International Student FAQs

On this page, you will find frequently asked questions related to international student study and immigration.

If you are unable to work and do not qualify for employment insurance, you can find information on the new Canada Emergency Response Benefit here.

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit will be accessible through a secure web portal starting in early April.

International Student FAQs

IRCC, along with other government departments and international allies, continues to closely monitor COVID 19 and any impacts on people and our operations. To view a list of their frequently asked questions, click here.

The number of hours you are entitled to work as an international student remains unchanged during the time in-person classes are cancelled. If you are enrolled as a full-time student in the current term and your study permit allows you to work on- or off-campus or both, you can work up to 20 hours per week off-campus.

If you have left Canada and your study permit is about to expire, you may continue your studies online without a study permit. If you return to Canada you will need to have a valid study permit and visa/eTA and you can apply for an extension from home by visiting this page.

If you will be staying in Canada to continue your studies you do need to have a valid study permit while you are studying and you are required to comply with all current study permit conditions.

Your International Student Advisors are here to help and can provide step by step instructions. Please reach out to us at donalda_johnston@cbu.ca or vanessa_viva@cbu.ca.

Yes, you can return home but keep in mind that your study permit will be mailed to the Canadian address on your application. Please make sure it’s being sent to a safe place and someone will let you know when it arrives.

When you have been approved for an extension you will be able to apply for a new visa and you will not need to have the new printed study permit. You will only need to have the email that the extension has been approved and the expiry date of the extension.

Yes, you will still need to provide biometrics if you have not already done so but there will be a 90-day extension for those who are unable to book an appointment. The letter you receive will still say 30 days.

If you get sick after your arrival in Canada your Guard.Me international student health insurance will cover the cost of your treatment if you are in Canada. If you have left Canada to return home, you will not be covered in your home country.

You may be eligible for Nova Scotia MSI (Nova Scotia health card).
If you have been in Nova Scotia for 12 full months and have not left the province for more than 30 days during this time, you may be eligible for additional FREE health coverage. Please call 1-800-563-8880 to confirm your eligibility. As well, if your spouse is in Canada on a work permit, you are immediately eligible without the 12 month waiting period.

All in-person courses and exams have now been either moved to alternative formats or cancelled. This means that students are free to leave campus to go to family and friends across Canada and in their home countries.

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit will be accessible through a secure web portal starting in early April.

You can find information on the new Canada Emergency Response Benefit here. 

If you have questions about your financial account: internationalaccounts@cbu.ca

If you have questions about admissions: international_admissions@cbu.ca

If you have general questions about CBU’s response to COVID-19: covid19@cbu.ca

Or call 1-888-959-9995