Due to new travel restrictions by the Canadian Government that came into effect on Feb 21, 11:59 PM, ET, we encourage international students to consider postponing their travel for a later time if possible. If you must travel to Canada, please be mindful of the following:

  • Mandatory 3-night hotel stay: As of - Feb 21, 11:59 PM, ET, all incoming air travelers must complete a mandatory 3-night hotel stay at a government-approved hotel. International students are not exempt from these policies. Visit IRCC/Government of Canada website for more information, or read more below. It is crucial that you familiarize yourself with the Flying to Canada Checklist or Driving to Canada Checklist, whichever is applicable and all Requirements for travellers.
  • Post-graduate work permit eligibility: IRCC has also announced new regulations for students studying outside of Canada and their post-graduate work permit (PGWP) eligibility. Studies taken outside of Canada may count towards PGWP eligibility until December 31, 2021. Read more below for more information.

All students planning to travel to Canada must email international.students@usask.ca and confirm your exact travel date, your flight details as well as your intended location for quarantine (including the specific address). This information is required so that USask can provide necessary support to students upon arrival and during quarantine.

Travelling to Canada

As of October 20, 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) with a COVID-19 readiness plan approved by their province or territory will be able to reopen to international students who are currently outside Canada.

USask's readiness plan 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).

To be able to enter Canada as a student, you must meet 2 requirements:

Your travel to Canada will be considered essential (non-discretionary) if you have all of the required documents and your DLI is on the approved list. Again, USask is an approved DLI.

As a student, your travel to Canada won't be considered essential (non-discretionary) if

  • your study program has been cancelled or suspended
  • you're entering Canada for any reason other than to study

Despite the removal of travel restrictions, students traveling to Canada are responsible for ensuring they have the necessary documents for travel and entry to 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 you either
    • have time to complete your quarantine before you physically attend classes, or
    • can study online during your quarantine

You must bring

  • A negative COVID-19 test result prior to boarding. Learn more here.
    • Must be uploaded to the ArriveCAN app prior to travel
  • a valid passport
  • a valid Temporary Resident Visa (TRV), or Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)
  • a valid study permit or a port of entry letter of introduction that shows you were approved for a study permit
  • a valid letter of acceptance from a DLI with a COVID-19 readiness plan approved by its province or territory
  • a confirmation of enrolment from PAWS demonstrating course registration for current and future semesters
  • proof that you have enough money to support yourself and any family members who come with you to Canada
  • students are recommended to have emergency contact information while traveling
  • reserve your 3 night hotel stay (e.g. any booking information)
  • quarantine plan 
    • 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.

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.

Students should consider postponing their travel until they are required to be in Canada for academic purposes.

Travellers should be aware of the following information when planning travel to Canada:

  • A majority of academic programs at the University of Saskatchewan will be delivered remotely for the 2021 Winter Term (January to April) and 2021 Sring/Summer Terms (May/June and July/August). Students should speak with their academic unit to learn if their program will be offered on-campus, or remotely.
  • Currently, a majority of university services – including all services provided by the International Student and Study Abroad Centre (ISSAC), etc. – are only available remotely.
  • Limited in-person supports at USask, the City of Saskatoon, and places of worship will be available for your settlement to Canada due to service changes related to COVID-19.
  • Canadian winter weather from November to April has temperatures below zero degrees Celsius, and as low as -40 degrees Celsius. Please keep this in mind when making plans for the winter term, particularly since public transit and other services could be limited due to COVID-19.
  • Public health guidelines in Saskatchewan related to COVID-19 may limit your ability to socialize and make new friends. Current guidelines restrict the sizes of social gatherings.
  • All international travelers will be assessed for COVID-19 symptoms at the port of entry when they first arrive in Canada. Symptomatic travelers may be denied entry, which is at the discretion of the Canada Border Services Agency.
  • Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there may be limited employment opportunities available to international students.
  • It is important that international students purchase a travel insurance that covers them for medical care while en route and until they can apply for a Saskatchewan Health Card.
  • It is important that international students familiarize themselves with current Government of Canada guidelines for international travelers. Travellers are asked to wear a mask until they reach their quarantine location and to bring their own hand sanitizer.

