Permits and Visas
Permits and Visas
Note: Immigration information may change anytime without notice. Always refer to the Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada website for the most up-up-date information.
New update: International students can now study online outside of Canada up until August 31, 2022, with the duration of their studies counting toward their post-graduation work permit (PGWP) If they have a study permit or a permit is eventually approved. Please refer to “How your post-graduation work permit (PGWP) eligibility is affected” for more details.
Centennial College is a Designated Canadian Learning Institution (DLI) with an approved COVID-19 readiness plan. This means that as of October 20, Centennial students can travel to Canada with the College's support and valid immigration documents. According to the Canadian government, "DLIs with a COVID-19 readiness plan approved by their province or territory will be able to reopen to international students who are currently outside Canada".
But before buying your plane ticket, there's a lot you need to know about traveling to Canada during the global COVID-19 pandemic. Please review the information on our Travelling to Canada page to learn more about travel Eligibility, Documents Needed to Travel to Canada, Planning your Accommodation, Transportation, and Mandatory 14-day Quarantine Period.
Whether you are studying an online, hybrid, or hybrid* program, Centennial international students can travel to Canada after meeting all of the requirements (including quarantine plan).
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada offers flexibility in post-graduation work permit rules (PGWP) to help international students. Any time spent studying online from outside Canada counts toward the length of a PGWP until August 31, 2022. Please review the policy, procedures, and guidance provided by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
If the first semester of your program is available online, international students do not need a study permit to complete their registration and start attending classes from outside of Canada. Check the Winter 2022 Delivery page to determine if your program is available online.
If your study permit is eventually approved, time spent studying outside of Canada in a post-graduation work permit (PGWP) eligible program will count towards the overall length of the PGWP until August 31, 2022. This temporary policy applies to applicants who submitted a study permit application to begin a program in the spring, summer, or fall 2020 or winter 2021 semesters. The student must complete at least 50% of their program of study's total courses in Canada (either online or in class). Given the impact of COVID-19 on international students, temporary policy changes have been made to post-graduation work permit eligibility requirements. For more information: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
Students that choose to start studying a hybrid* program or program with only the first semester online must complete their study permit process and arrive in Canada before continuing their second semester. Suppose a Study Visa/Permit is not approved. In that case, students may consider online program transfer options or use the credits to apply for credit-transfer at another institution in Canada or abroad.
You may take our online programs in your home country without a study permit.
Students can complete their program online and earn an internationally recognized Ontario college credential if they study one of the 50 Centennial College programs offered entirely online.
However, if you are interested in qualifying for a PGWP, you must at least apply for a study permit before starting your program. If your study permit is eventually approved, time spent studying outside of Canada will count towards the overall length of the PGWP until August 31, 2022. The student must complete at least 50% of their program of study's total courses in Canada (either online or in class). Learn more: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
You may work part-time (up to 20 hours/week) if you meet all other conditions to work part-time (full-time enrolment, etc.)
Yes, you are still required to have a valid study permit throughout your study in order to be eligible for a PGWP even if your courses are delivered online due to COVID-19. Please make sure to apply for an extension if your study permit will expire before you can complete your program.
Many VACs have reopened with health and safety measures. You can check the status of your nearest VAC on IRCC website.
While you may be able to continue your study online in your home country, there are many factors to consider before making the decision to leave Canada. Therefore we highly recommend you connect with our International Student Advisors (ISAs) if you are thinking of returning home. Please write to firstname.lastname@example.org or check their drop-in advising hours to speak with an ISA.