The following provides information on some of the key questions for international students who are planning to study at Mount Allison this fall.
If you cannot find the answer to your question below, please contact our international student advisor at firstname.lastname@example.org
I have been admitted to Mount Allison. Can I apply for my study permit now?
Yes. As soon as you are admitted to Mount A, you should apply online for an initial study permit so that you are in the queue for processing. After you apply, you may be asked to submit biometrics (photo and fingerprints) which may not be possible to do right now, but we expect that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will account for these delays and will process study permits as quickly as possible.
The current travel restrictions will not prevent your study permit application from being processed.
See the latest IRCC updates on study permits.
What impact is the pandemic having on processing times?
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is continuing to process applications. The processing times posted on the IRCC website are estimates based on the average processing time for an application; however, they do not accurately reflect disruptions caused by COVID-19. We expect that IRCC will account for these delays and will process study permits as quickly as possible.
Check the IRCC processing times for your application.
I need to provide biometrics. How does this impact my application?
All biometrics collection services in Canada and the U.S. are suspended until further notice, and some Visa Application Centres (VACs) outside of Canada are temporarily closed. If you haven't been able to give your biometrics due to a service disruption, IRCC is giving applicants an extension until the biometrics collection sites reopen — you do not need to request a new Biometrics Instruction Letter.
Some visa application centres (VACs) are starting to reopen, so be sure check the VAC website closest to you so you can book an appointment to give biometrics as soon as you're able.
Find out more on giving biometrics.
I am a new student starting in September and my courses are all online. If I am unable to travel Canada due to travel restrictions, can I start my program online from outside of Canada?
You may begin your program online from outside of Canada, even if your study permit application has not been processed yet. We are working on offering as many courses as possible in an alternative delivery format. Please see the Registrar's Office webpage for a list of all courses without prerequisites (open to first year students) and the corresponding delivery method. If you need assistance with your course selection, please contact one of Mount Allison's academic advisors at email@example.com
As outlined on the IRCC website: "If you have a study permit, or have been approved for a study permit for a program starting in the spring, summer, or fall, but you can't travel to Canada at this time due to travel restrictions, you're also still eligible for the PGWP." (updated June 11, 2020)
Due to COVID-19, there are frequent changes in Canada's immigration policies, which may have different implications for new and current international students. It is important that you fully understand the COVID-19 Updates from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada and how the new rules are affecting you and your studies in Canada. Contact our international student advisor, Christa Maston, for personal assistance with your immigration situation: firstname.lastname@example.org
Will international students be required to self-isolate for 14 days?
According to current federal and provincial regulations, international and out-of-province students arriving in New Brunswick will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. The Province of New Brunswick offers more information on requirements for international and interprovincial travellers.
The University will support residence students to enable them to safely self-isolate on campus. Mount Allison is currently evaluating options to assist returning off-campus students with quarantine. Once we know what we can and cannot do to assist students, details will be posted here.
Currently, international students with study permits approved prior to March 18, 2020, are allowed to travel to Canada. Students with study permits approved after March 18, 2020, are currently subject to the Canadian travel restrictions. Please stay informed with travel restrictions:
- Province of New Brunswick travel information for international and interprovincial travellers
- Government of Canada COVID-19 Travel restrictions
Can international students who are abroad travel to Canada?
If you have a study permit, or if you have a Letter of Introduction (study permit approval) that was issued on or before March 18, 2020, you are able to travel to Canada by air or land and be exempt from the current travel restrictions.
You'll need to present the following at the airport or land crossing:
- A valid study permit or a letter of introduction (study permit approval) dated on or before March 18, 2020 (note: not required for students traveling directly from the U.S.)
- Proof that you are traveling for the essential (non-optional) purpose of studying in Canada (contact the international student advisor at email@example.com for a confirmation of enrolment letter to meet this requirement)
- A quarantine plan
You should not travel if you are planning to come to Canada for purposes other than studies, even if you have valid documents.
Like all travellers to Canada, international students exempt from travel restrictions must travel with a non-medical mask or face covering if arriving by air and must self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival in Canada.
My initial study permit was approved after March 18 — can I travel to Canada?
If your Letter of Introduction (study permit approval) was issued after March 18, 2020, or you do not have a valid study permit, you are not exempt from the travel restrictions and will NOT be considered essential travel to Canada.
You should not travel to Canada until further notice from the Canadian government.
Follow the latest updates on travel restrictions due to COVID-19.
My study permit will expire soon. What should I do?
IF YOU ARE IN CANADA
You can apply to extend your study permit online as usual. You must submit your study permit extension application before your current study permit expires. Contact Mount Allison's international student advisor for more information on preparing your online study permit extension application: firstname.lastname@example.org
You will have "implied status" if you've applied for a new study permit but your old study permit expired while you are waiting for a new one. In this case, you'll be able to remain in Canada until a decision is made on your new application.
IF YOU ARE OUTSIDE OF CANADA
You can apply online for a new study permit from outside of Canada. Review our step-by-step initial study permit guide for applications from outside of Canada. Contact Mount Allison's international student advisor for more information on preparing your online study permit application as a returning student: email@example.com. If you require a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV), it will be issued automatically after your application has been approved.
See the IRCC's latest updates on immigration applications.