COVID-19 Travel Update for International Students

COVID-19 Readiness Plan Approved

We are pleased to announce that Pacific Professional Flight Centre’s COVID-19 Readiness Plan has been approved by the Canadian government and we are now on the Approved Designated Learning Institutions (DLIs) list.

The Government of Canada has put in place emergency measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Canada. Please carefully review the COVID-19 Travel Information to meet Canadian quarantine and travel regulations. Failing to do so will delay or have your entry refused at the border.

Mandatory Test and Hotel Quarantine for Air Travelers

The Government of Canada has put in place an Emergency Order on Quarantine, Isolation and Other Obligations under the Quarantine Act. It applies to all travelers arriving in Canada. Its purpose is to slow the spread of COVID-19 and its variants in Canada.

Before Arrival:

  • One must obtain a negative COVID-19 molecular test result taken up to 72 hours before departure time.
  • One must reserve a government-authorized hotel for 3 nights prior to departure to Canada.
  • One must submit proof of having reserved and pre-paid for their accommodation and 14-day isolation plan through the federal ArriveCAN app and
  • One must submit the 14-day quarantine plan through Provincial BC Self-Isolation Form before arriving in Canada.
  • One must register his/her Travel/Isolation Plan with Pacific Professional Flight Centre by submitting the Travel Plan Declaration Form before arriving in Canada
  • One must request a Non-Discretionary Travel letter from school Administrator prior to travel

After Arrival:

  • One must take a COVID-19 molecular test on arrival in Canada.
  • One must stay in the government-authorized hotel while awaiting the results of the COVID-19 molecular test taken on arrival.
  • One must take another COVID-19 molecular test later during their 14-day quarantine. Travelers will be provided with a COVID-19 test kit and instructions before leaving the airport.

For details on COVID-19 test requirements and how to plan and submit 14-day quarantine plan, please visit official COVID-19 testing for travelers coming into Canada  page or International Students Travelling to Canada section on our COVID-19 page.

International Students

The Professional Flight Centre has had a long history of training students from outside Canada. Approximately 50% of our business comes from abroad. International students are drawn to Canada for flight training due to the high standard of the Canadian ICAO Licenses as well as our stable and affordable dollar, making it one of the world’s safest and most inexpensive countries to receive superior aviation training.

International Student

Over the years, we have trained pilots from over 40 countries encompassing all four corners of the globe. We are well versed in the special needs that our out-of-country guests may need and we always go out of our way to make your stay a positive one in every way possible. There is inexpensive housing located short  distances from our Boundary Bay facility . If you require English as a Second Language (ESL) training, we can also help coordinate this for you.

International Student

We often find that when the training is complete and  it is time to return home, many of our students find leaving difficult due to the life-long friendships developed, extraordinary experiences shared, and exceptional training received during their time training at Professional Flight Centre. Many of our former students are now flying for major airlines in their respective home countries and keep in touch with us as they progress in their careers. As far as we are concerned, they, like all of our students, will always be part of the extended family of “Pro”.

Do I require a Study Permit to train at PRO?

Under the Canadian immigration laws, you will be required to obtain a Student Authorization Visa from your local Canadian Consulate if the projected duration of your training is more than 6 months. You do not need to acquire a study permit if you are planning to enrol in a short-term program of 6 months or less, but rather you can enter Canada as a visitor. Citizens of some countries require a Visitor’s Visa to enter Canada while some do not. If you do not need one, you can enter based upon your valid passport.

Do I need to pay full program cost up front?

No, there is no need to prepay full program cost up front. Instead, you will pay as you go and be charged by “flight time”. We do have International Students depositing first year tuition in advance to help with Student Visa applications. Please see Tips for obtaining a Study Permit section below for more information.

People from the following countries do NOT need a Visitor’s Visa:

Citizens of Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Botswana, Brunei, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Israel (National Passport holders only), Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Portugal, Republic of Korea, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, San Marino, Scotland Singapore, Solomon Islands, Spain, Swaziland, Sweden, Slovenia, Switzerland, United States, and Western Samoa;

If you are planning on attending our Institution for over six months, you must make an application at your local Canadian Consulate for a Study Permit. This is not a problem; it simply takes a little more time to process. As long as all of the required paperwork is in order, you will likely be granted permission to enter Canada as a student and commence training at our school within 4-6 weeks.

Procedure to receive a Study Permit:

The following are the requirements from the Canadian Consulate to successfully process your Study Permit application. You will be required to produce the following:

  • If everything seems in order with respect to your application to train as a pilot with us, Professional Flight Centre will issue you with an original Letter of Acceptance authorizing you to train at our Institution upon request. This letter must be an original; a photo-copy, fax, or e-mail copy will not suffice. This letter requires a valid and subsisting passport indicating date of birth, date of issue, country of issue, passport number, and details of the course you intend to enroll in;
  • Proof that you have sufficient funds to pay for school fees and cover living expenses for your duration of stay in Canada;
  • Proof that you will be returning home upon course completion;
  • Pass a Medical Exam if needed, (if you are inbound from some countries, this will be an additional requirement).

The Canadian Consulate will review your application, conduct the required background checks, and possibly interview the candidate. If everything on the application is satisfactory, you will be granted the Study Permit to train in Canada for the duration that is specified on the Permit. If at a later date you require an extension of the Permit, it is normally not a problem if you have a valid reason and the extension is requested early enough for it to be granted.

For more information, please refer to the Citizen and Immigration Canada website. It is very comprehensive and will answer any further questions you may have about coming to Canada to train with us.

