MCIE encourages all Educational Institution members, and students to follow the advice of the Public Health Agency of Canada, the World Health Organization, and Manitoba Health.
Immigration Status and Related Travel – Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has published detailed information on how the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is affecting immigration, refugees, citizenship and passport services. More information can be found at the following to IRCC links:
- – International students who remain in Canada can apply to renew their study permit, and can continue to study and work while their application renewal is being processed.
- – At this time, international students who held a valid study permit granted before March 18, 2020, will be able to travel to Canada.
- – If a study permit was issued to an international student on, or after, March 18, 2020, they are currently not allowed to travel to Canada.
- – If your in-class courses are being moved to an online-only format because of COVID-19, your eligibility for the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program won’t be affected. This includes students who have a study permit or who have been approved for a study permit for a program starting in May or June but who are unable to travel to Canada at this time due to travel restrictions. International students in this situation may begin their classes while outside Canada and may complete up to 50% of their program while outside Canada if they cannot travel to Canada sooner.
What can individuals do to prevent this virus from spreading?
At this time, there is no vaccine available yet to protect against this new disease. To help reduce your risk of infection the Public Health Agency of Canada advises people should:
- – Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water is not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub to clean your hands.
- – Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
- – Cough or sneeze into your elbow or sleeve.
- – Dispose of tissues appropriately.
- – Practice Physical Distancing and stay 2 meters apart from other people as much as possible.
- – Stay home, and avoid public spaces when possible.
- – Do not congregate in groups of more than 10 people.
- – Avoid contact with sick people.
- – Stay home when you are sick.
For further information on how to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19, visit https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/prevention-risks.html.