COVID-19 information for International students

Last updated July 12 at 11:30 a.m.

Georgian has prepared an international resource guide with FAQs to outline how COVID-19 may impact your travel and study plans. See below. 

For general information regarding COVID-19 and updates from Georgian, visit our coronavirus information page

Students coming to Canada

Note: All Lakehead-Georgian students are required to have their quarantine plans approved and monitored by Lakehead University. Visit the Lakehead University website for more information.

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In order for you to complete Georgian’s quarantine process, you must download Georgian Assist App via Google Play or App Store

Step 1: Understand what you are required to do for planning your trip to Canada 

Step 2: Plan your travel and quarantine details 

  • Decide if you are going to use a Georgian quarantine package or make your own private plan.
  • Book flights.
  • Book quarantine accommodation.
    • If you purchase a Georgian quarantine package, accommodations are included.
  • Be prepared to book your mandatory three-night hotel stopover.
  • Arrange transportation from your hotel stopover to your quarantine location.
    • If you purchase a Georgian quarantine package, transportation is included.
  • Determine your in Canada contact information.
    • You will need active phone number and will need to provide us with a correct email address.
  • Schedule your COVID-19 testing in the country of your departure, taken within 72 hours of your departure.

Step 3: Complete your commitment and attestation for travel  

  • Complete the mandatory quarantine commitment form on the Georgian Assist app.
  • Have any co-arriving family members complete the co-arriving family commitment form on the Georgian Assist app.
  • Receive quarantine letter of support, once it has been reviewed by Georgian College.
  • Check and verify the detail in quarantine letter of support.

Step 4: Preparing for travel and the ArriveCan app 

  • Pack for your travel. Check the pre-departure book for the packing list.
  • Download ArriveCAN app.
  • Submit your quarantine plan including your phone number, address, self-screening questions on ArriveCAN app.
  • Receive the reference code, and write down the code for reference purposes.
  • Book your mandatory three-night hotel stopover prior to departure.
    • You will be required to take a COVID-19 test at the airport. You will wait at the hotel stopover until you receive a negative test. You will then be able to go directly to your quarantine location.
  • Confirm on Georgian Assist App with your date and time of arrival is still correct. You must modify your information on commitment form if the arrival date and time changed. 
  • Get your COVID-19 test done. If positive, you cannot travel. For more information, visit the IRCC webpage.
  • Travel to Canada.

Step 5: Arrival in Canada 

  • Upon arrival in Canada, provide your ArriveCAN reference code to immigration officers to show you are eligible to enter Canada.
  • Take a COVID-19 test upon arrival to the airport.
  • Go directly to your hotel stopover location.
  • Arrive at your hotel stopover location and wait for your negative COVID test result.
  • Confirm on the Georgian Assist App that you have arrived in Canada.
  • Report your arrival on the ArriveCAN app.
  • Take private transportation to the quarantine location directly.
  • Arrive at the quarantine location.

Step 6: Georgian quarantine period 

  • DO NOT leave your quarantine location and follow the Ontario Public Health’s instruction on how to quarantine.
  • Check in DAILY on the ArriveCAN app.
  • Check in DAILY on the Georgian Assist app.
  • Complete the day eight COVID-19 test kit and submit the test as instructed.
  • Continue to complete the mandatory 14-day quarantine.
    • Even if you receive negative test results before day 14, you must complete the entire quarantine period.
  • Follow these instructions to upload your test results to Georgian on OneDrive.
  • Remain in quarantine and follow the advice of Public Health and Georgian College if you received a positive COVID-19 test result.

Step 7: Exiting quarantine 

  • Confirm on the Georgian Assist App that you are eligible to exit quarantine.
    • You must complete the mandatory 14-day quarantine and upload your negative COVID-19 test result on OneDrive to be eligible to exit quarantine.
  • Exit quarantine and move to your pre-arranged housing.
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Information for planning your arrival in Canada

It is your responsibility as a student or co-arriving family member to self-quarantine upon arrival in Canada for your Georgian quarantine period.

