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Increase in the number of Canadian universities welcoming international students

There has been a major update in the list of approved Canadian Designated Learning Institutes (DLIs) as the number of DLIs which can host international students has increased.

Designated Learning Institutes are the institutes that are approved by the federal and provincial government of Canada are allowed to host International students who are interested in enrolling that those institutes.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the subsequent travel restrictions, Canadian universities were not allowed to welcome international students on their campus.

As of October 20, the travel restrictions on international students have loosened in Canada, as a result of which international students are exempt from travel restrictions and will now be allowed to enter Canada if their Designated Learning Institution (DLI) has an approved COVID-19 readiness plan in place.

According to the Canadian government, Coronavirus Readiness Plan is necessary because it;

  • Protects the health and safety of all students and the surrounding community
  • Describes how they will manage the mandatory 14-day quarantine period for international students, including arrangements for transportation to the students’ quarantine location.
  • Provides information and support to international students about how they can get the items they need for their quarantine, like food and medications.

There is a mandatory 14-day quarantine imposed for everyone traveling to Canada.

This article will guide international students who will soon move to Canada about how to prepare for their travel and quarantine in Canada.

How to know if you are eligible to travel to Canada?

  • You’ll be eligible to travel if the university, college, or Designated Learning Institution (DLI) in which you are enrolled in on the IRCC’s approved DLI list of institutes with an approved Coronavirus readiness plan. If your DLI isn’t mentioned on the approved DLI list, you won’t be allowed to board your flight, or you will be turned away at the port of entry in Canada.
  • You should confirm if the required courses you have opted for will be offered online or on-campus and whether travel to Canada is required. 
  • You should have a valid study permit or a letter of introduction that proves that you have been approved for a study permit.
  • You should have a valid letter of acceptance (LOA) from the DLI you’re enrolled at.
  • You should be well versed with hygiene standards for COVID-19 in preparation for your quarantine in Canada.
  • You must download the Arrive CAN mobile app as you must be ready to show your Arrive CAN app details when seeking entry into Canada; a border services officer will be stationed to verify whether you have submitted the information digitally or not. You are required to submit your travel and contact information, quarantine plan, and COVID-19 symptom self-assessment on the Arrive CAN app. If you do not submit the required information digitally before boarding the flight, you could be fined $1,000 CAD.

If you are eligible to travel to Canada as an international student, you must plan how you’ll quarantine as you may need to get it pre-approved by your DLI and also as it is mandatory for all international travelers to have a quarantine plan ready before entering Canada.

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