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.

September 7, 2021: Border changes

Effective September 7, foreign nationals from outside Canada who qualify for the fully vaccinated traveller exemption can enter Canada for discretionary travel.

Note: All students studying in Canada for less than 6-months -- such as exchange students, visiting research students or ESL students -- will still require an approved study permit application to travel to Canada. Please review the section below labeled "Documents required for travel and entry to Canada." 

Email ISSAC at international.students@usask.ca for further questions.

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).

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

  • you must have a valid study permit or a letter of introduction that shows you were approved for a study permit
  • you must be attending a designated learning institution (DLI) approved by its province or territory
    • University of Saskatchewan has been approved by the Government of Saskatchewan

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. Note: Both online and in-person classes are considered essential.

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

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.
  • 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
  • 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. 

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 will need to make sure that they have valid medicals 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.

 

New USask students should only arrive four (4) weeks before their intended progam start date, or during a a semester in which they are registered. You may be refused boarding by the airline, or refused entry at the Canadian border if you intend to arrive too early.

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:

  • Students should speak with their academic unit to learn if their program will be offered on-campus, or remotely, or check their course attributes on PAWS.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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

The Government of Canada has suspended direct flights from India until September 26, 2021.

After the restriction on direct flights expires, passengers eligible to enter Canada and travelling on those flights will need to:

  • obtain a pre-departure negative COVID-19 molecular test result from the Genestrings Laboratory, located above the metro station in the Airport Connect Building (ACB) at the Indira Gandhi International Airport
  • perform this test within 18 hours before their scheduled departure
  • present the test report with a QR code issued by this laboratory to the air operator before boarding

Alternatively, travellers who have previously tested positive for COVID-19 can present a positive molecular test issued by a certified laboratory in India. The date of collection must have been between 14 and 180 days before their scheduled departure to Canada.

Airlines will refuse boarding to any traveller who’s unable to meet these requirements.

Indirect flights

Passengers who travel from India to Canada via an indirect route still need to provide a pre-departure negative COVID-19 molecular test result from a third country before continuing their journey to Canada.

Keep in mind:

  • certain countries don’t allow entry or transit of passengers arriving from India or of passengers who have previously tested positive for COVID-19
  • COVID-19 testing for passengers in transit might not be available in all international airports or third countries
  • if you test positive during transit, you may face local quarantine regulations or be returned to your point of departure

Carefully consider your itinerary, transit options and entry requirements for third countries.

Useful links

The Government of Canada has suspended flights from Morocco until October 29, 2021.

During that period, passengers who travel to Canada from Morocco via an indirect route will need to obtain a pre-departure negative COVID-19 molecular test result from a third country before continuing their journey to Canada.

Travellers who have previously tested positive for COVID-19 must provide proof of a positive COVID-19 molecular test conducted between 14 and 180 days prior to departure, instead of a negative COVID-19 molecular test. This proof must be obtained in a third country before the continuation of the journey to Canada. You might need to seek entry and stay in a third country for at least 14 days.

Keep in mind:

  • certain countries do not allow entry or transit from passengers arriving from Morocco or from passengers who have previously tested positive to COVID-19
  • COVID-19 testing for passengers in transit might not be available in all international airports or third countries
  • if you test positive during transit, you may be quarantined or sent back to your point of departure

Carefully consider your itinerary, transit options and entry requirements for third countries.

ISSAC offers free taxi transportation to any USask student who meet one of the following criteria:

  • new international degree-seeking students (includes international students who have not been to Canada since they were offered admission to study at USask).
  • new international students registered in the English as a Second Language (ESL) program
  • exchange students
  • 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.

To request for the free taxi transportation, use this Free Taxi Transportation Request Form.

Please send the form and all questions to peer.support@usask.ca.

Fully-vaccinated traveller quarantine and testing exemptions

As of July 5, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EDT, fully-vaccinated travellers may be exempt from quarantine and testing requirements. Please read more below. International students are included in this policy.

It is the responsibility of the traveler to provide adequate proof of vaccination. If they fail to to so, they will be required to complete quarantine as dictated by the Canadian government.

At this time, there are no exemptions from testing, hotel stopover or quarantine for travellers who haven't received the full series of a vaccine or a combination of vaccines accepted by the Government of Canada.

If you do not meet the fully-vaccinated exemptions, please read the ensuring section titled Non-vaccinated or partially-vaccinate travellers mandatory quarantine and COVID-19 testing requirements.

Please read more from IRCC here.