  • All air passengers five years of age or older will be required to test negative for COVID-19 before travelling from another country to Canada. Documentation of a negative COVID-19 laboratory test result must be presented to the airline prior to boarding a flight to Canada. The test must be performed using a COVID-19 molecular polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test and must be taken within 72 hours prior to the traveller’s scheduled departure to Canada. Anyone who receives a negative test result and is authorized to enter Canada must still complete the full, mandatory 14-day quarantine.
  • All travelers must reserve a government-authorized hotel for three nights, prior to departure. For more information about the mandatory hotel stopover, please visit the Government of Canada website. You must present proof of having reserved and pre-paid for your accommodation through ArriveCAN. You will take a COVID-19 test on arrival, at the airport. You will then stay in the government-authorized hotel (that you pre-booked) while awaiting the results of the COVID-19 test. You are responsible for the cost of the hotel, food and all associated costs. You will still be required to complete the remainder of the mandatory Georgian Quarantine period after the mandatory hotel stopover.
  • All students MUST complete the mandatory quarantine commitment form on the Georgian Assist app. If you do not comply, you will not be eligible to receive the quarantine commitment letter which must be shown at the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) to enter Canada.
  • All co-arriving family members must complete this mandatory quarantine commitment form on the Georgian Assist app.
  • Only travel if you and your co-arriving family members are free from COVID-19-related symptoms.
  • You and your co-arriving family members are required to bring multiple personal protective equipment (PPE), such as non-medical masks. Please note you will be required to wear fresh PPE upon entry to the airport. Therefore, you must replace the mask you wear during your flight with a fresh one.
  • Bring hand sanitizer to use throughout your travel.
  • Determine what your quarantine plan will be.
  • It is highly recommended that you purchase a Georgian quarantine package if you are coming to Canada.
  • You and your co-arriving family members are responsible for covering the cost of everything needed during quarantine (including accommodations, food and hygiene products).
  • Review Georgian’s quarantine checklist.
  • You must be prepared to check in with Georgian upon arrival.
  • You and your co-arriving family members need to plan to travel directly to place of quarantine, while wearing a non-medical mask, maintaining as much distance as possible within the vehicle from the driver, and if possible having the vehicle window partially open.
  • You and your co-arriving family members must provide your own meals, groceries, necessities and other personal items, and arrange to have them delivered to your place of quarantine. You will not be able to leave your residence to do shopping or errands while you are in quarantine.

Quarantine plan

It is your responsibility as a student or co-arriving family member to present a self-quarantine plan to border officials upon arrival in Canada.

You must complete your Georgian quarantine period before starting your in-person courses, so please schedule your arrival into Canada accordingly.

Print out a page with your self-quarantine plan and keep a copy on your mobile device at all times. Your self-quarantine plan must include: 

  • the address and contact info of your self-quarantine accommodations;
  • how your plan to travel directly to place of quarantine, while wearing a non-medical mask, maintaining as much distance as possible within the vehicle from the driver, and if possible having the vehicle window partially open.
  • how you will have access to food and water without leaving your place (such as grocery or meal delivery); and
  • how you will access essential services and medical care.
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Georgian quarantine packages

We highly recommend any student coming to Canada to attend Georgian College purchase a Georgian quarantine package. These packages will help you with everything you need to quarantine properly. To book your quarantine package, please complete the booking form on the Maple Assist website. If your travel date is within five days, please email gcarrivalservice@mapleassist.com.

Packages include:

  • accommodations for the remainder of your Georgian quarantine period
  • private transportation from hotel stopover to accommodations
  • early arrival insurance (as needed)
  • Canadian SIM card for mobile phone
  • universal power adapter
  • welcome bag from Georgian (includes sanitizer, toilet paper, mask, gloves, notebook pen and more)

Package options:

Georgian College on-campus residence, Barrie: $995 CAD (tax included)

Residence quarantine kit included, which contains: disinfectant wipes, hand soap, garbage bags, toilet paper (six-pack), paper towel (single roll), mug, pillow, double sheet set, duvet, pandemic kit

Holiday Inn, Barrie: $1,745 CAD (tax included)

If your quarantine extends past 14-days, you can purchase additional days for a daily fee.

Private quarantine plan

If you do not wish to purchase a Georgian quarantine package, you can book your private transfer and self-quarantine accommodations on your own. However, your private plan must meet the Government guideline requirements which include wearing a non-medical mask, travelling directly to place of quarantine, maintaining as much distance as possible within the vehicle from the driver, and if possible, having the vehicle window partially open.

You cannot leave your self-quarantine location until your quarantine period is over (this includes not going to classes or going to get food). You must provide your own meals, groceries, necessities and other personal items, and arrange to have them delivered to your place of quarantine. You will not be able to leave your residence to do shopping or errands while you are in quarantine. 

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Health and safety

When you travel to Canada make sure to follow safety regulations and plan for transportation which complies with the Government of Canada and public health requirements:

  • If you are experience any COVID-19 related symptoms, you cannot travel.
  • If you feel ill while traveling, please advise the flight attendant or border authorities.
  • Wash your hands frequently while travelling and use hand sanitizer when you don’t have access to soap and water.
  • Make sure you maintain physical distancing by keeping at least two metres away from other people while travelling.
  • You must wear a personal protective equipment (PPE), such as non-medical mask, at all times. At the airport you will need to put on a fresh PPE.
  • Visit the Transport Canada website for more information and learn more about the face covering requirements for air travellers.
  • Once you arrive at your port of entry you must provide Georgian with feedback that you have landed, are using the required PPE, and report whether or not you are experiencing COVID-19 related symptoms.
  • Travel directly to place of quarantine, while wearing a non-medical mask, maintaining as much distance as possible within the vehicle from the driver, and if possible having the vehicle window partially open. If you have not purchased a Georgian quarantine package you can contact us at quarantinesupport@georgiancollege.ca to arrange private transportation.

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All travelers must reserve a government-authorized hotel for three nights, prior to departure. You will take a COVID-19 test on arrival, at the airport. You will then stay in the government-authorized hotel (that you pre-booked) while awaiting the results of the COVID-19 test. You are responsible for the cost of the hotel, food and all associated costs. You must present proof of having reserved and pre-paid for your accommodation through ArriveCAN upon arrival to Canada. You will still be required to complete the remainder of the mandatory 14-day quarantine after their mandatory hotel stopover. For more information please visit the Government of Canada website.

