International students completing field-work, research abroad face uncertain future

March 24, 2020

International students of Canadian universities that are conducting research abroad are facing uncertainty regarding when they can return to Canada. Universities Canada President Paul Davidson estimated that hundreds of students are in this type of predicament. “There are international students who have rented apartments in Montreal or in Vancouver and just happened to be away doing field work at the time,” explains Davidson. “So, is there a way we can get them home?" Contradictory messages from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Public Safety Minister Bill Blair have reportedly caused confusion as Trudeau stated that temporary residents are not exempt from border closures, while Blair stated such individuals will be allowed to enter Canada. The federal government has announced that student visas will not be impacted as university classes move online nor if school semesters are extended. The Standard (National)