Living in Canada

For COVID-19 related information, visit the UVic COVID-19 website and the international student section.

On October 2, 2020, Government of Canada announced an update on travel restrictions for international students to take effect on October 20, 2020. For more information about the announcement, refer to the IRCC news release and the backgrounder.

More guidelines about new update are expected to be announced by IRCC in the coming weeks, please do not make any arrangements to travel to Canada until you meet the requirements outlined on the IRCC COIVD-19 website – Travel exemptions for international students section.

Our office is closely monitoring updates from the Government of Canada and will keep adding relevant COVID-19 information to the page to address your concerns. Please note, as information can change without notice, for the most current information, always visit the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s website and the Government of Canada website.

The International Student Services (ISS) team provides pre-arrival support, settlement services on arrival, and non-academic (e.g., immigration or work authorization) assistance for undergraduate and graduate international students who are seeking a UVic credential, as well as undergraduate and graduate international students who are visiting UVic from other institutions.

Wherever you're coming from, and whatever your previous connection to Canada, we are dedicated to helping you optimize your UVic experience. Consider us your local consultants for all things new and different.

In this section, you will find information on the following topics:

If you have questions about any of these topics, please contact the ISS team.