International students and co-arriving immediate family members MUST self-quarantine for the Georgian quarantine period upon arrival to Canada. Self-quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms. People in quarantine must stay home, separate themselves from others and monitor their health.  

The Government of Canada has issued an emergency order under the Quarantine Act which applies to everyone. Failure to comply with this order is an offence under the Quarantine Act and will result in applicable charges, which may include $750,000 in fines and/or six months in prison. Read more information on applicable charges. This is each student’s and co-arriving family members responsibility. 

We highly recommend you purchase a Georgian quarantine package to help you with your self-quarantine. During your Georgian quarantine period, make sure you: 

  • do not leave your self-quarantine location until your quarantine period is over (this includes not going to classes or going to get food)
  • check in with Georgian on a daily basis to inform us of how your quarantine is going and whether or not you are experiencing any symptoms
  • do not leave your place of quarantine unless it is to seek medical attention;
  • do not use public transportation (e.g. bus, taxi, subway, Uber, Lyft, etc.);
  • do not have visitors;
  • do not go to school, work or any other public areas;
  • arrange for all necessities to be delivered to your place of quarantine (e.g. food, medication, cleaning supplies, etc.), you will not be able to leave your residence to do shopping or errands while you are in quarantine;
  • follow the instructions provided by Public Health Canada: How to quarantine; and
  • continually self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms.

Accessing food during self-isolation

Here are some ways to access food during your Georgian quarantine period.  Make sure to bring an online payment method as you cannot leave your quarantine location. Major credit cards or debit cards are accepted by many online vendors.

Grocery delivery

  • Instacart app (choose from a range of stores including Zehrs, Loblaws, Walmart and Shopper’s Drug Mart)
  • Speedy Delivery app

Take-out food delivery

  • Skip The Dishes app (usable without Canadian phone number)
  • Uber Eats app (local phone number required for registration)
  • Door Dash app (local phone number required for registration)

Meal kit delivery (kitchen required)

Generally speaking, ordering take-out food can be expensive. Be prepared to order some grocery items to make your own meals. You can even bring some ready-to-eat food from home to save some money.

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Information about exiting your quarantine

  • Complete the day eight COVID-19 test kit and submit as instructed.
  • After submitting the day eight COVID-19 test kit, you must remain in quarantine until you get a negative test result and continue to check in daily until you share your negative test result with Georgian, unless Public Health advises otherwise. 
  • Once you receive your COVID-19 test results, you must share your test result with Georgian College. 
    • Once you share your negative test result and have completed the 14-day quarantine, you can exit your quarantine.
    • If your test result is positive, you must also share this result and obtain instructions from Public Health. 

How to submit your  COVID-19 test result 

Follow these instructions and use your Georgian OneDrive account to share your documents . Using the OneDrive account will help ensure the privacy and security of your information. Please do not directly attach the document to your email. If you receive your results verbally, you may also submit a special form that can be obtained from quarantine team. 

  • Read Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit’s information on how to stop the spread of COVID-19
  • Limit your close contacts (the people you can hug and touch without physical distancing) to only those people within your own household and maintain two metres (six feet) physical distancing from everyone else. 
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer. 
  • Wear personal protective equipment (PPE), such as a non-medical mask, in all indoor public spaces such as businesses, organizations, or riding on public transit. You must wear PPE also whenever physical distancing is a challenge, including outdoor spaces. Make sure it fits. Learn how to wear it properly and follow the dos and don’ts.   
  • Read Georgian’s protocol for the prevention of COVID-19 and adhere to it at all times. 
  • Make sure to stay safe and healthy by reviewing Georgian’s FAQ about COVID-19

Monitor your health for signs of COVID-19 

You must monitor your own health, both during and after your quarantine and follow the recommendations. If you have COVID-19 symptoms or know or suspect that you have been in contact with someone with COVID-19, you must follow the requirements of public health authorities including those set out at the following websites: 

Physical and mental health supports 

Physical and mental health, as well as other supports, are available to you through Georgian College both during and after your Georgian quarantine period and information about these supports can be found in the student portal

Following are free additional resources available from   organizations external to Georgian: 

Social stigma associated with COVID-19 

You must review the information about stigma associated with COVID-19 and at all times, treat everyone, including those people who have contracted COVID-19, with respect and in compliance with Georgian’s policies. 

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  • Phones and phone plans
  • Using your guard.me policy number, sign up for mobile doctor for remote doctor appointments
  • Use the self-assessment tool and call Telehealth (1.866.797.0000) if you suspect that you may have COVID-19 
  • Banking/ finances
    • To activate your GIC account, please contact your bank. Please make sure to bring sufficient cash and/or an international travel credit card with you, as you may not be able to access your GIC immediately.
  • Georgian College contacts
    • If you have any questions or concerns regarding the new term dates or your transition to Canada, please contact us by emailing quarantinesupport@georgiancollege.ca or call us at 705.728.1968, ext.1218.
  • To help you prepare for your arrival in Canada, please join us for live chats.
    • Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays on Instagram at noon (EST)
  • Additional bursaries may be available to support students facing barriers in meeting quarantine requirements. Learn more about financial assistance.

