Restrictions on and exemption from entry into Canada for international students (as of August 5, 2020)
As Canada's foreigner entry restrictions, which were maintained until the end of July 2020, were extended to August, international students who are scheduled to enter ahead of the new semester in September or who are temporarily in Korea while in school and want to return to Canada for study are subject to the Canadian government's restrictions. It is necessary to continuously check the entry restriction measures.
Although there is a possibility of change, the COVID-19 situation in countries that send relatively large numbers of international students to Canada, such as the United States, India, and Brazil, is still not improving. it's not
Cases that are currently difficult to enter Canada until additional measures are taken
- If you apply for a student visa after March 18, 2018 as a new student
The Federal Immigration Department has not yet issued an approval letter for student visas applied for after March 18, 2020, when entry restrictions on foreign nationals began to take effect due to the COVID-19 crisis.
Since there is no student visa approval, it is of course not possible to enter Canada. This is the same even if the program you are studying for the September 2020 semester includes classroom instruction (hybrid).
Letters intended to be submitted to the Federal Immigration Department to urge approval during the student visa waiting period are not issued by most schools in the current situation where foreign entry restrictions are in effect. This is because it is meaningless because it is an issue that falls under the federal government's important policy related to COVID-19 quarantine.
- If you have a valid student visa, but classes for the September semester are confirmed online
Since online classes can be taken from non-Canadian countries, they do not qualify as non-discretionary or non-optional purpose reasons for entry.
In this case, even if there is a supporting letter from the school, there is a possibility that you will not be allowed to enter the country. In order for the supporting letter to serve as a valid reason for entry into Canada, it must be stated that there are hybrid classes that include practical exercises, workshops, lab use, etc.
- When the 14-day quarantine plan after entering Canada is not clear
Even if there are hybrid classes in the September 2020 semester and there is a supporting letter from the school, you will not be allowed to enter the country if the preparations for quarantine life are not clear.
On the other hand, basically, on the premise that there is a student visa approval letter made before March 18, 2020, or that you already have a currently valid student visa (Study Permit), including a student visa extension, the following situations can be considered for entry. the Federal Citizenship and Immigration Department (IRCC).
Matters suggested as standards for exemption from restrictions on entry into Canada for international students
- When proving that you live in Canada: If you have a house purchased or rented in Canada with a contract period remaining, present proof of purchase or rental contract, driver's license, etc.
- If the 14-day quarantine life plan is specific and clear and you go to class immediately after quarantine
- If you must be in Canada for study because the program you want to study includes lab use, participation in offline workshops, etc.: Prove it through the school's supporting letter
- In the case of an internet environment where online classes cannot be taken in the home country: Korea is not applicable to this.
It is not necessary to have all of the items listed above, but they must be presented as a basis for the immigration officer to comprehensively understand and determine entry.
The following is the contents of the Federal Immigration and Immigration Department (IRCC) website where the above contents are specified.
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