COVID-19: Find out about the latest measures for international students

Since declaring a state of public health emergency on March 13, 2020, the Government of Québec and the Government of Canada have implemented numerous measures to protect the health of residents and curb the spread of COVID-19.

We invite you to regularly visit the official pages of :


Remember that, at all times, it is your duty to maintain your legal status in Québec and Canada.


Québec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ)

The Québec Ministry of Immigration, Francisation and Integration (MIFI) continues to process and accept new applications for temporary selection, such as the Québec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ) for studies.

For more information, visit the MIFI page.

Study permit

To date, if you are an international student with a valid study permit or a letter of introduction indicating that your student permit application has been approved plus a valid letter of acceptance from a learning institution with an approved COVID-19 readiness plan, you may be exempt from the travel restriction to Canada, as long as you are seeking to enter Canada for an essential purpose.

Find out about what you need to do before you travel to Canada.


Programme de l’expérience québécoise (PEQ – Québec experience program)

Some international students who graduated from Québec may be eligible to apply for permanent selection, the first step towards obtaining permanent residence for Québec.

Consult the eligibility conditions for the Programme de l’expérience québécoise (PEQ – Québec experience program).

News: Effective January 26, 2021, Québec Experience Program (PEQ) applicants must use the Arrima online platform to submit their applications for permanent selection, upload supporting documents and pay the application fees.

Post-graduation work permit

The Canadian government implemented new measures on post-graduation work permit (PGWP) eligibility for international students because of COVID-19.

Visit the Government of Canada website for details and eligibility criteria.

News: Effective January 27, 2021, due to COVID-19, certain current and former holders of post-graduation work permits may be eligible to apply for a one-time open work permit of up to 18 months. Applications must be submitted online by July 27, 2021. Find the eligibility criteria and details of this new measure on the Government of Canada website.


Air travel and border measures have been implemented to protect the health and safety of Canadians by restricting discretionary international travel.

Since October 20, you may enter Canada if you are travelling for essential, non-discretionary or non-optional purposes, and:

  • You have a valid study permit or a letter of approval for a study permit application
  • Your designated learning institution (DLI) appears on the list of DLIs with approved COVID-19 readiness plans

Find the complete travel restrictions and exemptions for international students here.

Find here all the details concerning the information to know before, during and after your trip to Canada.

If you plan to cross the border by land, find the government infographic here.


If you need to speak with a professional during this crisis, we remind you that most schools offer a psychological support service. There are various telephone services that you can reach

For any questions concerning COVID-19, symptoms, screening and treatment, you can consult the official resources of the Government of Québec

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