The information on this page is based on information available at the time of publishing and may not always be up to date.
As the COVID-19 situation continues, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and other government departments are constantly revising their policies. Links for the most current information have been provided below;
- See the latest information on how COVID-19 is affecting Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
- You can also review IRCC program or policy changes due to COVID-19 from the program delivery instructions for officers.
- Visit this page often as we will continue to update it as the situation evolves.
For the most up-to-date information about the University’s response to COVID-19, please visit www.ufv.ca/coronavirus/
Canadian Bureau for International Education:
Questions and Answers with IRCC (updated March 18, 2020)
|I am unable to depart to my home country, what should I do?
|As a temporary resident who is already in Canada and is unable to depart, we encourage you to apply for a study permit extension so that you can maintain your temporary resident status in Canada.
|What if my applications are still in progress or my study permit will expire in the next few weeks and I am unable to retrieve all the required documents (transcript, etc) for my application because UFV is closed?
|You are still encouraged to apply for an extension as a temporary resident. You should apply before your study permit expires. You will benefit from implied status and may remain in Canada until a decision is rendered on your application, or the required documents can be submitted.
|I have not been studying full-time due to COVID-19 closures. Will it impact my eligibility for a post-graduation work permit? Is there flexibility on the IRCC's part when it comes to the "continuous full-time enrollment" required for PGWP eligibility if I have a gap in my studies or need to drop down to part-time enrollment for reasons related to COVID-19?
|IRCC will take the effects of COVID-19 under consideration when assessing Post-Graduation Work Permit program eligibility. Although under normal circumstances, in order to be eligible for the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program, international students must maintain their full-time student status during each academic session of the program or programs of study they complete and submit as part of their Post-Graduation Work Permit application, if you are unable to meet this criteria due to reasons related to COVID-19, you will still be considered eligible for the PGWPP, provided you meet all the other program criteria.
|In the event that a my full-time enrolment is impacted due to circumstances beyond my control (i.e. COVID-19), will I continue to be authorized to work on a study permit?
In regards to working on or off-campus, given that COVID-19 is beyond a student’s control, international students who were eligible to work on or off-campus can continue to work on or off-campus even if they have been forced to drop to part-time studies or take a break in studies.
However, you are still subject to the authorized number of hours you would have been permitted had you been a full-time student. Therefore, you can work part-time (up to 20 hours a week) off-campus during an academic session and full-time during a regularly scheduled break.
(Please attend an IRCC workshop on study permit and work permit compliance and many other topics via online. Register at www.ufv.ca/ircc)