Even though Canada has extended the border restrictions for US travelers, the rules have been slackened for the students. The previous travel ban imposed on US travelers was stopping the students to enter Canada for the fall semester of 2020. According to the lawyers of Immigrationlawyertorontofirm.ca, the Canadian Government has extended the travel ban date on the US travelers till 21 September, which is weeks after the schools set to start across the country this year.
The parents of the US students are already facing prolonged delays this year due to various reasons. According to the official webpage of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), they are currently working on the backlog applications for the study permit. Right now, issuance of a new study permit will be taking about 20 weeks for processing.
What Was the General System?
In the pre-CIOVID times, the eligible US students could get their study permits immediately upon arrival on any port of entry or land border crossings. However, as the country has imposed travel bans from March this year, traveling to Canada for an optional or discretionary reason was not allowed. That includes reaching the ports of entry to Canada or the border checkpoints for making an immigration application.
The Changes That Canadian Government decided for The Students
Canadian Border Service Agency (CBSA) has announced that in the changed situation, the students who want to enter Canada from the United States can still be able to get their student permit upon arrival at the port. However, the applicants have to establish that they are the student of one of the esteemed schools of Canada. That means the students have to convince the personnel of CBSA that they are not traveling for a discretionary or optional purpose.
While the US students have been exempted from the travel ban, the CBSA is advising them to stay in their home country if they can continue their classes online. That means upon arrival at the port of entry or the land border cross points, it is the onus of the student to prove that they need to enter the country to complete their studies.
According to the immigration lawyers of Immigrationlawyertorontofirm.ca, traveling to Canada for studies is still considered as a discretionary or optional purpose unless the student can prove otherwise. Here are the grounds on which the personnel of the Canada Border Services Agency will be evaluating the students.
- Proof that the student is exempted from the imposed travel restrictions, and is traveling for a non discretionary or non-optional purpose.
- Whether the student is living in Canada. Even though there are no hard and fast rules that necessitate the students to live in Canada, it might help them to convince the person that they are traveling due to a non-optional reason.
- Whether the student would be able to complete a 14-day quarantine period upon arrival on their destination. According to the rules of the country, all travelers entering Canada have to go on 14 days mandatory self-quarantine. The student should have a robust quarantine plan chalked out to show the personnel of CBSA at the port of entry.
- Whether the student needs to stay in Canada for their studies. (Eg: Laboratory works or workshops).
- If the school they are attending does not offer the chance to pursue their classes online.
- If the student can’t take online classes from their home country due to the internet restrictions or the bandwidth limitations.
Documents That The Students Should Carry
Upon arrival in the port of entry, the students must bring the following documents with them.
- A valid study permit.
- A port of entry letter of introduction with the approval for a study permit for US Students.
After checking all these documents and evaluating the above-mentioned factors, the personnel of CBSA will decide whether the student should get a permit to enter into Canada.
Rules for the Traveling Parents
The parents of the students should also show essential reasons and quarantine planes to get permission to accompany their children. According to the immigration lawyer of Immigrationlawyertorontofirm.ca, people who are driving their children or accompanying their children to their residence in Canada will fall under the category of traveling for an optional or discretionary reason. That means if the parent can not show valid reasons for their travel, they might be denied entry to Canada. The drivers or the parents may also be denied entry if they fail to show the necessary quarantine plan to the personnel of CBSA.
Despite the close relationship that Canada and the USA share, the students of the US have been affected by the regulations imposed by the Canadian government to limit COVID-19. The border between these two countries was first closed on March 21st this year and it has since been extended every 30 days. While the lawyers of Immigrationlawyertorontofirm.ca are doubtful about the time when Canadian Government will lift the travel restriction, they do not have any doubts that the country will be accomodating the students even further in the upcoming days.