In all cases, you will surely be supported by Professional Flight Centre in your application by correspondence in the form of e-mails, fax, or telephone if needed.

Tips for obtaining a Study Permit:

Canadian Study Permit application process is a fairly transparent and straight-forward process. We wish your experience to be as smooth as possible. Below are the tips we gathers from years of experience to successfully obtaining a Study Permit. Please read it carefully. If you have questions, please contact us.

  1. Allow for 1-3 months of Visa processing time.
  2. If an interview is required, dress formally. First impressions can be crucial.
  3. Know the program you are applying for, and how it fits your career plans.
  4. Submit the correct paperwork.
  5. Submit proof that you have enough funds.
  6. Offer embassy proof that you will return to home country upon course completion. Materials such as proof of property, family, and news paper article on promises of jobs in home country will definitely help.
  7. Our past experiences showed that submitting official school letter demonstrating amount of prepaid tuition gave greater chances of having Study Permits approved by Canadian Embassy. Students usually deposited first year tuition in advance which is the cost of Private Pilot License. Professional Flight Centre always issued official letters to students indicating amount of prepaid tuition received. In case Study Permit still got rejected, prepaid tuition will be refunded through Wire Transfer in full, less any bank charges and $165 CAD administration fee.

How to Be An International Student Pilot in Canada

What’s it like to be an International Student in Canada? We recommend new students to go through BC’s New Comer’s Guide to learn about details on BC’s health, education, government systems and many more. This will prepare one’s arrival to BC and help one to adapt to the new environment quickly and smoothly.

Our former student (current an instructor at Pro) Poul Go made the following video on how to be an international student pilot in Canada. Poul came from Philippine and finished his PPL, CPL, Multi-IFR, and Instructor Rating in Canada at Pro. He hopes this video can help out others who were also planning to learn flying in Canada. Feel free to check out other flight training videos on his YouTube Channel.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I work part-time when studying in Canada?

Yes! International Student can work up to 20 hours per week while studying full-time.

Does school offer job opportunities to International Students?
Yes! Professional Flight Centre provides Dispatch and Instructor positions to both domestic and International students. Prior obtaining the Instructor Rating, many of our International Students choose to work at Dispatch. Please see Job Opportunity page for details.
Do you accept Credit Card payment for LOA fee?
Yes, the LOA fee can be paid using Credit Card. Please email or call our dispatch to arrange the payment.
Do I need to submit high school grads or college transcripts when applying for LOA?
No, high school grads and colleges transcripts are not required for applying to Professional Flight Centre.
Do you provide housing/accommodation to students?

Please visit Student Accommodation page for detailed information on housing/accommodation.

Can I obtain work permit after finishing the CPL or Instructor Rating program?

The answer is Yes! According to Government of Canada, to be eligible for a Post-graduation work permit (PGWP), you must meet one of these requirements:

  • You’ve completed a flight training course at a Canadian training centre and now have a Canadian commercial pilot’s license, or
  • You have or you are in the process of getting an instructor’s rating, and you have a job offer to work as a flight instructor at a flight training centre.

More information can be obtained from Government of Canada website at here.

I am already in Canada on Visitor Visa, can I apply for a Study Permit?
Yes, after obtaining the Letter of Acceptance, you can apply for a study permit from within Canada.
I am an International Student in Canada studying in another school. Do I need to apply for a new Study Permit after joining your school?
No, there is no need to apply for a new permit. You only need to notify Immigration Canada that you have changed school. This can be done online. Please visit Changing School page from Immigration Canada on how to change school.

More questions?

Please visit our International Student General Information and FAQ section that addresses frequently asked questions regarding International Study and Flight Training. Feel free to contact us if you have further questions.

How to start at PRO?

Are you an International Student wishing to become a pilot in Canada?  Just 5 easy steps, and you’ll be on your way!  Here’s just how to do it!

STEP 1 – Complete LOA (Letter of Acceptance) application form below:

    Personal Details

    Sex:

    Citizenship:

    Address Details

    Country*:

    Passport Details

    Issued in Country Of:

    Date of Issue: (ex. 2018-08-31)

    Valid Until: (ex. 2018-08-31)

    Date of Birth: (ex. 2018-08-31)

    Programs and Ratings to Apply

    Estimated Start Date

    Applying through Student Direct Stream Program?:

    Comments

    STEP 2 – We will get in touch with you to make sure all information is correct.

    STEP 3 – Submit a non-refundable application fee of:

    • $504 CDN ($480.00 + GST) for the Letter of Acceptance,
    • $176 CDN for DHL or FedEx Shipping
    • Total including taxes is $680.00 CDN (payable by Credit Card or Bank Transfer)

    STEP 4 – Once we receive your payment, we will send you an LOA with a tracking number. (Tracking number will be emailed to you)

    STEP 5 – Go to the nearest Canadian Consulate. Apply for a Study Permit, and come to Canada!  It’s that easy!!

    [Special COVID-19 Travel Update]

    The Government of Canada has put in place emergency measures to slow the introduction and spread of COVID-19 in Canada. International Students travelling to Canada MUST QUARANTINE for 14 days, provide contact information and monitor yourself for signs and symptoms as required by the Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Mandatory Isolation).

    Before arriving in Canada, one is required to complete and submit a 14-day quarantine (self-isolation) plan through ArriveCAN app, Provincial BC Self-Isolation Form  and school’s Travel Plan Declaration Form. The plan must outline where and how one will self-isolate for 14 days, and will be reviewed by government officials upon your arrival in Canada.

    For exact details on how to plan and submit 14-day quarantine plan, please visit International Students Travelling to Canada section on our COVID-19 page.