Before and during their travel to Canada, students should

  • avoid spending time in large crowds or crowded areas
  • avoid contact with sick people, especially if those persons have a fever, cough or difficulty breathing
  • be aware of the local situation and follow local public health advice
  • be sure to monitor their health and if they become sick before or during their trip, avoid contact with others except to see a health-care professional

International students should not apply for a study permit at a Canadian port of entry at this time. You must apply online for a study permit before you travel to Canada.

Only certain people can apply at the port of entry at this time. You may be able to apply at the port of entry if you're a

  • U.S. citizen
  • lawful permanent resident of the U.S.
  • resident of Greenland
  • resident of Saint-Pierre and Miquelon

If you meet one of these requirements, you must have all the documents required to apply for a study permit with you when you arrive at the border. The border services officer who greets you will determine if you're eligible to enter Canada as a student.

If you're already in Canada and you try to apply at the port of entry, you may need to quarantine for 14 days if the border services officer approves you to re-enter Canada.

Again, we highly discourage any students to apply at the port of entry and advise to apply online instead at www.cic.gc.ca.

Mandatory quarantine and COVID-19 testing requirements

Upon arriving in Canada, all travelers are required to follow all mandatory quarantine requirements 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:

  • A mandatory 3-night stay in a government authorized hotel
  • 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

Quarantine requirements differ whether you enter via an airport (fly to Canada) or land border (drive to Canada):

  • Travelers entering via airport: this includes a mandatory 3 night pre-paid booking at a government-authorized hotel at your own cost.
  • Travelers entering by land border: may proceed directly to your suitable place of quarantine for 14-days.

You are not excluded from quarantine, even if you have:

  • tested negative for COVID-19
  • been vaccinated for COVID-19
  • recovered from COVID-19

All travelers are required to complete at least three (3) total COVID-19 tests when traveling to Canada:

  1. COVID-19 test taken 72 hours before the scheduled departure of Canada-bound flight
    • The government of Canada requires specific COVID-19 tests. Learn more here.
  2. COVID-19 test at the Canadian airport upon arrival
    • You will not be able to leave your mandatory hotel unless this test is negative.
  3. COVID-19 test taken 10-days into your 14-day quarantine
    • This is a self-administered test. You will be provided a COVID-19 at Home Specimen Collection Kit before leaving the airport. Please note your 14-day quarantine begins on the day you arrive in Canada and includes your 3-night mandatory hotel stay.

To learn more about mandatory COVID-19 testing, please visit the Government of Canada website.

For more information, please visit the Government of Canada website on Mandatory quarnatine or isolation.

Prepare for your quarantine before departing to Canada. You should be prepared to do all of the following before departing to Canada:

  • Develop a plan for your 14-day quarantine
    • This includes both the mandatory 3-night hotel stay and your personal quarantine afterward
      • Detailed information on what makes an appropriate quarantine can be found online through the Government of Canada
    • The Government of Canada has detailed information on how to successfully quarantine
  • Take a pre-entry COVID-19 test within 72 hours of boarding your flight
  • Reserve your 3-night hotel stop over (starting February 18)
    • Travelers must book at a government-authorized hotel via telephone
    • Contact information and a list of authorized hotels can be found online
  • Use the ArriveCAN app to submit your travel and quarantine plans

Arriving in Canada by air: 3-night hotel stay and testing

  • You will take an additional COVID-19 test upon arrival at the airport
  • You will transition to your 3-night quarantine at a government-mandated hotel
  • You must stay at your hotel and await the result of your arrival COVID-19 test
    • Arrival test is negative
      • If you receive a negative result on your arrival test, you may be able to move to your place of quarantine. You must have a suitable plan for the remainder of your quarantine.
    • Arrival test if positive
      • If you receive a positive result on your arrival test, you will be relocated to a designated quarantine facility for the remainder of your 14 days of isolation.

