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: October 22, 2021 at 10 a.m. EST
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 an approved study permit; you can begin your studies if your study permit has been approved in principle. 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 due to missing documentation. Applying early will increase your chances of obtaining a decision on your study permit application before beginning your studies.
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 email@example.com as we may be able to support you through the re-application process.
Students that are submitting applications from within Canada are temporarily exempt from providing biometrics. Find out if this biometric exemption applies to you.
This exemption applies to new applications as well as applications already in progress. If you have already submitted your application and paid the fee you will automatically be refunded once your application is finalized. If you are submitting your application now and the online application system asks you to pay for biometrics (CAN$85) you do not have to pay for it and you can ignore the Biometric Instruction Letter (BIL) that will be sent to you.
Students that are submitting applications outside of Canada must still provide biometrics. Find out what to do if you aren't able to provide biometrics.
Please note that if you are unable to provide documentation for your application, IRCC will no longer be automatically extending deadlines. You need to make sure you check your IRCC account and update IRCC with reasons as to why you cannot meet the deadlines. IRCC will no longer be holding incomplete applications open, so if you miss the deadlines, IRCC may refuse your application.
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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