Important Updates from Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada
Student Visa and Student Authorization
- If approved by the College you will receive a letter of acceptance, which will give your student status
- Use this letter to apply for a visa, so that you may enter Canada
- When you arrive in Canada you will receive your student authorization from an Immigration Canada Office
The Immigration Section of the Canadian diplomatic mission in your location can provide full information about how to apply for admission to Canada.
Co-op Work Permit and Unpaid Education Placements
As an international student, you may be enrolled in a program of study that has a co-op or unpaid work placement. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) requires you to have a valid co-op work permit before starting your work placement experience. Without a co-op work permit, you will not be legally allowed to work in a co-op or work placement position in Canada.
St. Clair College includes on your international Letter of Acceptance (LOA) whether you have a placement component built in to your program of study. If your LOA indicates a placement, you must apply for a Co-Op work permit.
Please review the “How to Apply” directions on the IRCC website for guidance and tips. Should you have any questions about the Co-op Work Permit requirements or process, please contact the International Education Centre. You may visit the International department in room 220 of the Main campus or contact them by phone at 519-972-2727 ext 2753.
Some or all of these documents may be needed to obtain your Visa:
- A letter of acceptance from the Registrar at St. Clair College: this letter is sent to you by the International Development Office
- Proof of your good character, and if it applies, a letter from your sponsoring organization
- A certificate of medical clearance
- Proof of financial ability to live and study in Canada, including return transportation
- A valid passport
YOU MUST HAVE STUDENT AUTHORIZATION TO BE REGISTERED AT THE COLLEGE
Your student authorization will allow you to attend only one institution. It also specifies the period of time you stay in Canada. You may have to get a new student authorization if there are any changes to the conditions of your authorization, including:
- Your course of study is longer than expected
- You plan to change schools
- You want to accept work of any kind
- You will finish your studies before the course has ended and you don't plan to leave immediately after
- Anything concerning your stay in Canada is not entirely clear
We suggest that you report any changes to Immigration Canada as soon as possible. If you don’t report changes, you may be breaking Canadian immigration laws. This could result in an order for you to leave Canada.
If your passport needs to be renewed while you are in Canada you should contact your home country's consulate or embassy at least two months before the passport expires.
Should you wish to visit another country, the International Development Office has a directory of foreign embassies and consulates in Canada. The International Student Advisor at the College can assist with Canadian immigration business. However, it is the student, not the College who is responsible for personal immigration status.
Note: International students are not usually allowed to work in Canada unless on-the-job training is part of the course of study.
For immigration inquiries in Windsor or Chatham:
Citizenship and Immigration Canada
1250 Walker Road,
For information about how to study in Canada, visit Immigration Canada's Website.