International Student COVID-19 FAQ

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Answers to questions about NAIT's vaccine mandate can be found  in our vaccine mandate student FAQs and at nait.ca/vaccine.


Current students

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 will receive a letter regarding this in your MyNAIT Portal to support future immigration applications.

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:  No. If your program is offered in an online-only format, you can study this program from outside of Canada with no impact to your post-graduation work permit. This permission is set to expire on Friday, Dec. 31, 2021.

 

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 effected. Please connect with an International Student Advisor if you have questions. 

I have decided to drop my courses for this term because I don't want to study online. Does this impact my immigration status or permission to work?

If you are in Canada, maybe.

  • If you were studying your program in winter and decide to drop your courses for spring, this may be permitted if the spring/summer terms are scheduled breaks for your program.
  • If spring 2021 is your first term in your program, you are required to study this program, as this would be considered a required term of studies for you.

If you are outside of Canada, no. If you have a study permit (or have applied for one) you are permitted to stop studying and it will not impact your study permit status.

Please note that any break in studies will impact your eligibility for your Post-Graduation Work Permit.

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 and an International Student Advisor to ensure you understand your options. 

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. Please connect with an International Student Advisor if you have questions.

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.

Travel

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

Starting on July 5, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. ET fully vaccinated travelers MAY be exempt from the quarantine requirements. These travelers will have to show adequate proof of their vaccination and that it is an accepted vaccine approved by Health Canada. 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.

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.

Please connect with an International Student Advisor if you plan to travel to Canada.

I might have permission to travel, but I'm undecided if it's the best decision for me. What should I do?

NAIT is encouraging students to consider many factors before travelling to Canada during a global pandemic. To help make your decision, please review NAIT’s Should I Come to Canada Now? document.

I might have permission to travel. When does NAIT recommend I arrive in Canada?

NAIT is strongly recommending students to only arrive in Canada in time to quarantine and begin the term. We are not recommending students travel as they are studying. 

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 along with the expired Letter of Acceptance. Instructions to print your Confirmation of Enrolment from your MyNAIT Portal can be found here

I have heard of new travel requirements for travellers arriving by air into Canada. What are they and how do they impact students?

The Canadian government has made changes to the requirements for any person travelling by air into Canada.  International students are required to adhere to these requirements.  In addition to the mandatory 14-day quarantine requirement, travellers will also be required to:

  1. take a COVID-19 molecular test within 72 hours of departure from their home country
  2. take a COVID-19 molecular test upon arrival in Canada
  3. take  COVID-19 molecular test on day 8 after your arrival
    • If you are deemed vaccinated upon your arrival in Canada, you may not need to complete the day 8 test

There are currently 9 airports receiving international flights:

  • Vancouver International Airport
  • Calgary International Airport
  • Toronto Pearson International Airport
  • Montreal-Trudeau International Airport
  • Halifax Stanfield International Airport
  • Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport
  • Ottawa Macdonald–Cartier International Airport
  • Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport
  • Edmonton International Airport.

Effective August 9, 2021 – the mandatory government hotel stay is not required.

Mandatory check-ins with NAIT

You will be required to check-in daily with NAIT during your 14-day quarantine period.  If you have completed the 14 Day Quarantine Questionnaire, you will receive an email with the Check-In information and invite. You will need to start your daily check-ins the day after you arrive. More information on the daily check in will be sent to you closer to your date of arrival into Canada.

Please continue to monitor travel updates through IRCC here. If you have further questions about this update or the travelling to Canada, please email vista@nait.ca.

NEW: Where can I find more information on who has permission to travel to Canada?

Immigration, Refugee, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced that beginning October 20, 2020,  all international students with an approved study permit will be permitted to travel to Canada for the purpose of studying a program at an approved DLI. NAIT has been confirmed as an approved DLI. You can view this update here.

Like all travellers into Canada, international students and accompanying family members will be subject to all public health measures, including the mandatory 14-day quarantine period upon arrival in Canada.

Please reach out to a NAIT Academic Advisor with an International Focus if you plan to travel into Canada.

NEW: I have heard the 3-day mandatory hotel stay in a government approved hotel is not required anymore. Is this true?

As of August 9, 2021 travelers entering/returning to Canada will no longer need to spend their first three nights of quarantine in a government approved hotel. If you are required to do so, you will need to quarantine at a suitable location and have a proper quarantine plan.

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.

Will the COVID-19 vaccine be mandatory for international students travelling into Canada?

