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 Government of Canada recently announced temporary changes to remove employment barriers for international students. The government will remove the restriction that allows international students to work a maximum of 20 hours per week while classes are in session, provided they are working in an essential service or function, such as health care, critical infrastructure, or the supply of food or other critical goods. Read more here.

If your in-class courses are being moved to an online-only format because of COVID-19, you are still eligible for the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP). If you have a study permit, or been approved for a study permit for a program starting in the spring, summer or fall, but you can’t travel to Canada at this time due to travel restrictions, you are also still eligible for the PGWPP. Read more here.

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.

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, unless you meet one of the criteria below.

The Government of Canada recently announced temporary changes to remove employment barriers for international students. The government will remove the restriction that allows international students to work a maximum of 20 hours per week while classes are in session, provided they are working in an essential service or function, such as health care, critical infrastructure, or the supply of food or other critical goods. Read more here.

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.

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit is now available.

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

Online courses will not affect your PGWPP eligibility.

If your in-class courses are being moved to an online-only format because of COVID-19, you’re still eligible for the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP).

If you have a study permit, or been approved for a study permit for a program starting in the spring, summer or fall, but you can’t travel to Canada at this time due to travel restrictions, you’re also still eligible for the PGWPP.

If you’re in this situation, you may

  • begin your classes while outside Canada, and
  • complete up to 50% of your program while outside Canada, if you can’t travel to Canada sooner.

If you start your studies in fall 2020, you won’t have time deducted from the length of your post-graduation work permit for studies you complete while outside Canada between fall 2020 and December 31, 2020.

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

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

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

Or call 1-888-959-9995