Complete mandatory quarantine at own personal location

  • If your arrival COVID-19 test is negative, you must go directly to the place where you will complete the remainder of your 14-day quarantine.
    • This is mandatory and starts from the date you arrive in Canada
  • On the 10th day of your quarantine, you must take a self-administered COVID-19 test (a COVID-19 at Home Specimen Collection Kit) that you received at the Canadian airport upon arrival.
    • If you receive a positive test result, you will be required to isolate for an additional 14-day period that begins on the day the test was taken. Upon receiving a positive test result, contact your local public health authority and follow their directions.
  • During the 14-day period from the time you enter Canada, you are required to answer any relevant questions asked by a Government of Canada employee.
  • Be mindful that local authorities – such as provincial government and the University of Saskatchewan – may mandate that you quarantine beyond your 14-day period.
    • For example, USask Residence may require travelers to quarantine 14 additional days from your mandatory 3-night hotel stay.

As of February 21, 2021, at 11:59 pm ET, all air travelers – including international students – will be required to:

  • reserve a government-authorized hotel for 3 nights prior to departure to Canada
  • take a COVID-19 molecular test on arrival in Canada
  • stay in the government-authorized hotel while awaiting the results of the COVID-19 molecular test taken on arrival
  • pay for the cost of the hotel stay, which may or may not include all associated costs for:
    • food
    • security
    • transportation
    • infection prevention and control measures

Travellers must present proof of having reserved and pre-paid for their accommodation through ArriveCAN.

Book your 3-day hotel stay and learn more by visiting the Government of Canada.

All travelers entering via a land border are required to complete at least three (3) total COVID-19 tests when traveling to Canada:

  1. COVID-19 test taken 72 hours before the scheduled departure of Canada-bound flight
    • The government of Canada requires specific COVID-19 tests. Learn more here.
  2. COVID-19 test at the Canadian border upon arrival
  3. COVID-19 test taken 10-days into your 14-day quarantine
    • This is a self-administered test. You will be provided a COVID-19 at Home Specimen Collection Kit before leaving the airport. Please note your 14-day quarantine begins on the day you arrive in Canada.

Prepare for your quarantine before departing to Canada. You should be prepared to do all of the following before departing to Canada:

  • Develop a plan for your 14-day quarantine
  • Take a pre-entry COVID-19 test within 72 hours of your arrival in Canada
  • You are exempt from the 3-day government-authorized hotel quarantine
  • Use the ArriveCAN app to submit your travel and quarantine plans

If you arrive in Canada by a land border, you are not required to quarantine for 3 nights in a government authorized hotel.

Complete Mandatory quarantine at own personal location

  • If your arrival COVID-19 test is negative, you must go directly to the place where you will complete the remainder of your 14-day quarantine.
    • This is mandatory and starts from the date you arrive in Canada
  • On the 10th day of your quarantine, you must take a self-administered COVID-19 test (a COVID-19 at Home Specimen Collection Kit) that you received at the Canadian airport upon arrival.
    • If you receive a positive test result, you will be required to isolate for an additional 14-day period that begins on the day the test was taken. Upon receiving a positive test result, contact your local public health authority and follow their directions.
  • During the 14-day period from the time you enter Canada, you are required to answer any relevant questions asked by a Government of Canada employee.

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
    • This includes your 3-night hotel stay, following your own quarantine
  • detailed information regarding how you will:
    • get to your destination
    • get your groceries/food while in quarantine
    • access essential services and medical care

For detailed information on how to successfully prepare your own quarantine plan, visit the Government of Canada website.

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.

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 intake@usask.ca and we will connect you with a member of the Student Affairs and Outreach team.

