As an international student, you are required to pay international fees. However, should your citizenship status change, you may be considered for an exemption from international tuition fees.
Eligibility For Exemption for International Tuition Fees
You may be eligible to claim exemption from international tuition fees if you meet any of the following conditions:
- I am a citizen of Canada within the meaning of the Citizenship Act, or a person registered as an Indian within the meaning of the Indian Act (i.e. Citizenship Card, Active Canadian Passport).
- I am the legal dependent of a Canadian Citizen (notarized document confirming dependency and that party’s Canadian Citizenship status is required).
I am a person who:
- has been granted “permanent resident” status and has not had that status revoked (proof of residency to be provided); or
- has been approved “in principle” for permanent resident status in Canada (required documentation is a letter confirming that Citizenship & Immigration Canada has determined eligibility for Immigration to Canada); or
- meets the eligibility requirements to apply for permanent resident status in Canada (and can provide a letter from Citizenship & Immigration Canada supporting this claim); or
- is a legal dependent of a Permanent Resident of Canada (notarized document confirming dependency and that party’s permanent resident status is required).
I have been determine to be a protected person (or legal dependent of), including a Convention Refugee or a person in need of protection, within the meaning of subsection 95 (2) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and by the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) or the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Canada (required documentation is a protected person document issued under section 31 (1) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act or a “notice of decision” issued by the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Canada).
Visitor with Work Permit
I am a visitor (or legal dependent of) who is authorized to work in Canada and has been issued a work permit. The following are excluded from this category:
- a visitor who is a graduate teaching assistant; or
- an international student holding a work permit to complete his/her co-op or internship employment; or
- an international student holding an open work permit for post-graduation work (usually up to 3 years of work opportunities upon graduation); or
- an international student whose spouse and common-law partner have received a work permit as a result of the international student holding a valid Study Permit” or
- an international student holding an “Off Campus Work Permit”; or
- a member of a foreign military force or of a civilian component thereof admitted to Canada under the Vising Forces Act or any dependents of such personnel (notarized document confirming dependency and that party’s diplomatic status is required).
I was admitted to and remain in Canada with official accreditation from the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International trade, who has entered Canada or is in Canada to carry out official duties as:
- a diplomatic or consular officer; or
- a Canadian government-accredited representative; or
- an official of a country other than Canada, of the United Nations or any of its agencies; or
- any intergovernmental organizations of which Canada is a member; or
- a dependent of a member of the staff of any such diplomat, consular officer, representative, or official accredited to Canada by the Canadian government.
How to Apply for Exemption
Please carefully review the criteria and submit your completed Certificate of Exemption from International Fees form, along with original documentation and proof, to Student Central by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
- a spouse;
- a common-law partner
- a dependent child or the dependent child of a spouse or common-law partner;
- a dependent child of the dependent child referred to above.
- under age 22 and not a spouse or common-law partner;
- enrolled continuously at a college, university or other educational institution and dependent substantially on the financial support of the parent since before age 22 or since becoming a spouse1 or common-law partner if that occurred before age 22, or
- a person with a disability who has been financially supported substantially by his or her parents, and who is unable to be self-supporting because of the disability.
- An affidavit signed by both spouses, confirming that they are living together in a conjugal relationship for not less than three years, or that they are living together in a conjugal relationship and are raising any children of whom they both are the natural or adoptive parent, is required to verify their common-law status.