 

Join us for a live chat session

Tune in live with Georgian’s International Centre

We understand that social distancing can bring social isolation. To help keep us all connected, Georgian’s International Centre is hosting live chat sessions over Instagram for you to ask questions or just join us to chat. The sessions will be 30 minutes each, three times a week.

Join us on Instagram on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at noon (EST)!

FAQs: Upcoming semesters

Do I need to comply with Georgian’s quarantine process now that the Canadian federal government has eased some quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated travellers?Georgian College Chevron

Although federal quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated people coming into Canada are easing July 5 11:59 IST, Georgian’s quarantine policy under the Designated Learning Institutions (DLI) quarantine program will remain in place. Students are responsible for understanding federal requirements, as well as complying with Georgian College’s quarantine process. We strongly suggest students book the Georgian quarantine package with our partner, Maple Assist, as it is fully refundable should quarantine requirements change.

What is Georgian doing about the travel ban from India?Georgian College Chevron

The Government of Canada has recently extended the announced ban on direct flights from India until July 21, 2021, at 23:59 EDT. The government has also extended the requirement for air passengers who depart India or Pakistan to Canada, via an indirect route, to obtain a COVID-19 pre-departure test from a third country before continuing their journey to Canada. 

We understand this announcement will leave many of our international students who are planning to arrive in Canada and continue studies at Georgian this summer semester with questions and uncertainty. 

If you are in a fully remote delivery program, you can continue your classes without any impact. 

If you have questions regarding your flights, please check with your airline. For questions related to your hotel stopover booking, please contact your hotel directly. 

If you have booked the Georgian College quarantine package, please note that the package is fully refundable or can be rescheduled to a later date. For any further inquiries, please contact gcarrivalservice@mapleassist.com

For any other questions, please reach out to quarantinesupport@georgiancollege.ca.

For students beginning their studies in September, we will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as needed. 

I am an international applicant and need to submit the results of my English language proficiency. What methods of English language proficiency does Georgian accept?Georgian College Chevron

As a temporary option, Georgian is offering an online test so you don’t have to travel to a testing centre. The Duolingo English Test is an English proficiency test that can be taken online, on-demand, for a fee paid by the student. Results should be directed to Georgian College to assess with your application. The college reserves the right to add additional testing upon arrival on campus to ensure that learning is supported appropriately. Note that the Student Direct Stream (SDS) program requires IELTS results. IRCC has not yet clarified if alternate test results will be acceptable under SDS.

What is the Georgian quarantine period?Georgian College Chevron

Upon arrival in Canada, it is the 14 days you must stay in quarantine plus the number of days it takes to obtain a written negative COVID-19 test result (unless Public Health advises otherwise).

FAQs: Finance and Fees

Is Georgian providing any financial assistance to international students arriving in Canada?Georgian College Chevron

Georgian has been developing and implementing various financial supports for students since the start of the pandemic to help alleviate the financial pressures faced by our students as a result of COVID-19. This includes the COVID Hardship Bursary which has been available to all eligible students each semester since May 2020, as well as discounted rates for quarantine packages since August 2020. 

Students arriving in Canada now are facing additional costs as a result of the federal government’s mandatory three-day hotel stopover upon arrival in Canada. 

To assist our international students who are arriving, we’re offering the following means of financial assistance: 

International students, registered for summer 2021 semester, with remote learning only 

  1. Up to $500 through Georgian’s COVID Hardship Bursary. This bursary will be open to eligible domestic and international students who are enrolled in a regular, full-time postsecondary program for the summer semester and demonstrate an urgent financial need. You can apply between June 1 and June 15. Learn more on the student portal
  2. Discounted rate for the Georgian quarantine packages. The regular cost of the residence quarantine package would be $1,722.35 but your cost is $995. The residence package also includes three free meals per day valued at $260. 
    The regular cost for the Holiday Inn hotel quarantine package would be $2,311.75 but your cost is $1,745. 

International students, registered for summer 2021 semester, with an in-person learning component 

  1. Up to $500 to assist with the cost of the federal government’s mandatory hotel stop-over upon arrival in Canada. This is a three-night stopover at a pre-booked government-authorized hotel. This Order in Council is currently in effect until May 21, 2021. 
  2. Up to $300 to assist with the cost of the Georgian quarantine package in either the Georgian College on-campus residence or the Holiday Inn. 
  3. Discounted rate for the Georgian quarantine packages. The regular cost of the residence quarantine package would be $1,722.35 but your cost is $995. The residence package also includes three free meals per day valued at $260. 
    The regular cost for the Holiday Inn hotel quarantine package would be $2,311.75 but your cost is $1,745.  
  4. Up to $500 through Georgian’s COVID Hardship Bursary. This bursary will be open to eligible domestic and international students who are enrolled in a regular, full-time postsecondary program for the summer semester and demonstrate an urgent financial need. You can apply between June 1 and June 15. Learn more on the student portal.  