You may qualify for certain exemptions to quarantine and testing requirements if you:

Those who meet the requirements may be exempt from:

  • quarantine
  • hotel stopover (for air travellers)
  • day-8 testing requirement

Travel restrictions on who can enter Canada remain in place.

To be considered fully vaccinated, you must have received the full series of a vaccine – or a combination of vaccines – accepted by the Government of Canada at least 14 days prior to entering Canada. The list of accepted vaccines may expand in the future.

If you received your vaccines outside Canada, it’s still accepted but proof of vaccination must be uploaded digitally in ArriveCAN and must only be in French or English, or certified translation into French or English.

Accepted vaccines:

  • Pfizer (Comirnaty, tozinameran, BNT162b2)
  • Moderna (mRNA-1273)
  • AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria, AZD1222, Covishield)
  • Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) - single dose

Vaccines not currently accepted for fully vaccinated status in Canada:

  • Bharat Biotech (Covaxin, BBV152 A, B, C)
  • Cansino (Convidecia, Ad5-nCoV)
  • Gamalaya (Sputnik V, Gam-Covid-Vac)
  • Sinopharm (BBIBP-CorV, Sinopharm-Wuhan)
  • Sinovac (CoronaVac, PiCoVacc)
  • Vector Institute (EpiVacCorona)
  • Other

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 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

  1. the vaccine you received is not an accepted vaccine
  2. the date of your last dose was less than 14 days prior to your date of entry to Canada
  3. 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, arrival and Day-8 testing

Please review all Government of Canada information regarding testing before travel.


Quarantine plan

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 seeking the fully vaccinated exemption.

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.https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/covid-vaccinated-travellers-entering-canada

Non-vaccinated or partially-vaccinated travellers mandatory quarantine and testing requirements

Travellers who do not meet eligiblity for fully-vaccinated exemptions 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:

  • A mandatory 3-night stopover 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

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 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.
Non-vaccinated travelers should review all information pertaining pre-entry, arrival and Day-8 COVID-19 testing requirements at the Government of Canada website.

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 

For detailed information on how to successfully prepare your own quarantine plan, visit the Government of Canada website. The Government of Canada also has this helpful Quarantine Assessment Tool. 

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 heather@parktownhotel.com.

Instructions: 

To request for off-campus quarantine, email heather@parktownhotel.com. 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. 

Instructions: 

The  information sheet also contains a booking form that can be submitted via email to alexf@saskatooninn.com 


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.

Instructions: 

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: salescq@prhotels.ca 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 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. 

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: 

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. 

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 

 

Studying remotely for Fall 2021

Students can study remotely for the Fall 2021 semester 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

  • 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.

Find out what to do if you still have documents to provide for your application.

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.

Given the unprecedented impact of COVID-19 on international students and the post-secondary sector, temporary policy changes have been made to post-graduation work permit (PGWP) eligibility requirements for the following groups of students:

  • students enrolled in PGWPP-eligible programs in progress in March 2020
  • students who began or will begin PGWP-eligible programs between spring 2020 and fall 2021

To be eligible for the temporary policy changes to the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP), these students must either

  • have a study permit
  • have been approved for a study permit
  • submit a study permit application prior to beginning their program and eventually be approved

Under normal circumstances, all distance learning courses completed outside Canada are excluded from the time accumulated towards the length of the post-graduation work permit, and 50% of a student’s courses must be completed in Canada and in person.

The following temporary policy changes have been made to better accommodate eligible international students who have completed distance learning in or outside Canada.

All students who were enrolled in a PGWP-eligible program in progress in March 2020 or who started a program of study from spring 2020 up to and including the fall 2021 semester are not required to complete 50% of their program (or programs) of study in Canada. Up to 100% of their program can be completed online from outside Canada.

Time spent studying outside of Canada can be counted towards the overall length of the post-graduation work permit until December 31, 2021. Any time spent studying outside of Canada after December 31, 2021 should be deducted from the length of the post-graduation work permit.

Note: The minimum length of time a PGWP should be issued for is 8 months.

All other program criteria and requirements must be met.

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 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.

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.

New Permanent Residency Pathway

On April 14. 2021, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced a new permanent residency pathway for international graudates in health-care professions. Learn more from IRCC.

Please note that ISSAC is unable to provide immigration consultation on permanent residency. Students are encouraged to speak with IRCC directly, or consult an immigration lawyer or Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC).

Health coverage in Canada 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 international.students@usask.ca.

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.

COVID -19 Vaccination Information for International Students

Vaccines available at USask

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 student.wellness@usask.ca. 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 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.