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.

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. 

Please connect with an International Student Advisor if you have questions. 

What type of financial support is available?

International students may have access to the following supports: 

Please connect with an International Student Advisor if you have questions.

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

Students starting September (fall) 2021

Deferral of admission

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

As a temporary response to COVID-19, a deferral of admission for international students is an option for the Fall 2021 term (note: certain criteria must be met to be eligible for this option).

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?”

We recommend that you send your defferal request if you do not receive a Study Permit by August 6. 

Study permit and work

I'm supposed to start my classes online in September (fall) 2021. Will studying online affect my study permit?

No. IRCC has confirmed that if your program was moved online due to COVID-19 your Study Permit is not affected. This is the same whether you’re in Canada or in your home country. Please see the link for complete details. Please connect with an Academic Advisor – International focus if you have questions. 

I'm supposed to start my classes online in September (fall). Will starting my program online impact my eligibility to apply for a post-graduation work permit?

If you are in Canada: No. IRCC has confirmed that if your program was moved to online delivery, due to COVID-19, your eligibility to apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit will not be affected.  You will receive a letter regarding this in your MyNAIT Portal to support future immigration applications.  

If you are outside of Canada: Maybe. IRCC has recently updated the requirements for Post-Graduation Work Permit eligibility. Please note that currently only studies done up until December 31, 2021 can contribute to your PGWP, please continue to monitor here

I'm supposed to start my classes in September (fall). I'm in Canada, 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 are not eligible to work under normal circumstances (for example, if you are studying part-time), you still are not eligible to work. If you work in an essential service you may have permission to work more than 20 hours/week. 

I'm interested in starting classes online September (fall), but I may not get a study permit in time. Do I need one to start studying online?

If you’re inside Canada: Yes. You are required to have a valid study permit  in order to study while in Canada, even if your program is being delivered online due to COVID-19.

If you’re outside of Canada: Maybe not. IRCC has recently updated their requirements for students to begin studying online from outside Canada. So long as a student has applied for their study permit, they may be able to start studying online and have that time count towards their Post-Graduation Work Permit. 

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

Please connect with an Academic Advisor – International focus if you have questions about this. 

Travel

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

Starting on July 5, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. ET fully vaccinated travelers MAY be exempt from the quarantine requirements. These travelers will have to show adequate proof of their vaccination and that it is an accepted vaccine approved by Health Canada. 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.

I am travelling from India or Pakistan and my travels have been restricted as of April 22, 2021. What does this mean for me?

As of April 22, 2021 all direct commercial and private passenger flights from India have been banned. On August 10th, this ban was extended to September 21, 2021.

Academic information and supports

All programs that begin in spring 2021 are delivered entirely online which means you can continue with your spring classes as planned, though now you will be in your home country, instead of here in Edmonton.

If you have questions about your courses or books, please reach out to your program directly.

Immigration impacts

If your program is delivered entirely online, NAIT students are permitted to study their program from outside of Canada as long as you have applied for a study permit. This will have no impact on your study permit or on eligibility for the Post Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) up to December 31, 2021. Learn more about your permission to study online from outside Canada and PGWP eligibility. 

Please note, if this is your first term of studies, it is recommended you study full-time (minimum of 9 credits) to keep your PGWP eligibility.

Travelling dates

NAIT encourages students not to travel during your study period, as this can impact your academics and can be disruptive to any groupwork or collaboration taking place in your program. NAIT recommends that you travel once you’ve completed your spring 2021 term.

That being said, Immigration, Refugee, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) does not have any restricted travel dates and you may choose to travel at a time that you consider best. Please be prepared to speak to airport officials as to why you’re travelling mid-semester.

Your travel information

If you are still able to travel on the date you submitted on your Quarantine Questionnaire, no further steps are required.

If your travel information has changed because of this new travel restriction, you must let NAIT know by completing a new Quarantine Questionnaire. When your new flight information to Canada is all booked and finalized, please submit this new information to NAIT here:

I'm supposed to start my classes in September (fall), and I plan on travelling to Canada. Is this possible?

It is important to understand the current travel ban into Canada. Only some students are exempt from the Government of Canada’s travel ban. 

These travel bans are evolving and changing, and it is crucial to stay up to date on these changes before you make travel plans. Please connect with an Academic Advisor – International focus if you have questions. 

To remain up-to-date please continue to monitor travel restrictions.