To be eligible for the hotel and Georgian quarantine package bursaries, you must: 

  • Be registered in a program with an in-person learning component in summer 2021 semester beyond the add/drop deadline (May 28). 
  • Have a Canadian Social Insurance Number (SIN #) for tax purposes. More info can be found on the student portal
  • Complete your commitment form on the Georgian Assist app before travelling to Canada. 
  • Complete the Georgian Quarantine Period and exit the 14-day quarantine protocol successfully, including a negative COVID-19 test on day 10. Learn more about exiting the quarantine

How you’ll receive your funding for the new bursary 

If you meet the above eligibility and completion requirement, after day 10 of summer semester you’ll receive payment in one of two ways: 

  1. If you have a balance owing, the money will go toward it in your Banner student account. 
  2. If you don’t have a balance owing, the credit will be refunded to you by email transfer. It will be sent to your Georgian student email.  

Questions? 

For more information, please email quarantinesupport@georgiancollege.ca.  

Can I get a full refund of my tuition deposit if I withdraw my application?Georgian College Chevron

Should you decide not to proceed with your education and training as a result of the additional costs resulting from Georgian College’s COVID-19 plans, including those relating to the Georgian College’s Quarantine Package, you will be eligible for a refund of any fees in accordance with the refund policy.

I lost my job. Can I apply for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)?Georgian College Chevron

The benefit will be available to workers:

  • residing in Canada, who are at least 15 years old (this includes international students);
  • who have stopped working because of COVID-19 and have not voluntarily quit their job or are eligible for EI regular or sickness benefits;
  • who had income of at least $5,000 in 2019 or in the 12 months prior to the date of their application; and
  • who are, or expect to be, without employment or self-employment income for at least 14 consecutive days in the initial four-week period. For subsequent benefit periods, they expect to have no employment or self-employment income.

Apply for the CERB online.

FAQs: Immigration and travel

Is Georgian a designated learning institution (DLI) with a COVID-19 readiness plan approved?Georgian College Chevron

Yes, as of Nov. 17, 2020, Georgian College is on IRCC’s approved DLI list. Please read IRCC’s travel information as well as the Government of Canada’s quarantine requirements. For more information, please visit Georgian’s quarantine resources page.

Does Georgian provide a travel support letter? Georgian College Chevron

As Georgian College is a DLI with an approved COVID-19 readiness plan, students are no longer required to have a travel support letter to travel. However, Georgian College will provide a quarantine commitment letter which you can show the border services agents. You will receive the letter after you have submitted your mandatory quarantine commitment form and the plan has been reviewed and approved. Generally, the quarantine commitment letter is issued about one to three days prior to students’ arrival date. 

Can I share the 11 nights in quarantine with someone else? Georgian College Chevron

Please note, under Georgian College Quarantine guidelines submitted to and approved by the Ministry of Ontario, students cannot share the 11 days quarantine with anybody other than the family member that travelled together. 

Sharing your quarantine with anybody other than your family members that travelled together is a subject of non-compliance action, which includes your letter of acceptance being revoked. This means you will no longer be a student of Georgian.

This means you can’t share a house with separate rooms. You cannot share any living spaces at all for the full 11 nights. You must be in your own contained hotel room, suite or apartment completely separate from anyone. 

I have an Approval in Principle (AIP) and have started my studies remotely from outside of Canada. How can I get my co-op work permit? Georgian College Chevron

It is recommended that you apply for the co-op work permit at the same time as your study permit, before you enter Canada. Whenever you enter Canada and receive your study permit, you should also receive your co-op work permit at the same time.   

Your co-op work permit will have the same expiry date as your study permit.   

Connect with your co-op consultant if you have questions about completing your co-op semester.  

Pay close attention to the key semester deadlines to help guide your decisions moving forward. Visit Georgian’s coronavirus update page for more information. 

I’m a new student and my study permit is still in process. What can I do?  Georgian College Chevron

IRCC continues to process applications submitted online, even if the Visa Application Centre in your country may be closed.  On July 14, 2020, IRCC announced temporary policy changes to facilitate online learning for international students. The new measures provide priority study-permit processing for students who have submitted a complete application online, and introduce a temporary two-stage approval process for incomplete applications, to ensure that permits are processed as quickly as possible.  

Check with your local Visa Application Centre for details on your application and make sure to keep up to date on COVID-19 updates in your country and in Canada.   

Pay close attention to the key semester deadlines to help guide your decisions moving forward. Visit Georgian’s coronavirus update page for more information. 

A study permit is not required to take online courses from abroad in most programs. If you  applied for a study permit before you started your program, you may still be able to count time spent pursuing your studies online abroad toward a post-graduation work permit  For full details, see how your PGWPP eligibility is affected. 

For students already in Canada, a valid study permit is required if the program length is more than six months. Students already in Canada must apply to extend their study permit to continue their studies in Canada and maintain the temporary resident status even if their program has been shifted to an online format. 

