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October 20, 2020

The current situation can lead to many questions about planning your studies. Please note that at LaSalle College, registrations continue for the upcoming semesters.

During the COVID-19 period, many of our programs that are normally offered on-campus (on-site) in a classroom setting will be given remotely or in hybrid mode. More practical courses or programs will be given priority on campus.

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

Scroll down for answers specific to future international students.

1. Will the Winter semester still take place?

Yes, the Winter 2021 semester, starting in January, will take place as planned.

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

Among other things, we still expect that many of the programs normally offered on campus in a classroom setting will be given remotely or in hybrid mode.

LaSalle College has been a pioneer in online training for nearly 20 years, and therefore we are able to offer you an efficient learning environment at the cutting edge of technology.

In Remote Learning, the overall student experience is important in order to maintain a high level of motivation throughout your studies. Therefore, LaSalle College has taken several initiatives to make its services and activities available in virtual mode.


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 new 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?

Yes, however, due to the current health situation, we ask that you book an appointment with us before coming to the campus. Video-conference meetings will be given priority.

Our admissions advisors are happy to answer any questions you may have. They are available to assist you with your admission request and to process your file.

Feel free to contact us:

By Phone

Montréal
514 939-2006

Toll-Free
1 800 363-3541

Laval
514 939-2006 Ext. 4916

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

By Web Form
https://www.lasallecollege.com/contact-us

By Messenger
https://www.facebook.com/collegelasalle/


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.

Your application will be processed within the usual timeframe.


6. Is the College still open?

Yes, since the beginning of the Fall semester, the College welcomes several students every day who have courses 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.

Specific answers for future international students

UPDATE: REOPENING OF BORDERS TO INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

As of October 20, 2020, LaSalle College can once again open its doors to international students from any country. They will be considered as entering Canada on a non-discretionary and non-optional basis, if they have a study permit or approval for a study permit; regardless of the date of approval.

Please note that LaSalle College is on the list of institutions that have a COVID-19 response plan approved by their province.
International students wishing to travel to Canada must comply with the requirements of the current travel restrictions, see below.

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. 

7. 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.

a) If your permit was accepted before March 18, 2020, you are among the exceptions that will be allowed to come to Canada when the travel restrictions will be lifted by the Canadian government.

b) If your study permit has not yet been accepted, you will need to get acceptance first and then you will be able to come to Canada when the travel restrictions will be lifted.

If you need more information, contact Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada Support line at 1-888-242-2100, open Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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


8. 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.


9. If I’m currently in Canada without a Study Permit (e.g. on a temporary visa, eTA, etc.), able to apply for a Study Permit from within Canada given the current border status?

As per Federal legislation, a traveler can only be in Canada for a period of maximum six (6) months or less. Therefore, no one cannot be enrolled in a program for more than six (6) months and attend classes in Canada without a Study Permit.


10. 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, 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.


11. 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.


12. 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, 2020, meaning that eligible students may come back to Canada.

The exemption applies only to international students who have a valid study permit, or had been approved for a study permit, when the travel restrictions took effect on March 18, 2020.

Those travelling by air will need to undergo a health check conducted by their airline before boarding a flight to Canada. Their health will again be assessed on arrival in Canada, and all incoming students will be required to self-isolate for 14 days immediately after arrival.

The exemption will not apply to those whose study permit applications were approved after the border closures fully came into effect on that day. However, those planning to begin studies in Canada in August or September can begin their programs online from their home country in preparation for coming to Canada.

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


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.

If you are unable to come to Canada to start your Fall semester due to travel restrictions, you will be able to complete up to 50% of your program while you are abroad and still be eligible for the PGWPP. The time spent studying outside Canada will not be deducted from the duration of your post-graduation work permit between the fall of 2020 and December 31, 2020.

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


14. Are the International students eligible for Canada Emergency Response Benefit?

As of April 6, 2020, the Government of Canada has begun to accept applications for the newly announced Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). The programme provides emergency funding of CDN$500 per week, for up to 16 weeks.

The government has confirmed that international students can be eligible for the CERB if they meet the following program requirements:

  • Residing in Canada, who are at least 15 years old;
  • Who have stopped working because of COVID-19 and have not voluntarily quit their job or are eligible for EI regular or sickness benefits;
  • Who had income of at least $5,000 in 2019 or in the 12 months prior to the date of their application; and
  • Who are or expect to be without employment or self-employment income for at least 14 consecutive days in the initial four-week period. For subsequent benefit periods, they expect to have no employment or self-employment income.

To apply for the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit Benefit, visit the Government of Canada Web page.


15. 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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