Students arriving for summer 2020 or fall 2020 semesters
International students who held a valid study permit, or had been approved for a study permit, when the travel restrictions took effect on March 18, 2020, will be exempted from travel restrictions.
However, workers, students and approved permanent residents who haven’t landed should not travel yet. The Canadian government announced exemptions but they are not in place. Travel restrictions are still in effect for these groups.
Only Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and some foreign nationals travelling from the United States (US) who have been in the US for at least 14 days and are asymptomatic, are able to enter Canada by air at this time.
This means the students who meet these requirements are able to join us for the summer and fall semesters. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are still determining when the summer semester will begin and how it will be delivered. Please continue to check our website for more information.
International students who come to Canada must have a place to self-isolate for 14 days as soon as they arrive.
Georgian is planning to offer an online test so that you don’t have to travel to a testing centre. We will update information on this in the next week.
The winter 2020 semester is to be completed remotely starting March 23 until the end of the regular term. The date to withdraw without academic penalty deadline has been extended to April 3, 2020. The date to withdraw with a refund was the 10th day of class for that term.
We are here to help. Immigration appointments and info sessions will be provided virtually, by telephone or through video conferencing (WebEx) for all campuses. To book an appointment with a Student Immigration Advisor or to sign up for an immigration info session (study permit extension, post-grad work permit, TRV, co-op work permit) email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has stated that courses of study being delivered online on an exceptional basis due to COVID-19 will not affect the post-graduate work permit eligibility. Visit the IRCC website for more details.
If you are a registered full-time student this semester, you can only work part-time off-campus according to the authorization to work on your study permit.
If you are not a registered full-time student this semester, then you cannot work at all.
Here are more details about working while on a study permit.
If considering a deferral, please consult with your agent or immigration professional from your home country.
To extend your study permit you require your enrolment letter. This can be accessed from your Student Portal. In the Document Hub, go to Request a Letter. All fees must be paid on your account before you can access the letter. For all matters regarding immigration, you are advised to make an appointment with a Student Immigration Advisor by emailing email@example.com.
CBSA has indicated students can no longer go to the border for any permit processing. This means that you cannot flagpole at this time. If you need assistance in applying online, contact firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up for a remote immigration information session.
Effective March 23, classes have been moved to remote delivery options, including online learning. Please check your course announcements on Blackboard for more information specific to your class and contact your teacher if you have questions.
Insurance and healthcare
As an international student enrolled in a postsecondary program at Georgian College, you have insurance coverage from guard.me. For the following types of questions, please visit the guard.me website for the most updated information.
- I am a current international student. Will I be covered if I become ill with COVID-19?
- Will my dependents be covered if they get sick?
- What happens if I am diagnosed with COVID-19 and I need to self-quarantine myself?
- If I am asked to return home, are there any benefits that can cover the costs?
If you suspect that you may have COVID-19, use Ontario’s self-assessment to self-assess and seek advice.
All walk-in clinics are temporarily closed in Barrie, as they direct resources to the local COVID-19 assessment centre. Walk-in clinics are planning to reopen, please continue to monitor the Barrie Walk-in Clinics website for the updates.
At the other campus communities, make sure to check each health care provider’s website or contact them directly to find out more information about their hours of operations.
Yes, provided you are admissible to Canada and meet the normal eligibility requirements of the policy e.g. is registered at the school, is under 65 years of age, etc.
As a Georgian student, the coverage for summer semester starts May 1, 2020.
If you are planning and eligible to enter Canada before May 1, 2020, we strongly recommend that you purchase early arrival health insurance before your arrival in Canada.
Continue to monitor the Government of Canada’s travel advisory page to see when you are eligible to enter Canada as an international student.
There are ways for you to reach out to different services including our college counselling service:
Government of Canada
- Government of Canada COVID-19 updates:
- Canada’s response
- travel advice
- symptoms and treatment
- prevention and risk
Ontario Public Health
- COVID-19 fact sheets:
- available in English, French, Chinese, Farsi, Italian and Korean
- how to self-monitor
- how to self-isolate
- self isolation: guide for caregiver, household members and close contacts
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
- Coronavirus special measures:
- temporary and permanent residents affected by COVID-19
- applicants affected by COVID-19
- travel restrictions
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Hours of operation
Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (EST)
As part of Georgian’s response to COVID-19, in-person visits are not available at this time. Service will be provided virtually by telephone or email.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.