  

Am I able to travel back to my home country? Will I be allowed back into Canada afterwards?  Georgian College Chevron

View travel exemptions and restrictions for international students

If you’re already studying in Canada and you leave, to be able to enter back as a student, you must: 

  • have a valid study permit or a letter of introduction that shows you were approved for a study permit
    • some students will leave with a valid study permit, but will have to request a new one because current permit expired at home
  • be attending a designated learning institution (DLI) with a COVID-19 readiness plan approved by its province or territory 
  • you must have either an eTA or TRV (temporary resident visa) if applicable, along with your passport

As of Nov. 17, 2020, Georgian College is on the IRCC’s approved DLI list.     

If planning to travel home, you should also be reviewing the travel restrictions and requirements for your home country to determine if it’s possible at this time.    

If you plan to travel home and return to Georgian College as an international student, you must also: 

  • show evidence registration at a DLI (such as Georgian College) which has a formally approved COVID-19 readiness plan. 
    • For this evidence, you will need to request a recent enrolment letter from the student portal. You must not owe any fees to the college to request this letter.     
  • provide proof of your ability to complete the quarantine for 14 days as soon as you arrive at your final destination. Check the  
    • This is mandatory even if you have no symptoms. The border services officer will also be assessing whether you have time to complete your quarantine before you physically attend classes, or can study online during your quarantine. It is not recommended that you arrive much more than 14 days in advance of your program beginning.  

Other important details related to travelling to Canada and planning for your quarantine can be reviewed in the above students coming to Canada section.  Requirements are always changing so be sure to review the latest updates.    

Students returning to Canada while on a scheduled break  or to apply for the PGWPP only, will need to review the travel exemptions carefully and consider whether it is absolutely necessary. There is always a risk to travel to Canada and this is heightened if your need to be in Canada is not essential.   

If your medical exam expires while you are abroad, please contact the Canadian Embassy responsible for your country to obtain further instructions. Students travelling back home with an expired or soon to be expired medical exam performed by IRCC panel physician (doctor) may face challenges in getting a medical exam upfront in their home country, if required to do so. Medical exams are valid for up to 12 months.  

The border services officer will determine if you’re eligible to enter Canada as a student.   

Am I able to travel to Canada now? When should I come to Canada?Georgian College Chevron

Review up-to-date travel exemptions and restrictions for international students. 

Entry into Canada 

To be able to enter Canada as a student, you must meet two requirements: 

  1. You must have a valid study permit or a letter of introduction that shows you were approved for a study permit. 
  2. You must be attending a designated learning institution (DLI) with a COVID-19 readiness plan approved by its province or territory. Georgian College has been approved for the readiness plan. 

All your time studying online outside Canada between spring 2020 and Dec. 31, 2021, counts toward the length of a PGWP. This applies even if you’re completing two study programs. Read more about the affects to the PGWPP on the IRCC website

You must bring: 

  • a valid study permit or a port of entry letter of introduction that shows you were approved for a study permit 
  • a valid letter of acceptance from a DLI with a COVID-19 readiness plan approved by its province or territory 
  • proof that you have enough money to support yourself and any family members who come with you to Canada 

You must also show:   

  • evidence of registration at a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) (such as Georgian College) which has a formally approved COVID-19 readiness plan. For this evidence, you will need to request a recent enrolment letter from the student portal. You must not owe any fees to the college to request this letter.    
  • demonstrate proof of your ability to complete the quarantine for 14 days as soon as you arrive at your final destination. This is mandatory even if you have no symptoms. The border services officer will also be assessing whether you have time to complete your quarantine before you physically attend classes, or can study online during your quarantine. It is not recommended that you arrive much more than 14 days in advance of your program beginning.    

A border services officer will make the final decision on whether you’re eligible to enter Canada when you arrive. 

When you travel to Canada and quarantine requirements  

Refer to the students coming to Canada section above to review important information about travel and planning for your quarantine.   

  

  

How will taking my courses online affect my eligibility for the post-graduate work permit program?Georgian College Chevron

On Feb. 12, IRCC announced flexibility on eligibility rules for the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP) for students who need or want to start their academic studies online from abroad. These eligibility rules apply to students who:

  • have been enrolled in a program that was in progress in March 2020, or
  • have started or will start a program between spring 2020 and fall 2021 

To be sure you are eligible for these measures, read the latest details on the IRRC website.  All students must eventually be approved for a study permit. 

Do I need to provide biometrics for my application during COVID-19?  Georgian College Chevron

Read the most recent updates on providing biometrics on the IRCC website. You can select your location as either inside or outside of Canada to determine the process for you.  

How do I get immigration assistance, including connecting with a student immigration advisor or attending an immigration information session, while the college is closed?Georgian College Chevron

We are here to help. Immigration appointments and information sessions will be provided virtually, by telephone or through video conferencing (WebEx) for all campuses. To request an appointment with a student immigration advisor or register for an immigration information session (e.g. study permit extension, post-grad work permit, TRV, co-op work permit) visit immigration support in the student portal. For other inquiries, please email immigrationsupport@georgiancollege.ca.

Where do I find the latest Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) updates related to COVID-19?Georgian College Chevron

As information is changing rapidly, please visit the latest FAQs on the IRCC website for the most recent updates.

