents may be able to reunite with their immediate family member in Canada.
As is always the case, any foreign national coming to Canada must have the necessary entry documents: temporary resident visa (TRV) or electronic travel authorization (eTA). Only citizens of the United States do not require a TRV or eTa. Learn more on our International Student Guide.
Please note your family members, just like any travelers to Canada are also subject to mandatory COVID-19 testing and quarantine requirements.
If you are planning to bring family members with you to Canada, please contact ISSAC for further guidance.
Health coverage in Saskatchewan and Covid-19 vaccination information
All students should have adequate health coverage for their time in Canada. In-Canada students may be eligible to apply for the Saskatchewan Health Card to access the Saskatchewan public health care system. Learn more here.
Any questions regarding health coverage can be directed to ISSAC at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Government of Saskatchewan has recently issued information about the Covid-19 vaccination eligibility for international students. Please review the attached document and visit www.saskatchewan.ca for further details.
Vaccinations available at USask Student Wellness
University of Saskatchewan students can book an appointment to receive the COVID-19 vaccine (first or second dose) at the Student Wellness Centre. Due to high demand, book your appointment well in advance by phoning +1-306-966-5768 or emailing email@example.com. Vaccines at this location are only available to those 18 years old and older. The second dose of the vaccine should be administered at least 28 days after receiving the first dose.
If you arrive in Saskatoon from outside of the country, you must complete your 14-day quarantine before coming to campus to receive the vaccine. You do not need a Saskatchewan Health Card to be vaccinated and there is no cost associated with receiving a vaccine.
International students are permitted to temporarily extend their Saskatchewan Health if they are awaiting a response to their study permit extension application. Student must have applied for their study permit extension before the current study permit expired (impied status).
To maintain Saskatchewan Health Card Coverage after you have applied for a study permit extension but your current document has expired (implied status), students will need to complete the following steps:
- International students can update or replace Saskatchewan Health Card online by going to: https://www.ehealthsask.ca/residents/health-cards/Pages/Update-or-Replace-a-Health-Card.aspx and clicking on “Update your Health Card registration information online”. Students will have to make an account before beginning the process or log in to their existing account.
- The following documents will be required when completing the online form to update or replace a health card:
- Complete the “Notification of an Updated Immigration Document”,
- Complete study permit extension application and provide proof of submission, and
- Provide proof of payment for study permit extension application
Students whose study permit expired before they applied for a study permit extension do not enter implied status and are thus not eligible for a Saskatchewan Health Card until their study permit extension application is approved.
Studying remotely in Term 2 (January to April, 2022)
Please note that in Winter Term (January to April, 2022) a majority of USask course offerings will be in person. However, sudents can study remotely if their course allows it. Please be sure to check your course program delivery method on PAWS or consult with an advisor in your academic unit.
- Be mindful that a majority of USask course offerings will be in person (on campus) for Winter Term (January to April 2022). Please be sure to check your course program delivery method on PAWS or consult with an advisor in your academic unit.
- You can begin your program remotely from your home country even if your study permit has not been processed or approved yet. However, a study permit is required to conduct any in-person program requirements in Canada.
- It is each student's responsibility to ensure they meet the requirements set by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) when they apply for a study permit. All decisions regarding study permit eligibility and application requirements are made by IRCC and USask cannot influence the decision-making process of IRCC.
- If your study permit is rejected and you no longer want to take USask classes, drop/withdraw your classes through the Registration channel in PAWS. To be refunded some or all of your tuition, you must drop/withdraw your classes before the registration/withdrawal deadlines.
- If you would like to wait until your study permit application has been approved before you begin your studies, please contact us to let us know about your plans and to inquire about deferring your admission to a later term:
Changing your DLI if you’re outside Canada
If you change your DLI before coming to Canada and you don’t let IRCC know, you won’t be allowed to board your flight.
If your application is still in progress
You can tell IRCC you changed your DLI by submitting a new letter of acceptance using the IRCC web form.
If your application has been approved
If your application for a study permit has been approved and you change your DLI, you must submit a new study permit application with a new letter of acceptance.
You must also pay all the fees for the new application.
For more information, please see here.
You must apply for your study permit online by using a Letter of Acceptance from USask. IRCC won’t process applications that are submitted without this document.
If you need to submit other documents for an application in progress
Because many applicants can now provide the supporting documents needed for IRCC to process applications, IRCC no longer automatically gives more time to submit information.
- IRCC will contact you to request the supporting documents.
- This will happen in the next few months.
- You’ll have 30 days from the date IRCC contacts you to submit the information.
- Start collecting your documents.
- Do this before IRCC contacts you. It can take time to get certain documents.
- Check the last email IRCC sent you to confirm what you need to submit.
- Don’t travel to another city or country to get the supporting documents.
- IRCC will consider extending your deadline if you have a reasonable explanation that shows you’re affected by COVID-19.
