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Drop-in Immigration Advising is available only Tuesdays/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.
Applying for your Study Permit and Visa
Some VACs Visa Application centers have temporarily closed or are operating with limited hours and services and this varies from country to country. Check your VAC website before you go. To know more click here.
Congratulations on your acceptance to Lakehead University!
It is now time to apply for your study visa and permit. Study permits are required for any studies more than 6 months in length, click here to learn more.
We encourage applicants to submit their study visa and permit applications online through the IRCC website. When you are outside of Canada, the visa and study permit applications are done together. When the application is approved online, you will be sent an approval letter and asked to submit your passport for stamping. You will be issued the actual study permit upon entry. Here are some steps to get you started:
- Create an IRCC account. Please log onto the website and open an account to apply
- Gather required documents:
- Letter of acceptance
- Proof of identity (“international” passport)
- Proof of financial support
Other items may also be required, depending on your country of birth. Please click here for more details.
Questions? Send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
We strongly encourage you to meet all conditions and have an unconditional letter of acceptance before you start the study permit process. This is the best way to ensure your study permit is issued for the correct duration of time and with the correct conditions.
However, we understand due to processing times, you may have to apply for your study permit with a conditional letter. If you decide to use a conditional letter of acceptance, please clearly demonstrate how you are currently working towards the conditions (finishing high school, completing IELTS). You may be issued a one-year study permit with conditions on working while studying if you use a conditional offer. This can be corrected after arrival once conditions are met and you have registered.
As of now, many Service Canada locations across Canada continued to offer limited in-person services. Many applicants continue to be exempt from biometric collection with their temporary residency applications and extensions (inside of Canada). Please visit the IRCC website to check for biometric collection in your area:
You should check the expiry date of your passport before you start the process. A study permit cannot be issued past your passport validity, therefore if your passport is expiring in the next two years, you may want to consider renewing this first. To renew your passport in Canada, most countries require an in-person meeting at the embassy (in Ottawa) which can be costly and time-consuming.
A medical exam could also be required, depending on your country of citizenship and program of study. This request is typically sent (if required) after you apply. Once you submit your online application, you will be sent a request for medical, if it is required. Please follow the instructions in the medical request letter and complete the requirement before the deadline indicated. If you plan to study and work in the health field, we recommend completing the medical before coming to Canada and including this with your study permit application.
Co-op is work-integrated learning as part of your degree studies. Co-op may be a mandatory component to your program (either undergrad or masters program). Lakehead University will approve co-op positions after your first year of studies. Workshops will be held on-campus for individuals needing to apply for this permit.
|Program End Dates|
Although your letter of acceptance does not have an end date listed, you will be required to enter this information on your study permit application form. We recommend the following:
|Accompanying family members|
Dependents (spouse and/or children) of international students in Canada are eligible to visit, study and work while their family member studies. You can include your family members in your original application to come to Canada, or invite them to accompany you after you arrive. More information on family members can be found here.
Once you submit your application, you can track the progress through your IRCC online account. IRCC will send you notifications anytime they make a change. You can check processing times on the main page of the IRCC website.
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