As of February 22, 2021, all travellers, with limited exceptions, whether entering Canada by air or land, must use ArriveCAN. Travellers will need to submit the following information electronically before they board their flight or before arrival at a land border crossing:

  • travel and contact information
  • mandatory COVID-19 test taken 72 hours before travel to Canada
  • quarantine plan (including mandatory reservation at government-authorized hotel)
  • COVID-19 symptom self-assessments

For more information please visit the Government of Canada website.

Students can use the ArriveCAN mobile app to speed up their arrival process in Canada and spend less time with border and public health officers. Submit your information easily and securely using the app within 48 hours before arriving in Canada. The app helps you to:

  • provide mandatory information that's required for entry into Canada
  • reduce your wait time and points of contact at the border
  • provide the Government of Canada with voluntary updates on your quarantine compliance and the development of any symptoms during the 14 days after arriving in Canada

Download the ArriveCAN app (iOS, Android or web format).

In addition, students should consider downloading the COVID Alert app which provides updates on all possible COVID-19 exposures in Canada.

There are two self-funded quarantine options 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 options. Any booking confirmations received could be used as a supplementary evidence to your personally-prepared quarantine plan.

On-Campus Option: USask Student Residence

The USask Student Residence provides a safe and inclusive housing for students at all times and particularly during this ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The quarantine option at the Student Residence is available to all arriving international students. Students will be provided with move-in instructions outlining their specific quarantine protocol, which can be presented to Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) as part of a plan for quarantine.

Please be advised that:

  • Student Residence is currently only able to facilitate move-ins during regular business hours (8:30 am - 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday). For students who may be arriving after office hours or on weekends, ISSAC and the Student Residence have a protocol in place to secure the room keys for students.
Instructions:

Quarantine in Residence, but living off-campus

To book a room in Residence only for quarantine, please take a moment to read the Quarantine in Residence pamphlet to learn about rates, amenities and meal options. To complete your booking please email conference.services@usask.ca.

Quarantine in Residence and living in Residence

All students wanting to complete quarantine in Residence and reside in Residence afterwards should apply by visiting the Residence website online. All inquiries can be directed to residence@usask.ca.

Off-Campus Option: Park Town Hotel

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 must be completed prior to arrival to Park Town Hotel.

Instructions:

To request for off-campus quarantine, email heather@parktownhotel.com. When making your reservation, indicate that you are a University of Saskatchewan student.

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 international.students@usask.ca 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.

New or returning international students will be offered a free taxi ride from the Saskatoon airport to their chosen quarantine location in the city whether they choose a USask option or make their own quarantine arrangements. While in quarantine, a free taxi ride to COVID-19 testing sites and back to a quarantine location will also be made available to students if the need arises.

If you are conducting quarantine in Residence or Park Town, you will be contacted upon the completion of your booking about transportation to your quarantine location and other important details. If you decide to quarantine independently, please contact international.students@usask.ca to request for transportation from the airport to your accommodation.

Students are reminded to wear a mask and have hand sanitizer with them until they arrive at their quarantine location. Please take a moment to read the USask Community Standards on COVID-19.

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:

Studying remotely (students who start their programs in winter 2021 and spring/summer 2021 terms)

Students not required to come to Canada at this time, or who would prefer to continue studying remotely should be aware of the implications remote study may have for your study permit.

  • You can begin your program remotely from your home country in the 2021 Winter Term and 2021 Spring/Summer Term 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:

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.

You are still eligible for the post-graduation work permit program, if

  • your in-person classes in Canada have been moved to an online-only format and you are taking your classes online because of COVID-19, or
  • you had to put your studies on hold or study part-time during the winter, spring or summer 2020 semesters because of COVID-19.

As of the 2020 Fall Term, you must be studying full-time to be eligible.

If you can't travel to Canada at this time and you're taking your classes online, you're still eligible for a PGWP. To be eligible, you must

  • meet all the other PGWP requirements

and

  • have been enrolled in a program that was in progress in March 2020, or
  • have started or will start a program between spring 2020 and fall 2021, and
    • you have a study permit, or
    • you've been approved for a study permit, or
    • you applied for a study permit before starting your study program
      • your study permit must eventually be approved

You can complete 100% of your studies online from outside Canada.

