My friend is in Canada on Study Visa. She needs to travel to her home country India for a short trip. Considering the

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Customer: My friend is in Canada on Study Visa. She needs to travel to her home country India for a short trip. Considering the COVID situation, how safe is it right now to leave Canada and come back again for an international student?
JA: What steps has your friend taken? Has she filed any paperwork with the U.S. government?
Customer: Her current and next semester have been declared to be ONLINE by her grad school.
JA: Has she talked to a lawyer about the visa?
Customer: So she's already studying in Canada right now, on Study visa.
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Customer: That's be all for now. I can answer any questions the lawyer might have.
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Hello - My name is ***** ***** I'm happy to assist you today. I am a Canadian lawyer who is able to answer immigration law questions.

If your friend's study permit was approved on or before March 20, 2020 and the Canada Immigration border officer at the port of entry determines that your friend is travelling for non discretionary or non optional purposes according to the COVID 19 travel restrictions, she may be allowed re-entry. The officer will look at whether your friend is continuing an existing course of study, whether she was already in Canada on a study permit and whether she is unable to study online from her home country.

Having a study permit itself does not guarantee re-entry but the border officer may allow re-entry if your friend continues to meet the conditions of her study permit. It is best though to also have a multi entry visitor visa to facilitate re-entry.

Hope this answers your question.

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Okay. So as of now she has her study visa valid till April 30th 2021. And yes it was approved much before March 20, 2020. The point you mentioned about officer determining whether she can study from home is what I am concerned with. She is my fiance and we are planning to get married in India this November. But that's what we are trying to ensure whether she would be able to re-enter Canada if we go ahead and plan our India trip. Please let me know if you need further details to answer more specifically.
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I see - Here is the link to the Covid 19 travel restrictions guidelines for international students for your reference which details what officers will consider when deciding whether or not to allow re-entry which should help you.

https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/coronavirus-covid19/students.html

As I indicated, the final decision rests with the Immigration officer at the port of entry when you are re-entering Canada and that decision is discretionary based on that officer's assessment of your fiancee's situation at the time of entry so there really isn't any way to ensure re-entry. However, having a visitor visa helps to facilitate reentry in addition to having a valid study permit.

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Alright. Thank you so much Joanne. This was really helpful :)
I'll check the links you've shared above.
You have a great weekend ahead.
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You are very welcome. I am glad I was able to help you.

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