Post-graduate work permit eligibility
Whether you're studying in Canada or remotely from back home, all international students should be aware how COVID-19 may be impacting their post-graduate work permit eligibility.
Distance learning from outside of Canada
You can complete up to 100% of your studies online from outside Canada between spring 2020 and August 31, 2022, because of a temporary COVID-19 policy. This policy is in place until August 31, 2022.
You’re eligible for this temporary policy if you meet all of the following criteria:
- You’re enrolled in a PGWP-eligible program.
- You were outside Canada and unable to travel to Canada because of the COVID-19 pandemic but were still able to take online courses.
- You began a program in any semester from spring 2020 to summer 2022, or your program was already in progress in March 2020.
- You have a study permit or approval for a study permit, or you have applied for a study permit for which you are eventually approved prior to starting your program.
- You meet all other PGWP eligibility criteria.
If you’re inside Canada
If your courses were moved online due to the pandemic, the time you spend studying online from within Canada still counts toward the length of your PGWP. However, it’s highly recommended that you attend in-class options when offered.
There is no specific end date to the temporary policy changes for in-Canada students.
Students in or outside of Canada may have been required to put their studies on hold or become part-time students due to course cancellations as a result of public health measures at DLIs. For the winter, spring and summer 2020 semesters only, when a student’s status changed from full time to part time due to changes in course delivery at a DLI, their eligibility for a post-graduation work permit will not be impacted.
Graduates in Canada
Students graduating in Canada or who apply at the port of entry are still required to apply for the PGWP within 180 days of holding a valid study permit, and within 180 days of receiving written notification of program completion from their DLI.
Graduates outside of Canada
Students who graduate from outside of Canada and meet the eligibility requirements of the temporary PGWP policy changes described above do not need to hold or have held a valid study permit within 180 days of applying for the PGWP. In order to be eligible to apply, these graduates must either have a study permit or have received a study permit approval, and they must still apply within 180 days of receiving written notification of program completion from their DLI.
Due to school closures, many international students may be unable to obtain a letter of completion or final transcript from their DLI. As a temporary facilitation measure, applicants who apply for a PGWP will be allowed to submit an application without their letter of completion or final transcript. When IRCC processes the application, the documents will be requested by the processing officer as per the procedures for Requests for additional documents on open applications.
Applicants who need to restore their status will also be eligible to apply without their letter of completion or final transcript.
Eligible students who graduate from more than one eligible program of study may be able to both
- complete 100% of both programs from outside of Canada (if both programs were either in progress in March 2020 or began between spring 2020 and fall 2021)
- combine the length of their programs of study when they apply for a post-graduation work permit in the future
Each program needs to be a minimum of 8 months in duration, and the programs need to be completed from an eligible designated learning institution (DLI) within 2 years as per current instructions on determining the length of the post-graduation work permit.
Co-op work permits
Co-op work placements during COVID-19
Students who are outside of Canada can work while their study permit and co-op work permit are being processed. If their school and employer agree, they can either
- accept a Canadian work placement and begin working remotely from their home country
- work for a company in their home country
Note: There are issues with the IRCC application portal that make it impossible to create a co-op work permit application from outside of Canada if you already have a study permit. There is currently no work around for this glitch. Please contact ISSAC for further assistance at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students who are already in Canada, and have applied for a co-op work permit, may begin their co-op placement using their on-campus and off-campus work authorization, provided they meet all the eligibility requirements.
Students may work full-time on the campus of the university or college at which they are a full-time student per [R186(f)]. For off-campus work authorization per [R186(v)], students can work a total of 20 hours per week during an academic term/semester, including both the hours for co-op and the hours for their regular paid job (if they have one). They can work full-time during scheduled breaks in the school year.
Extending your stay in Canada
If you want to stay in Canada longer you must apply to legally extend your status in Canada before the expiry date. You must apply online to extend your stay in Canada.
If you're a student, you have 3 options:
- you may be able to extend your study permit, if you want to continue studying
- you may be eligible to apply for a post-graduation work permit (PGWP), if you completed your study program
- you can apply to change your status to visitor, if you're not studying or applying for a PGWP
You must submit an application for 1 of these options before your study permit expires, or you may need to leave Canada.
If it's been more than 90 days since your status expired you have until August 31, 2021, to apply to restore your status if
- you had valid status on or after January 30, 2020, and your status expired on or before May 31, 2021
- you're still in Canada
This applies even if it’s been more than 90 days since your status expired.
To learn more please visit the IRCC page on Restoration of Status.
You can apply online for a study permit if you're already in Canada as a visitor.
When you apply, you must follow the instructions for applying from outside of Canada. IRCC will process your application in the same amount of time as though you'd applied from your home country, outside of Canada.
If IRCC approves your application and sends you a port of entry letter of introduction, you need to contact IRCC to have your study permit sent to you in Canada.
You can't start studying until you receive your study permit.
International Student and Study Abroad Centre
International student guide
Find everything you need to know about life as an international student at the University of Saskatchewan including immigration matters and information on working and living in Canada.