The work integrated learning component for my program (i.e. clinical/practicum) has been deferred. Do I need to extend my permits? Georgian College Chevron

International students require a valid study permit and co-op work permit in order to complete work-integrated learning. If your permits expire before your new completion date, we recommend that you apply to extend your permits soon or before the expiry. Keep in mind that your permits should be valid for 90 days after your new expected completion date to have eligibility to apply for the work permit within Canada.

Can I go in person to the Canada/USA border to apply for a study permit or work permit? Georgian College Chevron

Non-essential travel between Canada and the USA is currently suspended. Travelling to the US-Canada border to apply for a work or study permit is considered non-essential travel andyou’ll be turned away from the border if you attempt to do so. 

Can I work off campus if my semester program has been suspended or cancelled and I’m in Canada? Georgian College Chevron

No, you cannot work off campus if you are not currently studying and registered in an academic program. One of the requirements of the off-campus work eligibility criteria states that you must have started studying. Therefore, you are only eligible once your program begins. 

How do I apply for a co-op work permit?Georgian College Chevron

If your program requires you to complete a work experience as an integral part of your studies (co-op, internship, placement, clinical, field placement, industry placement, etc.) then you will need a separate co-op work permit to complete this component. Similar to a study permit, international students are responsible for applying for a co-op work permit. 

Important information:

  1. You must have your co-op work permit in your hands to begin your work integrated learning component .
  2. If you are inside of Canada and need help to apply, sign up for a remote session.  
  3. Check processing times for inside of Canada.

Please read the following scenarios to determine which steps apply to you. 

Scenario one

Q: I’m a new student currently in my home country and my program requires a co-op work permit. How can I get this?

A: Co-op work permit should be requested together with the initial study permit highly recommended. 

As part of your initial visa application from your home country, you (or your agent) should have requested a co-op work permit along with your study permit. If you worked with an agent, you may want to verify this with them. 

Your Letter of Acceptance will clearly indicate if work is an integral part of your studies. When you arrive at the port of entry the CBSA officer should issue both a study permit and co-op work permit at this time. If you did not request both permits in your initial application, you may still want to inform the CBSA officer that you also require a co-op work permit for your program as indicated in your Letter of Acceptance. 

If you are not issued the co-op work permit at the port of entry, you can apply for it once within Canada.  

Scenario two

Q: I’m a registered student with a valid study permit, but I’m currently in my home country studying online and need a co-op work permit for a future semester. How can I apply for this? 

A: If you were not issued the co-op work permit upon your initial entry to Canada, you will have to wait until you return to Canada to apply for it. If this is your situation, please sign up for a remote information session international student assessment form to learn how to apply online. 

To prove that you are a registered student returning to Canada, request your enrolment letter to present to the officer at the port of entry. 

Scenario three

Q: I’m a registered student with a valid study permit, currently in Canada, and need a co-op work permit for a future semester. How can I apply for this? 

A: Attend a remote information session to learn how to apply for your co-op work permit within Canada. You can sign up by registering for a remote session on the student portal.  

Due to long processing times, students are advised to apply for their work permit several months prior to the first work term and ensure that the study and working status in Canada is valid at all times. 

How do I apply for a Social Insurance Number (SIN)?Georgian College Chevron

You can apply for a SIN online. Check the online application guide to understand the process and apply.

You can also apply for a SIN in person. You must check if the nearest Service Canada location is open and make an appointment in advance to apply.

What should I do if my study permit expires when I am outside Canada? Georgian College Chevron

If you have left Canada and your study permit will expire while you are outside Canada, you will need to apply for a new study permit, not an extension.  

You will not have implied status. You can only begin a new program after you have been approved of a new study permit. To avoid applying for a new study permit, make sure your study permit is valid for the duration of your program.  

If you decide to apply for your study permit from outside Canada: 

  1. You must apply for a new study permit through a Visa Office that serves your country of nationality or residence. 
  2. You can apply for your study permit online or by paper application at your closest Visa Application Center (VAC). 
  3. You must read the Instruction Guide and complete the IMM 1294 form for outside Canada application (Application for Study permit Made Outside of Canada).  
  4. You may have to provide biometrics. 
  5. If your study permit expires while you are outside of Canada, you will only be authorized to resume your studies once your new study permit has been issued to you at a port of entry. 
How can I apply for my post-graduation work permit?  Georgian College Chevron

You may be eligible to apply for an open work permit under the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP).  

We recommend that you apply online. You must apply within 90 days of having received your Official Letter of Completion.  

Read more how PGWP eligibility may be affected due to COVID on the IRCC website.  

Apply for the PGWP inside Canada or overseas 

Learn more about applying for the PGWP.  

Before you can apply for the PGWP, you will need an official letter of completion to show that you’ve completed your program(s) of study, as well as an official Transcript   
 
You will receive both documents in your document hub on the student portal once you have been deemed a graduate.  
 
If you completed two programs, we recommend that you prepare a letter of explanation along with your two letters of completion and official transcript. The letter of explanation should briefly outline what two programs you studied, the length of each program (e.g. one year), the Designated Learning Institution (DLI) number of the two programs and how many years you studied in total (i.e. I have studied a total of two years). We suggest that you include this letter as a .PDF file with your application. 
 
