Study permit: COVID-19 program delivery

This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by IRCC staff. It is posted on the department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders.

COVID-19 border measures have ended

On October 1, 2022, all COVID-19 border requirements, including vaccination, mandatory use of ArriveCAN, and any testing and quarantine or isolation requirements, ended for all travellers entering Canada by land, air or sea.

COVID-19 related PDIs will be updated, removed, or information incorporated into the regular PDIs, as necessary.


Foreign nationals who are required to undergo a medical examination may be unable to arrive in Canada before the expiry date of their medical examination. Until a change request can be implemented to modify the letter of introduction to include the medical examination validity date, officers may use the port of entry facilitation letter. The letter can be modified to include instructions that the client must enter Canada before the expiry of their medical examination.

Important: The 2-stage assessment process for initial study permit applications expired on September 15, 2020.

These instructions provide guidance for issuing study permits during the COVID-19 restrictions.

Due to the closures and limited operations of some visa application centres (VAC) and United States Application Support Centers and limited access to IRCC and Service Canada offices, study permit applicants may be unable to

Note: Temporary residents who are in Canada and who would normally be required to provide biometrics will be temporarily exempted from the requirement to provide biometrics.

Learn more: COVID-19 update: New public policy on biometrics collection exemption for temporary residence applicants from within Canada in effect until further notice.

IRCC officers will continue to request additional supporting documents or necessary actions (such as biometrics, medical examinations, police certificates and updated passports) as part of the application process and will keep applications open until documents are received or evidence is provided that action has been taken. Please see more information in the processing section below.

Note: Migration offices overseas and processing centres in Canada are currently working with reduced capacity, which will increase processing times. At this time, there are no special measures in place to provide for expedited processing of study permit applications.

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