WORKERS, STUDENTS and VISITORS

Information for your situation

We recognize that the travel restrictions announced by the Prime Minister will have an impact on many people who can’t travel to Canada right now.

WORKERS, STUDENTS and VISITORS

Restrictions and exemptions for travellers to Canada


VISITORS
Until further notice, you might not be able to travel to Canada, even if you have a valid visitor visa or electronic travel authorization (eTA). You can travel to Canada only if you are exempt from the travel restrictions and are coming for an essential purpose.

If you meet one of the criteria for exemption from the travel restrictions, and you want to apply to come to Canada, please note that there are changes to the application process.

When you arrive in Canada, we’ll assess your health before you leave the port of entry. You must have a plan to quarantine for 14 days when you arrive in Canada. This is mandatory, even if you have no symptoms. If you don’t have a plan, you’ll be quarantined in a facility designated by the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
If you’re an international student who has a valid study permit or has been approved for a study permit on or before March 18, 2020, you are exempt from the travel restrictions.

If you’re travelling by air, you need to pass a health check conducted by an airline before you’ll be allowed to board your flight. Anyone who shows symptoms of COVID-19 will not be allowed to enter Canada by air.

When you arrive in Canada, we’ll assess your health before you leave the port of entry. You must have a plan to quarantine for 14 days when you arrive in Canada. This is mandatory, even if you have no symptoms. If you don’t have a plan, you’ll be quarantined in a facility designated by the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada.

Online courses won’t affect your PGWPP eligibility

If your in-class courses are being moved to an online-only format because of COVID-19, you’re still eligible for the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP).

If you have a study permit, or have been approved for a study permit for a program starting in May or June, but you can’t travel to Canada at this time due to travel restrictions, you’re also still eligible for the PGWPP.

If you’re in this situation, you may

begin your classes while outside Canada, and
complete up to 50% of your program while outside Canada, if you can’t travel to Canada sooner.
International students providing essential services

You are temporarily allowed to work more than 20 hours if you are

a study permit holder in an academic session
eligible to work off-campus, and
providing an essential service
To see if your work is considered an essential service or function, check the Guide on Essential Services and Functions in Canada During the COVID-19 Pandemic.

TEMPORARY FOREIGN WORKERS

All temporary foreign workers are exempt from travel restrictions and can travel to Canada by air or land if they’re coming for an essential purpose.

If you’re travelling by air, you need to pass a health check conducted by airlines before you’re allowed to board your flight. Anyone who shows symptoms of COVID-19 will not be allowed to enter Canada by air.

When you arrive in Canada, we’ll assess your health before you leave the port of entry. You must have a plan to quarantine for 14 days when you arrive in Canada. This is mandatory, even if you have no symptoms. If you don’t have a plan, you’ll be quarantined in a facility designated by the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada.

Visitors, international students or temporary foreign workers in Canada
If your visitor, study or work status hasn’t expired
You can apply online to extend your stay in Canada.

If you’re a visitor, you can apply for a visitor record to extend your stay in Canada.

If you’re a worker or student, you have 2 options:

If you’re no longer working or studying, you can
apply to change your status to visitor, as long as your study or work permit has not expired

If you want to continue working or studying, you may be able to extend your work permit or study permit if you’re eligible.

When you apply, make sure you include a note explaining why you need to extend your stay in Canada.

If your visitor, study or work status has expired
If it’s been less than 90 days since your status expired
You can apply to restore your status.

To restore your status, use the document checklist and guide for extending your stay as a:

visitor
student
worker
When you apply, make sure to:

Select Restore my status under section 3 at the top of the form.
Include a note explaining the reason you need to extend your stay.
Include the restoration fee.

If your temporary resident status is restored, you’ll get a visitor record or appropriate permit. Your record or permit will outline the conditions of your stay in Canada.

Your temporary resident status in Canada will be extended until a specified date.