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International Students, Visas, and Travel: An Information Session with Canadian Government Officials

Thursday, July 22, 2021 – 11 a.m. EDT

Join us for a session with Senior Directors from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)! Register here >


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Please submit your questions in advance by using the "Questions and Comments" field in the registration form.

With 128,000 study permit applications processed so far this year and another 140,000 currently being processed, it's clear that Canada wants international students. In fact, the Honourable Marco Mendicino, IRCC Minister, stated: ‘’Our message to international students and graduates is simple: We don’t just want you to study here, we want you to stay here.”

However, with an estimated minimum of 200,000 international students booked to arrive over the coming months and travel and entry rules constantly changing, educational institutions need the latest and most trustworthy information to ensure their incoming students understand how to prepare and know what to expect once they arrive in Canada. Providing students with complete and up-to-date information will help to set expectations, avoid misunderstandings, and allow students to have a smooth travel and entry experience while complying with public health regulations.

Languages Canada (LC), the Canadian Association of Public Schools - International (CAPS-I), and Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) have organized a special session with IRCC, PHAC and CBSA officials to address your questions on a variety of topics related to international students:

  • Study permit processing times
  • Visa Application Centres
  • Short-term programs
  • Travel
  • Vaccination status
  • Quarantine
  • Etc.

Submit your questions in advance

The purpose of this webinar is to address your questions and concerns. To make sure the session is as practical and productive as possible, please submit your questions in advance by using the "Questions and Comments" field in the registration form. Questions should be applicable to a broad audience, not case-specific.

Additionally, please take the time to learn about Canada’s current quarantine rules and exemptions for fully vaccinated travellers, and review the Public Health Agency of Canada's COVID-19 Travel Tool Kit before submitting your questions. Many commonly asked questions are addressed on those links.

While this webinar is intended primarily for LC, CAPS-I, and CICan members, education agencies and partners worldwide are welcome to attend.

Please register before July 16, 2021.
Space is limited to 1,000 attendees. The presentation will be in English, but questions can be submitted in English or French.
This webinar will not be recorded.

Our speakers

James McNamee
Senior Director, Immigration Branch
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)

Kathryn Jarrett-Ekholm
Associate Director General, Center for Border and Travel Health
Public Health Agency of Canada

Calvin Christiansen
Director General, COVID – 19 Border Task Force Travellers Branch
Canada Border Services Agency / Government of Canada


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