I have reviewed the strict travel bans and have determined that I may have permission to travel. What can I expect?

If you are exempt and wish to come to Canada, you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days even if you show no symptoms of COVID-19. You will also be required to show proof of accommodation and other settlement plans before entering the country.

If you plan to travel to Canada, you must complete the Quarantine Questionnaire once you have confirmed your flight details. Once in Canada, you must partake in a Daily Check-In with NAIT; this is required by the provincial government.

Please see more information at the bottom of this FAQ webpage for further information or reach out to a NAIT Academic Advisor with an International Focus if you plan to travel into Canada.

I'm starting my program in September (fall) 2021 and I will need housing. What are my options?

NAIT students have access to residence with the University of Alberta or MacEwan student residence. These residencies also have 14-day quarantine plans that adhere to government health protocols; please see the links for more details. For other housing resources, please see here.

I might have permission to travel, but I'm undecided if it's the best decision for me. What should I do?

NAIT is encouraging students to consider many factors before travelling to Canada during a global pandemic. To help make your decision, please review NAIT’s Should I Come to Canada Now? Document.

I might have permission to travel. When does NAIT recommend I arrive in Canada?

NAIT is strongly recommending students to only arrive in Canada in time to quarantine and begin the term. We are not recommending students travel as they are studying.

I have heard of new travel requirements for travellers arriving by air into Canada. What are they and how do they impact students?

The Canadian government has made changes to the requirements for any person travelling by air into Canada.  International students are required to adhere to these requirements.  In addition to the mandatory 14-day quarantine requirement, travellers will also be required to:

  1. take a COVID-19 molecular test within 72 hours of departure from their home country
  2. take a COVID-19 molecular test upon arrival in Canada
  3. take  COVID-19 molecular test on day 8 after your arrival
    • If you are deemed vaccinated upon your arrival in Canada, you may not need to complete the day 8 test

There are currently 9 airports receiving international flights:

  • Vancouver International Airport
  • Calgary International Airport
  • Toronto Pearson International Airport
  • Montreal-Trudeau International Airport
  • Halifax Stanfield International Airport
  • Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport
  • Ottawa Macdonald–Cartier International Airport
  • Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport
  • Edmonton International Airport.

Effective August 9, 2021 – the mandatory government hotel stay is not required.

Mandatory check-ins with NAIT

You will be required to check-in daily with NAIT during your 14-day quarantine period.  If you have completed the 14 Day Quarantine Questionnaire, you will receive an email with the Check-In information and invite. You will need to start your daily check-ins the day after you arrive. More information on the daily check in will be sent to you closer to your date of arrival into Canada.

Please continue to monitor travel updates through IRCC here. If you have further questions about this update or the travelling to Canada, please email vista@nait.ca.

NEW: Where can I find more information on who has permission to travel to Canada?

Immigration, Refugee, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced that beginning October 20, 2020,  all international students with an approved study permit will be permitted to travel to Canada for the purpose of studying a program at an approved DLI. NAIT has been confirmed as an approved DLI. You can view this update here.

Like all travellers into Canada, international students and accompanying family members will be subject to all public health measures, including the mandatory 14-day quarantine period upon arrival in Canada.

Please reach out to a NAIT Academic Advisor with an International Focus if you plan to travel into Canada.

NEW: I have heard the 3-day mandatory hotel stay in a government approved hotel is not required anymore. Is this true?

As of August 9, 2021, travelers entering/returning to Canada will no longer need to spend their first three nights of quarantine in a government approved hotel. If you are required to do so, you will need to quarantine at a suitable location and have a proper quarantine plan.

NAIT supports

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

NAIT has recently announced that most of the classes will be online for the spring semester, due to government restrictions. Some programs, however, may require in-person components. Programs have communicated this on their program page on the NAIT website as well as to their incoming students. If you have questions about your program’s delivery, please connect with your program directly.

I'm supposed to start classes in September (fall), but I'm facing financial hardships due to COVID-19. Who can I speak with?

To explore all of the possible funding options available for you, please complete the Student Information Form and submit to our Funding Advisor.

I've applied for September (fall) 2021 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”. 

Can I apply to study in September (fall) 2021?

Yes, we are still accepting applications. To apply, please refer to NAIT’s international application checklist.

Please connect with an Academic Advisor – International focus if you have questions.

Quarantine information - resources for students travelling to Canada for Fall 2021

If you're planning on travelling to Canada for fall 2021 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 Quarantine 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.