Although the Canadian border remains closed to regular travel and tourism, the Government announced this past Friday that it will begin allowing select international students to enter the country later this month, including International High School students (see full announcement here).
This means that students intending to study in a District/Board with a “provincially approved COVID-19 Readiness Plan”, they will be permitted to enter Canada as of October 20th if they have a valid Study Permit.
Normally, Study Permits are only required for programmes with a duration of 6 months or longer; and since the February semester is only 5 months, a Study Permit is not typically required.
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Friday’s announcement, however, will mean that all international students will likely require a Study Permit to enter the country, regardless of the length of their programme, at least until the border opens fully for travel and tourism.
If you have already previously applied for a Study Permit (for example, if you were intending to come in the autumn for a full year but deferred to February when you couldn’t travel in September), please check the status of your application.
APPROVED SCHOOL DISTRICTS/BOARDS
The preliminary list of eligible School Districts/Boards is scheduled to be published within the next few weeks.
It is expected that additional Districts/Boards will be continually added as more Readiness Plans are submitted and approved; therefore, if your intended School District/Board does not initially appear on this list, please continue to check for updates.
WHAT SCHOOLS WILL BE LIKE IN FEBRUARY
We will not have a clear idea of how classroom learning in Canada will be structured for the February semester until mid to late January.
Currently, most high school students are attending in-person class 50% of the time, with the balance made up with distance learning; while others are attending school 100% online.
14-DAY SELF-ISOLATION / QUARANTINE
We expect Canada’s 14-day self-isolation rule for new arrivals to still be in effect for some months to come. Therefore, students entering for the February semester should anticipate arriving as early as January 16th.
MLI is working on a plan that will meet this self-isolation requirement. Details, including potential costs, will become available as the situation develops.
We will continue to update you with information as it becomes available. Please note that Monday, October 13th is a National Holiday in Canada (“Thanksgiving”) and our office – as well as those of School Districts and the Government – will be closed, reopening on Tuesday, October 14th. In the meantime, we “give thanks” for this small bit of positive news.