With classes now online, can I work extra hours or full time at my job?

You are still subject to your authorized number of work hours. You can continue working part time off-campus if you are already eligible to do so — up to 20 hours/week during an academic session — and you can work full-time during a regularly scheduled break.

 

Given the extreme nature of the COVID-19 situation, if you were eligible to work on or off-campus, you can continue to work even if you have to drop to part-time studies or take a break in your studies.

 

Will taking online classes affect my Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP)?

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will take the current COVID-19 situation under consideration when assessing PGWP program eligibility.

 

Under normal circumstances, you must maintain full-time student status during each academic session of the program or programs of study you complete, and submit this as part of your PGWP application. If you are unable to meet this criteria due to reasons related to COVID-19, you will still be considered eligible for the PGWP program, provided you meet all other criteria. IRCC will require SAIT to provide a letter explaining this change and you will need to include with your PGWP application.

 

Can I drop classes and go to part-time studies? If so, can I still work?

If you need to drop classes because of a direct result of the COVID-19 situation — such as, you’re sick or your class has been cancelled — you can do so.

 

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will require SAIT to provide a letter explaining this change for you to include with your Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) application.

 

If your decision to drop from full-time to part-time studies is not related to COVID19 and is not supported by a letter from SAIT, this would be considered as not fulfilling conditions to qualify for the PGWP program.

 

Given the extreme nature of the COVID-19 situation, if you were eligible to work on or off-campus, you can continue to work even if you have to drop to part-time studies or take a break in your studies.

 

You are still subject to your authorized number of work hours. You can continue working part time off-campus if you are already eligible to do so — up to 20 hours/week during an academic session — and you can work full-time during a regularly scheduled break.

 

Can I leave Canada now that my classes are delivered online?

All temporary residents who are already in Canada and unable to depart are encouraged to apply for an extension to maintain their temporary resident status in Canada. International students are considered to be temporary residents.

 

Once the application is submitted, you may remain in Canada until a decision is made on your application or until any required documents can be submitted.

 

As of March 16, it can be assumed that international students registered with a Canadian institution but currently abroad — either in a third country or in their home country — will not be authorized to re-enter Canada. Please keep in mind that this could be the case for an extended time and could disrupt your future studies. At this point, we discourage you from leaving Canada.