Be sure to include any official letters from the college that explain any gaps in studies (i.e. authorized leave letter).  

For students inside of Canada, sign up for a remote session
 
For the most current information, contact Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) at ww.canada.ca or call 1.888.242.2100 (Monday to Friday). 

How might the PGWP be impacted if my study permit is refused after I have started studying outside of Canada? Georgian College Chevron

Time spent studying outside of Canada can be counted towards the overall length of the post-graduation work permit until Dec. 31, 2021. Any time spent studying outside of Canada after Dec. 31, 2021 should be deducted from the length of the post-graduation work permit. 

All other program criteria and requirements must be met. Read more about PGWPP eligibility.

Note: In cases where a study permit application is submitted before a program starts but is refused, if a subsequent study permit application is received before the end of the program and is eventually approved, the studies undertaken after the first study permit application was received by the department count towards the length of the PGWP. 

If your AIP is refused, you may choose to continue to stay registered and complete your academic semester remotely in the majority of the programs areas, without a study permit.   

If considering to withdraw, pay close attention to the key semester deadlines to help guide your decision moving forward. 

If you decide to apply for a study permit at a later time, it will be important that you understand the reason for your visa rejection in order to strengthen your application.    

IRCC may have refused your application if you didn’t:   

  1. show proof that you have enough money to support yourself while studying in Canada;
  2. pass your medical exam, if you needed to get one;
  3. convince the visa officer that your main purpose in Canada is to study; or 
  4. convince the visa officer that you’ll leave Canada at the end of your study period.

If you have questions about why you were refused, contact the visa office that sent you the refusal letter.  

Find information on applying for a study permit by visiting the IRCC website. We recommend that you seek the advice of an immigration professional in your home country to provide any country-specific guidance.    

I have been asked to provide proof of enrolment and a transcript. How can I request these remotely? Georgian College Chevron

Enrolment letter

If you’re currently registered and don’t owe fees on your account, you should be able to request an enrolment letter through the Document Hub on the student portal.

Click REQUEST LETTER and then select your term. The enrolment letter will be automatically generated and should appear in your Document Hub within 48 hours. 

Make sure you are checking your start date and completion date for accuracy.  

Transcript

Unofficial transcripts

For an unofficial transcript, access your Banner account and select Unofficial transcript. This is a free copy of your transcript.

Official transcripts

There are three ways to request an official transcript from Georgian. The method you use to make your transcript request will depend on your status at the college and who you are sending the transcript to. Access the transcripts webpage to determine your course of action.

  

FAQs: Academics

I am looking for support for remote learning. Are there any resources I can reference?Georgian College Chevron

Georgian College has assembled a remote learning tool kit. You can also read through a prepared guide for students on the 21 ways to adjust to remote learning.

Where can I find information on this semester’s classes or tests?Georgian College Chevron

Please check your course announcements on Blackboard for more information specific to your class and contact your teacher if you have questions.

What college services can I access right now?Georgian College Chevron

Georgian College student service information outlines student service availability and contact information during the campus closure.

FAQs: Housing

Visit the housing website for the most updated information or email intlhousing@georgiancollege.ca if you have any additional questions related to housing.

When I arrive in Canada, am I required to self-isolate for 14 days?Georgian College Chevron

Yes. It is a mandatory requirement from the Government of Canada to self-isolate for 14 days. For details about the requirement, visit to the Government of Canada’s website. This is why you MUST arrange accommodations before arriving in Canada, go to the quarantine location immediately and follow the rules.

It is each student’s responsibility to arrange housing and quarantine. Read more details under the immigration and travel FAQs.

Are there any changes or updates to housing rules? Where can I find out more?Georgian College Chevron

Yes. There have been temporary changes made to residential rental processes. You can find out more about this, including supporting information, on the province of Ontario’s website.

FAQs: 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?
I think I am ill. What should I do?Georgian College Chevron

Mobile Doctor should be the first place to go if you feel sick. If you have not signed up, use your guard.me insurance policy number to¯sign up for free.

If you suspect that you may have COVID-19, use Ontario’s self-assessment tool to self-assess and seek advice.

Make sure to check the health-care provider’s website or contact them directly to find out more about their hours of operations and how the services can be accessed.

Barrie walk-in clinic: https://barriewalkinclinics.ca/

I would like to speak to someone. Who do I contact?Georgian College Chevron

There are ways for you to reach out to different services including our college counselling service:

Where can I get information about COVID-19 vaccinations?Georgian College Chevron

Please visit Georgian’s COVID-19 webpage for the latest vaccination information.

Additional resources

Government of Canada

Government of Canada COVID-19 updates:

  • Canada’s response
  • travel advice
  • symptoms and treatment
  • prevention and risk

Ontario Ministry of Health

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information sheets:

  • available in 28 languages
  • about the virus
  • how they can protect themselves
  • what to do if you think you have the virus

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 (IRCC)

Coronavirus special measures:

  • temporary and permanent residents affected by COVID-19
  • applicants affected by COVID-19
  • travel restrictions

Connect with us

Georgian Canada

Contact information

International Centre
705.728.1968, ext. 1218
international@georgiancollege.ca

All international contact information

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.