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July 15, 2021

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO OUR STUDENTS

For the most recent information about the Winter 2022 semester, and for any questions regarding the following subjects, please consult your Virtual Student Guide.

  • Access to your Omnivox and to your schedule
  • Access to TEAMS and to your online classes
  • Who is your student coordinator? Who to contact if you need help?
  • Billing and Finance
  • Your academic journey
  • Etc.

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FAQ FOR FUTURE STUDENTS

Last update: January 3, 2022

Scroll down for answers specific to future international students.


The start of the Winter semester will take place on Monday, January 10.

The orientation activities will take place virtually.

Administrative services will be offered online through Omnivox from January 3 to 7.

During the week of January 10, classes will be offered online. However, starting the week of January 17, classes that require on-campus attendance will be offered on campus* and the other classes will be offered virtually.

*Students who will be required to be on campus starting January 17 for on-campus classes will be notified the week of January 10.

The following measures will apply: social distancing of 2 meters between people and the wearing of a mask at all times.

We are monitoring the situation closely and our goal remains that we will continue to offer some of the best services and supports to the students, both on campus and remotely.


1. Will the Winter semester still take place?

Yes.

To ensure the safety and health of students and staff, the College has implemented measures that meet the health requirements of Public Health and the guidelines specific to education from the Ministère de l'Éducation. 

As of now and unless otherwise advised by Public Health, masks must be worn upon entering the College.

For more information, please see the Back-to-school 2021-2022 plan. Before arriving to the College, please make sure you have downloaded the Government of Canada's COVID Alert tracking application to your mobile device, and you have registered. This application notifies people of incidents of potential exposure before symptoms even appear. 

Your health is our priority! You can find more information about our health and safety measures on our Virtual Student Guide.

Rest assured that all the rules issued by Public Health are respected.

2. Will admission fees be reimbursed if I register and I cannot start my session as planned?

Yes, in order to provide you with peace of mind, LaSalle College will refund your admission fees upon request, should you not be able to start your session as planned (school closed, unable to enter Canada, etc).


3. Is the new remote learning offer is temporary and only related to the pandemic period?

No, the programs that are part of the Remote Learning offer are accredited by the Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur (MEES) and can be completed entirely according to the defined Methods of Instruction.


4. Is the Admissions Office still open?

The Admissions Office continues to operate. We are available to assist you with your admission request and to process your file.

There will be no in-person meetings at the Admissions Office, until further notice.

Our advisors will be pleased to answer all your questions by phone, email or via our web forms.

Feel free to contact us:

By chat
See the Let's Chat! icon on our website.

By Email
admission@collegelasalle.com or you can write to your admissions advisor.

By Web Form
/contact-us

** We are currently receiving a high volume of calls and email requests. Processing times may be extended during the back-to-school period. We apologize for the inconvenience. **

 

5. Are admissions requests being processed as planned?

Yes, our admissions advisors continue to process all applications, even remotely. For more information on the steps in the admission process and processing times, you can consult this link.

6. Is the College still open?

Since the beginning of the Fall 2021 semester, the College welcomes its students every day on campus. All sanitary measures are in place to provide you with a safe and secure environment:

  1. If you have symptoms related to COVID-19, stay home. You will not be allowed on campus.
  2. Wearing a mask is mandatory. 
  3. Wash your hands as you enter the building.
  4. Please keep your distance and respect the signage.

 

7. Do I need the vaccination passport to participate in extracurricular activities?

Yes, proof of vaccination is mandatory for all extracurricular activities. You will need to show your vaccination passport and your ID.

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SPECIFIC ANSWERS FOR FUTURE INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Last update: December 21, 2021


TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS AND EXEMPTIONS

The following information is from the Government of Canada website. A summary is included here:

To be able to enter Canada as a student, you must meet 2 requirements:

  1. You must have a valid study permit or a letter of introduction that shows you were approved for a study permit.
  2. You must be attending a designated learning institution (DLI) with a COVID-19 readiness plan approved by its province or territory. LaSalle College is a DLI with an approved readiness plan. 

For more information, your can visit the Government of Canada Web page.

It is also important to note that this change does not affect study permit holders already in Canada. If you are already in Canada, you may continue to study at LaSalle College. 

 

8. Is the travel exemption for international students confirmed?

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has confirmed that the exemption for international students officially came into force as of March 26, 2021, meaning that eligible students may come back to Canada. 

For more information on travel restrictions and exemptions, visit the Government of Canada Web page.

 

9. Should I go ahead and request my study permit and Québec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ)?

Currently, the Canadian government keeps processing study permits, but delays can be longer than usual.

Starting January 15, 2022, international students of 18 years old and over will only be allowed to enter the country if they are fully vaccinated with a Canadian approved vaccine.

If you need more information, contact Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada Support line at 1-888-242-2100.

Exceptionally, during this period, please note that certificates from the College will be provided in electronic format only.


10. Currently, what is a realistic expectation of new study permit application processing times?

If you are already in Canada, the delays are approximately 2-3 months.

 

11. Can students begin their studies with LaSalle College online from their own countries if they have not yet applied for a study permit?

According to the immigration lawyer, the short answer is: yes, a student can begin their studies abroad, without a study permit, and attend classes online. However, it is advisable that you have already applied for your study permit before you begin your program. For LaSalle College Montreal, it is mandatory for students to have an approved CAQ (Québec Acceptance Certificate) before you begin your studies. 

Any online courses you take from your home country without a study permit will not be accounted for immigration purposes. In other words, if you take our online courses abroad, the period before you apply for a study permit will not be counted for the purposes of later on applying for a permanent visa status.


12. If I start my online studies from my own country without a study permit, if my application for a study permit is later rejected, what is my involvement at that time?

You can graduate and obtain a diploma all while attending to class virtually. However, this diploma will not meet the Citizenship and Immigration Canada requirements when applying for subsequent visas – i.e. work permits, permanent residency, etc.

You can also request for a refund of your tuition fees if your study permit application is refused after you’ve already begun your program, which will be returned in due time after charging you on pro-rate basis for the number of hours/days/weeks that you have attended the classes.


13. Is the Post-Graduate Work Permit program (PGWPP) will be affected?

In the March 29 updated guidelines, IRCC confirms that eligibility for the Post-Graduate Work Permit program will not be affected for international students whose courses are now being delivered online on an exceptional basis due to COVID-19.

Due to a temporary COVID-19 policy, students are allowed to complete up to 100% of their studies outside of Canada until August 31, 2021. 

For more details about Post-Graduation Work Permit eligibility requirements, visit the Government of Canada Web page.

 

14. With the closure of the language testing centers, are the English standardized tests still required to register for an upcoming semester?

In the absence of appropriate language testing facilities on account due to the extraordinary current circumstances, LaSalle College will accept alternative language standardized tests in order to complete an admission request. LaSalle College recommends that its candidates take either the Duolingo English test or the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition test to comply with the admission requirements.

LaSalle College reserves the right to ask any candidate for additional proof of their language skills.

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