About Lakehead International Student Services on Immigration
Lakehead International Student Services (ISS) team is happy to help you with immigration questions or concerns, whether you are an incoming student, a current student, or a student about to graduate!
Do you know that you can interact with us in more than one way?
Lakehead International Student Services (ISS) offers both in-person and online appointments for our students to meet with an immigration consultant and discuss their specific questions or concerns. Please feel free to choose a date and time that works best for you!
101 Immigration Workshops and Webinars
Lakehead International Student Services (ISS) is here to support students from around the world, we offer regular online sessions for students to join and learn about important immigration documents and processes.
Topics can include:
Email and FAQs
We know our students have similar immigration questions. Hence, we have developed the FAQs page to help with initial inquiries.
Alternatively, if you are unable to meet with us virtually or in person and our FAQ page does not address your question or concern, you also have the option to direct any inquiries to our email, email@example.com
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 Immigration Advisors (RCICs & RISIAs) licensed through CICC (College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants) on staff to assist with your questions and applications pertaining to studying in Canada.
Jennifer Hay, RCIC
International Student Advisor
Jintu Thomson, RCIC
International Student 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|
Lakehead International Student Services will send monthly updates and workshop schedules to your Lakehead email account or live on our event and workshops page. Please ensure you check your email frequently and learn more here!
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. 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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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://college-ic.ca/protecting-the-public/find-an-immigration-consultant
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
Social Insurance Number (SIN)
Social Insurance Number (SIN) is required for anyone that wants to work and be paid in Canada. Understand the employer’s role in requesting SIN. International students with valid study permits can obtain or renew their SIN online or visit Service Canada
Find a Service Canada Office
Thunder Bay: Service Canada, 975 Alloy Drive, Thunder Bay
Orillia: Service Canada, 50 Andrew Street South, Suite 101, Orillia
Conditions to Apply SIN as an International Students
To apply for a SIN to work off-campus, you must have these conditions printed on your study permit:
If your study permit doesn’t have work conditions on it:
Need Additional Support on Your Application?
In the event that you need additional support on your application, you can reach out to :
- IRCC Help Centre (frequently asked questions – online)
- IRCC Web Form (direct inquiries can be submitted through the web form)
- IRCC Client Support (Call) Centre – 1-888-242-2100 (for those already in Canada).
Automated telephone service is available 24/7 and you can listen to pre-recorded information about IRCC programs and check the status of your application.
Call Centre agents and services are available in English and Français (Monday to Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. local time, excluding holidays)