We're Here for You!
As a Lakehead student, you have access to the services of Lakehead University's regulated International Student Immigration Advisor, who is designated through ICCRC (Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council). The advisor is here to help you with all immigration matters during your studies at Lakehead through one-on-one appointments and workshops.
On this page
- Hot Immigration Questions
- Current Student Immigration Information
- Graduating Student Immigration Information
Drop-in Immigration Advising
Get one-on-one advice from our advisor on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm through Zoom which you can access by clicking here.
Due to the current situation, IRCC has issued travel restrictions, exemptions, and office closures. At this time, all biometric offices in Canada and the USA are currently closed. Online processing may be delayed. Additionally, some VACs around the globe have been temporarily closed. Please review how these changes will affect your application by clicking here and plan accordingly.
Hot Immigration Questions of the Day
|I am a current student and want to return to Canada. Do I need special permission?|
International Students must be registered with a DLI with an approved COVID readiness plan to enter Canada as of October 20, 2020. Please visit the International Student Quarantine Page for information for students entering Canada.
|I have heard there will be changes to the ONIP program for masters and PhD graduates, is this true?|
Yes, the ONIP will introduce a new expression of interest point systems for these PNP streams. Please visit: https://www.ontario.ca/page/2021-ontario-immigrant-nominee-program-updates.
|If I renew my study permit, how can I renew my SIN?|
You can renew your social insurance number online with the Service Canada website.
|Is there a new pathway for international student graduates for permanent residency?|
Yes, IRCC made this announcement on April 14: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/news/2021/04/new-pathway-to-permanent-residency-for-over-90000-essential-temporary-workers-and-international-graduates.html. This stream will be open to graduates from May-November 2021.
|Will my online studies count towards my post-graduate work permit duration?|
Yes, IRCC has exceptions in place for international students outside of Canada. Please ensure you have applied for your study visa. For more details visit the IRCC website.
Do I need to give biometrics?
There continues to be delays with biometric collection across the globe due to COVID-19. Some centres have now reopened. For up to date information please visit: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/coronavirus-covid19/biometrics.html.
|I am currently inside of Canada studying. Can I travel outside for a vacation?|
Travel restrictions and 14 arrival quarantine is still mandatory for entry to Canada, and most other countries. Please visit the International Student Quarantine Page for information for students entering Canada.
|When do I apply for my post-graduate work permit?|
Once your classes have ended and your grades have been uploaded, you can request your degree met letter and official transcript for the PGWP. You cannot start working full-time until you have submitted this application online.
Please click here to know how coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is affecting immigration, refugees, citizenship and passport services according to IRCC.
|Immigration Resources Online|
Please CLICK HERE to access video tutorials and PDF handouts for help with immigration applications.
Lakehead University International is pleased to have a Regulated International Student Immigration Advisor (RISIA) certified by ICCRC on staff to assist with your questions and applications pertaining to studying in Canada.
Jennifer Hay, RISIA
International Immigration Advisor
In addition to the online resources, You are able to attend online immigration workshops, book one-on-one appointments (online), and email requests for information.
As per Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR), study permit holders in Canada are subject to both of the following conditions:
Please visit this link for details, up to date information regarding rules and regulations for international students from IRCC.
|Workshops and Updates|
Join us every Tuesday and Thursday at the live zoom drop in immigration sessions by clicking here.
The International Immigration Advisor will send monthly updates and workshop schedules to your Lakehead email account. Please ensure you check your email frequently.
Working in Canada
Students who are legally allowed to work part-time can continue working off-campus keeping in mind the safety precautions to protect themselves against COVID-19. Though most businesses have temporarily closed down there are still some companies that are hiring. Please take necessary precautions and stay safe while working.
You can only start working in Canada when your study program has started. You can’t work before you start your studies. If you’re able to work during your studies, it’ll say so in the conditions on your study permit.
You can work off-campus without a work permit if you meet all of these requirements:
If you’re a part-time student, you can work off-campus only if:
If you’re on an authorized leave from your studies, or you’re switching schools and you’re not studying, you CANNOT work off-campus. You can only return to work once you’re back to studying.
For more details, please visit the official website of the Government of Canada.
|Get a Social Insurance Number (SIN) to work in Canada|
International students with a valid study permit can now obtain and renew their social insurance number online with the Service Canada website.
A SIN is a 9 digit number that the Government of Canada gives you. You need one to work in Canada.
If your study permit doesn’t have work conditions on it:
Please click here to know how coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is affecting immigration services.
Please refer to the Question on Biometrics if you are required to give biometrics as part of your application by clicking here
|Study Permit Extensions|
All study permit extensions should be done at least two months before the expiry date. Please note the permit must be extended before any travel visas, so please allow enough time for processing before any travels abroad. Please visit the Online Resource Centre for tutorials. You can contact the immigration advisor on-campus if you require any additional assistance.
|Co-op Work Permits|
Once you have received confirmation you have been approved for co-op through the Student Success Department, you will be issued a letter. This letter is required to apply for your co-op work permit. There is no fee for this permit. Please click here for information on how to apply.
Canadian immigration permits cannot be issued past the validity of your passport. If your passport is expiring, we encourage you to start the renewal process early. You can contact your embassy in Canada to find out how to renew your passport in Canada.
|Temporary Residency Visa (TRV)/eTA renewals|
In order to enter Canada, you must have a valid temporary residency visa (TRV) stamp in your passport or eTA for applicable countries. Visit the official website of the Government of Canada to see what is required. Your permit does not allow entry to Canada. If you renew your study permit or change your status to a worker while in Canada, you can renew the TRV for travel after the new permit has been approved. Please click here for help on renewing your visa.
Please click here to know how coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is affecting immigration applications.
Post-graduate Work Permit (PGWP)
Leading into your final semester, there are a few things you can do to prepare for the post-graduate work permit (PGWP) application and the next steps.
Prepare to apply online. Please click here for information and resources on how to apply for the work permit.
|Applying for the PGWP|
Click here to access resources related to PGWP.
|Inviting Family to Convocation|
Please click here to know about Restrictions and exemptions for travellers to Canada due to COVID-19
|Travelling After Graduation|
Students can travel before or after applying for their PGWP. As soon as you apply for the PGWP in Canada, you have implied status. You must ensure your Canadian TRV or eTA is valid for re-entry into Canada.
|Working After Graduation|
As soon as you submit your PGWP application online in Canada, you can start working full-time anywhere in the country. Please click here to learn more about implied status.
Questions? Send an email to: email@example.com
Staying in Canada After Graduation
Canada has many pathways to permanent residency (PR) for international student graduates.
Click here to access resources related to Permanent Residency.
Lakehead University does not provide any advice or assistance with PR matters, however, we are happy to share some information and resources to assist you.
There are many pathways to Permanent residency for our graduates from Lakehead. The Thunder Bay Multicultural Association graciously provides free monthly PR information sessions on-campus (refer to your monthly email from the immigration advisor). We encourage you to attend a session for more information.
Other resources in the community include:
**Only designated RCIC Immigration Consultants can provide advice and assistance with PR matters (for a fee). If you decide to use a representative, please ensure they are certified with ICCRC: https://iccrc-crcic.ca/find-a-professional/
Employment and Job Searching
|National Occupation Classification (NOC) Listing|
Most programs for permanent residency require work in the NOC 0, A or B category. Please review the NOC listing and ensure your searching for the right jobs by clicking at this link.
|Job Search Assistance|
Please connect with Lakehead University’s Career Zone for employment assistance in job searching, interview practice, resume writing and more: Career Zone
Job bank: https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/home