International Student COVID-19 FAQ

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Study permit and work

My program has been moved online. Will this impact my study permit?

No. IRCC has confirmed that if your program was moved online due to COVID-19, the conditions and eligibility of your study permit are not affected.

You can request a COVID-19 Mode of Delivery letter which outlines how your program and classes were impacted by COVID-19, including changing from in-person delivery to an online or blended learning format.

To request a COVID-19 Mode of Delivery letter, submit a Contact Form request. Select topic: Enrolment/Education Verification, and subcategory: COVID-19 Mode of Delivery letter.

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My program has been moved online. Will this impact by eligibility to apply for a post-graduation work permit?

If you are in Canada:

Maybe. If your program is offered in an online-only format due to COVID-19, your PGWP may not be impacted. If you have classes in your program that can be taken in-person, it is suggested that you take these classes in-person in order to remain eligible for your post-graduation work permit. For questions about this, it is suggested you connect with IRCC directly at 1-888-242-2100.

If you are outside of Canada:

Immigration, Refugee, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is permitting students to study online from outside Canada up until August 31, 2022 with limited impact on PGWP eligibility. This date may be extended, please continue to monitor here.

You can only start/continue your studies from your home country if your program is completely online.  Please review program delivery here.

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I need to extend my study permit. Have the requirements to do this changed due to COVID-19?

No. The process to extend your study permit remains the same, though processing times may be affected. For further questions about this process, please complete an immigration inquiry through nait.ca/help.

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I am in Canada and I am not able to start my co-op as planned. How will this impact my immigration status?

You can remain in Canada as a student while you wait to start your co-op. You may need to extend your study permit and your co-op work permit. Please connect with your program for questions about co-op. For further questions about this process, please complete an immigration inquiry through nait.ca/help.

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I'm currently studying, but my classes have moved online. Am I still eligible to work?

Yes. IRCC has confirmed that if your classes have moved online due to COVID-19, you still have the same eligibility to work as you did before COVID-19. If you were not eligible to work before COVID-19 (for example, if you were studying part-time), you still are not eligible to work. For further questions, please complete an immigration inquiry through nait.ca/help.

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I need documentation to identify how my studies were affected by COVID-19. Where do I request this?

You can request a COVID-19 Mode of Delivery letter which outlines how your program and classes were impacted by COVID-19, including changing from in-person delivery to an online or blended learning format.

To request a COVID-19 Mode of Delivery letter, submit a Contact Form request, select topic: Enrollment/Education Verification, subcategory: COVID-19 Mode of Delivery letter.

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Travel

I heard the travelers who are fully vaccinated may be exempt from the quarantine requirement. Can I get more information on that?

As of January 15, 2022, all travelers, including international students, will only be allowed to enter/return to Canada if they are fully vaccinated with one of the World Health Organization (WHO) vaccines, for entry into Canada. All travelers will have to show adequate proof of their vaccination. Travelers will need to upload their proof to ArriveCAN before they travel to Canada. Being exempt from quarantine is not guaranteed. Final approval of exemption will occur with a government official upon entry into Canada. As such, all travelers are required to plan a quarantine just in case. Find more information here.

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Will the COVID-19 vaccine be mandatory for international students travelling into Canada? What vaccines are accepted?

As of January 15, 2022, international students, who are currently exempt from entry requirements, will only be allowed to enter the country if they are fully vaccinated with one of the World Health Organization (WHO) vaccines approved for entry into Canada.  This impacts all students that are not able to get vaccinated with a World Health Organization (WHO) approved vaccine.  If you are not able to get vaccinated in your home country with a World Health Organization (WHO) approved vaccine, please email vista@nait.ca immediately.

Only students that are under the age of 18 are exempt from this requirement.  If you are under 18 years, and are not vaccinated, and you plan to travel to Canada, please email vista@nait.ca as soon as possible.

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I've started my program online from outside Canada, but plan to travel to Canada as soon as I'm able. How can NAIT support me in this?

For more information on travelling into Canada during COVID-19, please see information below about Quarantine information – Resources for students travelling into Canada. You can also refer to emails that were sent to you by NAIT International.

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I started my program online and now I'm travelling to Canada, but my letter of acceptance has expired. What else can I bring with me as I travel to prove I'm in good standing with my program?

Students with an expired Letter of Acceptance are encouraged to print out a Confirmation of Enrolment to use in addition to the expired Letter of Acceptance. Learn how to access your Confirmation of Enrolment through your MyNAIT Portal

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COVID-19 vaccine

Are international students eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine?

International students will be eligible to receive the vaccine as per Alberta’s immunization program. Individuals who are living, working or going to school in Alberta will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine free of charge.

You can find more information on the Government of Alberta COVID-19 vaccine website and in the government’s vaccine Q&A.

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Will the COVID-19 vaccine be mandatory for international students attending NAIT campus?

NAIT has joined 8 other Alberta post-secondary institutions to introduce a vaccine mandate and require proof of vaccination to make our campuses safer for everyone. Read more in the September 13 announcement.

We are working to finalize implementation dates and details for the vaccine mandate and proof of vaccination. More information will be communicated with students as soon as possible, both by email and at nait.ca/covid19.

