Updated April 29, 2020
Social Insurance Number (SIN): In-person services are currently unavailable at Service Canada Centres.To apply for your first SIN or to extend or renew your SIN, you can apply online or by mail. If your SIN application meets the requirements, you will be sent a letter with your SIN by mail within 20 business days, from the date the application is received.
Employment Insurance (EI): International students are eligible for the Employment Insurance (EI) providing all eligibility criteria are met. Eligibility and application information is available on the Employment Insurance website. You are eligible for EI Regular Benefits if you:
- Were employed in insurable employment
- Lost your job through no fault of your own
- Have been without work and pay for at least seven consecutive days in the last 52 weeks
- Have worked for the required number of insurable employment hours in the last 52 weeks or since the start of your last EI claim, whichever is shorter
- Are ready, willing and capable of working each day
- Are actively looking for work (you must keep a written record of employers you contact, including when you contacted them)
Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB): International students are eligible for the CERB providing all other eligibility criteria are met. Main eligibility criteria, including:
- You are residing in Canada
- You have stopped working because of reasons related to COVID-19
- You had employment and/or self-employment income of at least $5,000 in 2019 or in the 12 months before the date of application
- You have not quit your job voluntarily
When submitting your first claim, you cannot have earned more than $1,000 in employment and/or self-employment income for 14 or more consecutive days within the four-week benefit period of your claim. When submitting subsequent claims, you cannot have earned more than $1,000 in employment and/or self-employment income for the entire four-week benefit period of your new claim.
Eligibility and application information is available on the CERB website.
Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB)
Updated May 14, 2020
International students are not eligible for this benefit.
Tax Filing: The deadline for individuals to file tax has been extended to June 1, 2020. Students can file taxes at no cost using UFile Online service. ISS is providing online tutorials and support sessions. There are available on the ISS web page.