Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has created provisions for international students who wish to apply to study in Canada in response to COVID-19.
This resource page is for incoming international students and includes frequently asked questions to help you prepare to begin your studies at Laurier.
Date of last update: May 29, 2020, at 12:00 p.m. ET
Information from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) continues to change due to COVID-19. It is recommended that you refer to the IRCC website for updates and changes.
According to the IRCC, Canada will allow you to begin your studies remotely without a completed study permit. We highly recommend that you begin the process of applying for a study permit even if you do not have all the required documents to complete your application. Please continue to update your application via webform.
Your application will not be refused for missing documentation. Applying early will increase your chances of obtaining a decision on your study permit application before beginning your studies in September.
We recommend arranging your travel documents because:
If you start your studies without a valid study permit, there’s no guarantee you’ll be approved in the future to come to Canada.
Laurier will not issue tuition refunds for completed courses due to a study permit rejection. You will also be required to pay tuition for partially completed courses in accordance with the guidelines set in the Undergraduate Academic Calendar.
We highly encourage you to get a study permit before you start your courses to eliminate these risks.
If your study permit application is refused, please email firstname.lastname@example.org as we may be able to support you through the re-application process.
According to the IRCC website, if you are unable to give your biometrics, your application will be kept open until documents are received or evidence is provided that action has been taken. Please see the IRCC website for information on how they will process your application. Also see the IRCC website for where to give your biometrics.
You can begin studying remotely without a completed study permit; however, when the time comes to study in person in Canada, you will need to submit your biometrics to enter Canada.
Having a valid study permit before beginning studies, whether you're inside or outside of Canada, is especially important for those who want to remain eligible for the post-graduation work permit (PGWP).
The fall 2020 term of the LEAF program will be virtual. We highly recommend that you obtain your study permit to begin studying in the LEAF program.
Even though programs of less than six months do not require a study permit, you will still need one to travel to Canada when in-person studies resume and for your undergraduate studies.
Studying in the LEAF program, whether remotely or in person, does not impact your eligibility for a post-graduation work permit (PGWP)
The LEAF program office can be contacted at email@example.com.
You can email Laurier International with questions about the study permit application process at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For questions related to your application, please email email@example.com so that we can help.
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