International Student COVID-19 FAQ

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Study permit and work

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

If you are in Canada:

If your program was 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 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

Do I have to have a quarantine plan when I arrive in Canada?

As of April 25, 2022 all fully vaccinated travellers will no longer be required to provide a quarantine plan upon entry. This requirement will also be removed for children aged 5-11 who are accompanied by a fully vaccinated parent, step-parent, guardian, or tutor and travellers with a medical contraindication to a COVID-19 vaccine. You can read the full update here.

Travellers under the age of 18, who are not fully vaccinated are still required to plan for quarantine.  If this situation applied to you, please contact vista@nait.ca immediately, so our team can assist you.

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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.

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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. 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.

 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 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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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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Resources for students travelling to Canada for related to COVID-19

As you plan your travel to Canada for  studies at NAIT please refer to the documents below 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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