In the meantime, you can find more information about requirements when flying to Canada on the Government of Canada’s website.

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NAIT supports

Will my Alberta Healthcare coverage be affected by COVID-19?

If necessary, Alberta Health Services (AHS) can extend your coverage for 90 days from when your study permit expires, if you have applied to extend your study permit. To receive the extension, you can call the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan (AHCIP) at 780-427-1432.

NOTE: All international students will be covered for COVID-19 related medical assistance regardless of whether they have health insurance coverage.

For further questions, please complete an immigration inquiry through nait.ca/help.

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What type of financial support is available?

International students may have access to the following supports:

For further questions, please complete an immigration inquiry through nait.ca/help.

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I am feeling stressed, overwhelmed, anxious, worried, depressed, etc. about everything going on. Are there any supports to help me manage my feelings?

Yes. Our International Focused Counsellor is taking phone and video appointments at this time. To book an appointment, please contact counselling@nait.ca.

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New students

I'm supposed to start my classes in May (spring). Will they be in-person or online?

Students can find out how their program will be delivered for the winter term by visiting our Program Delivery webpage to see if they are required to attend campus.

If you have questions about your program’s delivery, please connect with your program directly.

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I've applied to study at NAIT and I have questions about my ability to obtain a study permit. Who can I speak with?

For further questions about this process, please complete an immigration inquiry through nait.ca/help.

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I'm supposed to start my classes in May (spring). Can I defer my admission for this term?

As a temporary response to COVID-19, a deferral of admission for international students may be an option for the spring 2022 term if certain guidelines are met. You may be eligible for a deferral if you did not receive your study permit in time to start your studies or you reside in a country with a travel ban in effect and your program is only offered blended or in-person.

To understand your options and discuss your eligibility, submit an online contact form – select topic: “How to Apply to NAIT, Entrance Requirements, and Application Questions”, and subcategory: “Can I defer my admission to a future intake?”

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I've applied for May (spring) 2022 and I'm unable to pay my tuition deposit or submit my official documents due to COVID-19-related closures. What should I do?

Please check the document submission options available to you here and options for paying your deposit here. If you’d like to request an extension of your deadlines, please email Registrar@nait.ca with subject titled, “Extension Request: COVID-19”. 

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Vaccine mandate

How can I get a vaccination after arriving in Canada?

If you are not fully vaccinated with a testing and quarantine requirements, then schedule a vaccination online through Alberta Health Services or a pharmacy. 

You should pre-book an appointment to receive your vaccination as soon as possible after the end of the quarantine period.

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What if my vaccination documents are not in English?

You must have your documents translated in English before traveling to Canada.  

If you are already in Canada and have not translated the vaccination documents, we recommend following Health Canada’s translation requirements. 

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How will my study permit be impacted if I choose not to get vaccinated?

As a study permit holder, you are responsible to meet the conditions of your study permit while in Canada. If you are unable to meet the conditions of your study permit due to your decision to not get vaccinated, you will be in violation of your status in Canada and it may negatively impact future applications for a work permit or study permit. 

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How do I show proof of my vaccination to attend campus?

You will need to upload proof of your vaccine status through the NAIT Alert App.  If you have challenges downloading the app in a country outside of Canada, please use the desktop version.

For more information about NAIT vaccine requirements, view nait.ca/vaccine.

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I have already been vaccinated in my home country. Will NAIT recognize this for the vaccination requirement?

Yes, if you are fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine approved by the WHO. You will need to bring your vaccination documentation with you to Canada. 

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) recommends that students who received a vaccine not on the list of vaccines approved by Health Canada receive a dose of the Pfizer or Moderna mRNA vaccine after arriving in Canada. Please see the detailed recommendation from PHAC for more information if this applies to you.

In addition, the PHAC states that if an individual has already received three doses of any vaccine, no further doses would be recommended at this time.

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Will my eligibility for a post-graduate work permit (PGWP) be impacted if I choose not to get vaccinated?

If you are unable to attend classes due to your decision to not get vaccinated, your PGWP-eligibility may be impacted. For further questions, please complete an immigration inquiry through nait.ca/help.

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If I choose not to get vaccinated, what are my options to stay and study in Canada?

Since a vaccine will be required for on campus study at NAIT, and distance learning does not satisfy study permit conditions, we cannot offer a solution for international students who wish to remain in Canada without being vaccinated. 

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Do Canada’s travel quarantine requirements still apply to NAIT students who are fully vaccinated?

Yes, the Government of Canada travel requirementsstill apply and you may still need to quarantine for up to 14 days even if fully vaccinated.

You should still have a quarantine plan and be familiar with the rules for vaccinated travellers entering Canada.

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Resources for students travelling to Canada for during COVID-19

If you're planning on travelling to Canada for your studies at NAIT and need more information about the mandatory 14-day quarantine, NAIT's Academic Advisors with an International focus are here to support your transition into Canada during this uncertain time. Please refer to the below documents for guidance and information:

Notify NAIT that you’re coming to Canada! It is required by the provincial government that NAIT be notified of your travel plans. Please complete the Travel Questionnaire once you have booked your flight into Canada. This is mandatory to complete before you travel to Canada.

Please connect with an Academic Advisor – International focus if you plan on travelling to Canada.

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