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Hội thảo định cư Canada và Châu Âu: con đường đến tương lai

HÀ NỘI: 08:30 ngày 25/09/2020
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Thông tin cập nhật mới từ Surrey’s International Student Program

Are You Currently in Canada? You Must Alert Us!

  • If you are currently in Canada, you must email [email protected] to advise us that you are new to our program but already here in the country.  

Entry into Canada for Students NEW to Our Program 

  • According to the latest Order in Council from the Government of Canada issued on July 31, 2020, Canada will be extending the international border closure to August 31. At this time there is still no change in the exemption that states: “a person whose application for a study permit referred to in paragraph (l) was approved under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, and who received written notice of the approval before noon, Eastern Daylight Time on March 18, 2020, but who has not yet been issued the permit”
  • The provincial and federal Ministries of Health, Education and Immigration are still working on a revision to this exemption that will allow all study permit holders (regardless of the date of issue) and those coming for one semester without a study permit (with the purpose to study), to enter Canada. We are hopeful to have an update on this soon.
  • As of August 24, 2020, if the Government of Canada still prohibits a student to enter Canada for study purposes, newly enrolled international students will be eligible to defer the start of their program to September 2021 or apply to receive a refund of program fees paid (less a $500 admin fee). This means we will wait until August 24 to offer deferrals and refunds so that we can determine if there is a further exemption made for new students. More information can be found in the below COVID-19 Addendum to Refund Policy.
  • If you were studying in Canada previously and have renewed your study permit and it now has an issue date after March 18, 2020, please ensure that you travel with a copy of your study permit that was dated before March 18, 2020.
  • Please see the attached letter that you can provide to your airline or Canadian Border Services confirming that online learning is not an option we are providing and that your attendance on campus for full-time instruction at school is mandatory in September. Note that this letter should be attached to a copy of your Official Letter of Acceptance for studying in Surrey.

Planned Return to Full-Time In-Class Instruction in September  

  • According to the July 29 update from the Ministry of Education, the plan is to return to full-time classes this September for all students. 
  • Note this could change if the pandemic becomes worse, but at this time, our government has announced the plan is for a full-time return in September.   
  • More information about resumption of face to face in-class instruction can be found on the BC Ministry of Education’s website.
  • Specific information about class schedules will be provided by individual schools in no later than August 26. 
  • School starts on Tuesday, September 8, 2020. 

Self-Isolation Upon Arrival in Canada

  • Note that the Government of Canada has extended the requirement to August 31 that anyone arriving in Canada must self-isolate for 14 days. 
  • According to the Government of British Columbia, students and parents who return to Canada will be required to complete and submit a Self-Isolation Plan online prior to arrival. This is referenced in the attached Travel and Arrival Protocol.
  • Additionally, please see the attached Returning Travellers to British Columbia document to ensure that you are aware of the protocols required for your self-isolation plan.  
  • We are also attaching the document titled Welcoming Home a Friend or Family Member to aid host families and family members in helping support the student’s self-isolation plan. 
  • Please note that the school district is not responsible for providing advice about entry requirements to Canada, nor the Provincial Health Authority recommendations as they pertain to COVID-19. 

The situation is evolving and changing, so please refer to the following links for the most up-to-date information and regulations: 

How to Obtain Medical Insurance – Reporting you Arrival in Canada

Surrey School District provides all new students medical insurance. In order to obtain your medical insurance card and policy information, you must email [email protected]surreyschools.ca immediately upon arrival in Canada:

  • A scan or photo of your study permit
  • Report your arrival date in Canada
  • Provide the address of where you will be self-isolating
  • Provide a contact number of how we can get in touch with you during self-isolation
  • Submit your completed Statement of Address Form of where you will reside this school year

COVID-19 Addendum to Refund Policy

Please note that our existing Refund Policy detailed on page 3 of our International Student Program Legal Agreement remains in effect, however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic the following addendum has been adopted:

  • As of August 24, 2020, if the Government of Canada prohibits a student to enter Canada for study purposes, newly enrolled international students will be eligible to defer the start of their program to September 2021 or apply to receive a refund of program fees paid (less a $500 admin fee).
  • Students holding a valid study permit issued on or before March 18 are exempt from travel restrictions and will not be eligible for a refund of fees as they are eligible to enter Canada, however, upon arrival are subject to a 14 day self-isolation.
  • After the program start of September 8, refunds will follow our existing Refund Policy in the ISP Legal Agreement, including in regards to possible future suspension of in-class instruction or quarantine.

Late Arrivals

Should the international border open to foreign nationals or exemptions for all study permit holders be made, we understand there may be a delay in study permit and entry visa processing time. That is why we are being much more flexible with our arrival and start date for students this school year:

Elementary Grade K-7 

  • As our elementary program is linear, we are allowing elementary students to start at any time during the school year. 
  • Please keep us posted on your anticipated arrival date so we can have the school hold your placement until you arrive. 
  • Should you require a new Official Letter of Acceptance with a revised ‘last date for late registration’, please advise.

Secondary Grade 8-12

  • If you still have not arrived by September 8, please email to discuss a later arrival and start date for school.
  • If it is determined that arrival will be too late to successfully join the program, we will discuss the potential to defer to a future intake.
  • Should you require a new Official Letter of Acceptance with a revised ‘last date for late registration’, please advise.