Consider joining us virtually from your home country until the border re-opens or you can choose to defer your studies. When the border does re-open, be sure to review your pre-departure guide and checklist.
Travel restrictions are still in place, and if your study permit was not approved before or on March 18, 2020, you will not be allowed entry into Canada.
IRCC made temporary policy changes which allow students to begin the 2020 fall semester online and abroad, without it affecting their eligibility for a post graduate work permit (PGWP); and neither will time be deducted from the length of their PGWP. Please note that at least 50% of your program must be completed in Canada and you must have an approved study permit while studying in Canada for you to receive a PGWP.
Learn more about your study permit options.
As of right now, you do not need a study permit to study online. However, we strongly recommend that students apply for a study permit before beginning your online studies as there are some risks associated with beginning your studies without a study permit.
If you are willing to accept and acknowledge these risks, you are welcome to participate in online courses at Acadia.
You are required to apply online by creating an account with the Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Visit the IRCC website to learn more and to start your study permit application.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) continues to accept applications, but applications are being processed at slower rates. Processing times posted on the IRCC website are based on the normal processing times for an application, and it does not take into account any delays caused by COVID-19. Currently, there are no options to expedite processing of study permit applications. However, IRCC recently announced new measures to prioritize processing of study permit applications.
As of right now, international students who have not received a study permit or letter of introduction on or before March 18, 2020, will not be allowed to enter Canada. For more information regarding entry into Canada, please see the IRCC website.
When Visa Application Centres (VAC’s) re-open, you must make a new appointment and carry your original BIL with you at your designated Visa Application Centre to show proof of payment. You do not need to request a new BIL. Since most VAC’s are presently closed, your application will remain open for 90 days or until you are able to provide the required biometrics- you do not need to request an extension. According to IRCC, no application will be refused or closed if you are not able to give your biometrics on the date indicated on your BIL.
If you decide to defer your program to next term, you should start your study permit and temporary resident visa applications as soon as possible due to delays in processing. Please visit the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website for more information.
Choosing to join us virtually does not guarantee your ability to obtain a study permit. If you choose to move forward with your studies without a study permit in place, you are responsible for affiliated tuition fees. Please review Acadia’s financial policies prior to making your decision.