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Update: Ryerson University’s readiness plan to welcome international students

As was announced by the federal government earlier this fall, all post secondary institutions must have a COVID-19 readiness plan approved by their provincial government to be able to welcome international students.

Effective November 17th, Ryerson's readiness plan has been approved by the federal and provincial governments. 

In addition to Ryerson University’s approved COVID-19 readiness plan, international students must be eligible to enter Canada through possession of a valid study permit or letter of introduction issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). For more information related to travel to Canada please visit this webpage, external link. If you are unclear about your eligibility to enter Canada, please contact International Student Support at issask@ryerson.ca

Date: November 17, 2020

Faculty & Staff

The Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) was established in July 2011 by the federal department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, in adherence to Section 91 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA, external link). This section states that anyone who provides Canadian immigration services for a fee or other consideration, must be registered as an Immigration Consultant, and maintain good standing with the ICCRC. Members in good standing of a law society of a province (including paralegals) and  the Chambre des notaires du Québec are also authorized to provide advice or representation for consideration in connection with an application or procedure under the Act.

Without proper certification, University employees cannot advise students about immigration options, help them complete immigration forms, or communicate with immigration officials on their behalf. Advising someone on their immigration options can be considered unauthorized practice. The penalty associated with the offence of representing or advising a person ranges from fines (up to $100,000) to imprisonment (up to two years).

At Ryerson, International Student Support (ISS) is the authorized office to provide immigration support to all students. Our professional staff are licensed by ICCRC to provide immigration support to our students and abide by the PDF fileICCRC Code of Professional Ethics, external link, opens in new window 

ISS full-time professional staff support Ryerson students in immigration matters related to their student experience at Ryerson.

If you are supporting a prospective applicant then you can always refer them to www.cic.gc.ca, external link and/or Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada helpline 1-888-242-2100 (in Canada only). If the prospective applicant is outside of Canada then you can also refer them to Canadian VISA Application Centres, external link.

If you have any questions related to IRPA section 91 and/or ICCRC ethical code of conduct then please feel free to connect with our team of licensed advisors at issask@ryerson.ca.