All your time studying online outside Canada between spring 2020 and December 31, 2021, counts toward the length of a PGWP. This applies even if you're completing 2 study programs.

If you're completing 2 study programs, you can finish 100% of your studies online if the programs were ongoing or started between March 2020 and fall 2021, and

Time spent studying outside Canada after December 31, 2021, won't count towards the length of a PGWP.

Students wishing to apply for their PGWP can learn more about the application process and requirements in the International Student Guide and the IRCC website.

Due to COVID-19, you may be eligible to apply for a one-time open work permit of up to 18 months if you apply online by July 27, 2021. Learn more online from IRCC about how to apply.

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 international.students@usask.ca.

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.

Learn more online from IRCC.

Study permit compliance and extensions

Continuing USask international students residing in Canada

Taking courses online due to COVID-19 will not affect your study permit compliance whether you study inside or outside of Canada. However, it is your responsibility to extend your immigration documents and status before they expire. Keep them valid and up to date at all times while in Canada.

Visit our International Student Guide or contact ISSAC to learn about extending your study permit in Canada.

As a temporary measure, temporary resident applications – including study permit extensions – are exempt from the requirement to give biometrics if you apply from within Canada.

Exempt applicants include:

  • extending your stay as a student, worker or visitor
  • restoring your status as a student, worker or visitor
  • applying for a work or study permit
  • applying for a visitor visa
  • applying for a temporary resident permit

This applies to all new applications as well as applications already in progress.

It applies even if:

  • your application form for a work permit, study permit or visitor visa says it's for applicants outside Canada
  • IRCC's online application system asks you to pay a biometric fee (CAN$85)

This temporary measure does not apply if you're outside Canada.

Biometrics fee for in-Canada applicants

An applicant does not have to pay the biometric fee when they submit their application in-Canada – even if the system indicates that pay is necessary.

If an applicant paid the biometric fee for an existing application:

  • IRCC will automatically refund the fee once the application is finalized
  • the online application system will automatically send a biometric instruction letter (BIL) telling an applicant how to give their biometrics
    • do not give biometrics and you can ignore this letter

You are still able to renew your Social Insurance Number (SIN) during the COVID-19 pandemic. Service Canada Centres are closed for in-person applications, but applications can be made online or via mail.

Your SIN is still valid if you submitted a study permit extension, or post-graduate work permit application and are now in implied status or have the right to work per IRPR s 186(w) (having submitted your PGWP application before the expiry of your study permit). You will need to apply to renew your Social Insurance Number once you receive your new study permit or post-graduate work permit.

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.

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 Canada

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.

Any questions regarding health coverage can be directed to ISSAC at international.students@usask.ca.

Saskatchewan Health has confirmed that international students with expired Saskatchewan Health Cards who have implied status can apply for a six-month extension to their Saskatchewan Health Card.

Every student who currently has implied status with an expired SK health card is asked to do the following:

Instructions to receive a 6-month extension during implied status

Submit the following to eHealth Saskatchewan for a six-month extension on their health card without losing coverage. The application can be done electronically via the eHealth Saskatchewan online portal.

  • Complete the updated immigration document form found on eHealth website.
  • Provide proof of the following from your IRCC account:
    1. payment for study permit extension application (e.g. payment receipt)
    2. proof of submission of your study permit extension
  • Provide a short cover letter explaining that you are currently applying for your study permit extension and would like to temporarily extend your health card for 6-months during your implied status period
  • Submit all documents through your eHealth account by creating a request under Submit an Updated Immigration Document

After receiving your new study permit

If your study permit extension has been approved, you must send a copy of your new study permit to eHealth Saskatchewan to extend your SK health card through the online portal by creating a request under Submit an Updated Immigration Document.

International Student and Study Abroad Centre

The International Student and Study Abroad Centre (ISSAC) is closed but offering remote services. Visit the ISSAC page for more information.

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.