Immigration and International Travel

International Students

Visa Applications

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) continues to process study permit applications, but at limited capacity. Prospective students also may be unable to provide all documents required to complete their study permit applications given service interruptions related to COVID-19 (e.g. immigration medical exams, biometrics collection, police certificates). These uncertainties may cause processing delays.

York International encourages students to file their applications online as early as possible, taking into account the processing delays. York International also offers advising via email (iadvisor@yorku.ca) and online appointments.

International students currently overseas

Students who are overseas are not prohibited from starting their studies and studying online (from abroad) with being in possession of a valid study permit. International students who are unable to travel to Canada in the fall are permitted to enroll in a designated learning institution as a full-time student and take online courses outside of Canada. IRCC continues to accept and process study permit applications to the extent possible. For more information, see IIRC's COVID updates as of May 25, 2020.

As per the travel ban exemptions, only international students issued study permits or study permit approvals on or before March 18, 2020 can travel to Canada at this time.

Post-graduate work permit eligibility

Post-graduation work permit eligibility will not be affected if your Fall 2020 courses are online. Students will also not have time deducted from the length of a future post-graduation work permit for studies completed outside of Canada, up to December 31, 2020. For more information, go here.

International students whose study/work permits are to expire

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IIRC) advises students to apply online to extend their status before it expires, thus triggering implied status and allowing them to continue studying and/or working (subject to the same conditions listed on their expired work or study permit) while their extension is being processed.

No application will be refused if incomplete, however, required documents must be submitted within the 90 days. Applications should include an explanatory note detailing circumstances that are beyond their control (i.e. unable to obtain a new passport from their embassy in Canada; unable to access documents needed to apply for a new permit from their educational institution), and designated learning institutes should be prepared to provide letters of support and/or accompanying documentation.

International students now part-time or not registered for subsequent semesters due to reasons related to COVID-19 that are beyond their control can continue to work on or off-campus subject to the same number of authorized hours

For more information, see IIRC's COVID updates as of May 25, 2020.

Travel Abroad

Beginning March 18, foreign nationals from all countries except the United States will not be allowed to enter Canada. The measure would not apply in designated exceptional circumstances, including to air crews, travellers arriving in Canada in transit to a third country, Canadian permanent residents, diplomats, or immediate family members of Canadian citizens. The University continues to strongly recommend that faculty and contract faculty, staff and students avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada until further notice.

The University has cancelled all international travel for University-sponsored or sanctioned international programs and related travel as well as all university-related business travel to countries outside of Canada until August 31, 2020.

The Coronavirus Information and Update website contains up-to-date details for York community members travelling abroad: coronavirus.info.yorku.ca/.

Assistance for Travellers

The Government of Canada has created the COVID-19 Emergency Loan Program to support Canadians affected by COVID-19 abroad.

Any member of the York Community who is impacted by the travel restrictions should please contact goglobal@yorku.ca immediately for further guidance.

Cancelled Travel

York University has cancelled all international travel for University-sponsored or sanctioned international programs and related travel as well as all university-related business travel to countries outside of Canada until August 31, 2020.

Expense Reimbursement for Cancelled Business Travel

The York University Emergency Travel Disruption Bursary will help to provide immediate short-term relief for costs due to COVID-19. For details, go to https://sfs.yorku.ca/emergency-bursaries.

Cancelled Research and/or Fieldwork Travel That Will Affect Regular Timelines of Degree Completion

If research and fieldwork is affected by travel restrictions, students will have to wait until all restrictions are lifted to reschedule. FGS will work with the Program and the Registrar’s Office to resume the program term lengths without penalty to the student.

If conducting in-person fieldwork is essential to the learning outcomes for degree completion and it cannot be completed because of official travel restrictions, FGS will help to facilitate as seamless a transition as possible once all restrictions are lifted.