Tia's Advice: End of Spring Term

UVic Global Community Newsletter: March 27, 2017

Tia's Advice is a section of the UVic Global Community Newsletter that includes International Student Advising information and a list of Important Dates for undergraduate and graduate degree-seeking students, incoming exchange students and incoming visiting students.

Are you leaving UVic after spring term?

Maybe you are finishing up your UVic degree program. Maybe you plan to take a break from your studies at UVic. Or, maybe you will return home to finish your program after spending a few months studying at UVic.

If you plan to attend the convocation ceremony in June, and you want to invite a guest who needs a temporary resident visa (TRV) to enter Canada, you can request an invitation letter for your guest to include in their TRV application. Family and friends can also watch your convocation ceremony as a live webcast.

No matter your reason for leaving UVic, take a moment to consider the following questions.

Will you stay in Canada?

Make sure your Canadian immigration document matches the reason for your stay.

To work:

  • Most international students who complete a degree program at UVic will be eligible to apply for a post-graduation work permit AFTER completing all program requirements.
  • Degree-seeking students who plan to take a break from their studies at UVic should visit or contact International Student Services to discuss their employment options.
  • Exchange students and visiting students who want to work in Canada before returning home can explore various employment options on the the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website.

Career Services is an amazing resource available to all UVic students and alumni. They can help you search for employment and navigate your career in Canada.

To study:

  • If you already have a valid study permit, be sure to notify IRCC that you are changing institutions. Or, if your study permit will expire soon, apply to extend it.
  • If you do not already have a study permit, you will probably need to apply for one. Visit the IRCC website to determine whether or not you need a study permit.

As a visitor:

  • If you want to stay in Canada beyond the validity of your current status, and you do not want to work or study, you can apply to stay in Canada as a visitor.

As a permanent resident:

  • Visit the IRCC website to learn about the programs available for immigrating to Canada permanently.

Think about which other documents you might also need to update: Health Insurance, Social Insurance Number, etc.

Will you leave Canada?

Tips for keeping your stuff out of the garbage:

Tips for wrapping up your affairs in Canada:

  • If you are leaving permanently, and you have a valid CareCard or BC Services Card, you must cancel your BC Medical Services Plan (MSP) account.
  • If you are leaving temporarily, and you have a valid CareCard or BC Services Card, contact Health Insurance BC at 1-800-663-7100 and ask to speak with an enrolment specialist about your options.
  • If you have extended health insurance through the UVic plan for undergraduate students, visit the UVSS Info Booth in the SUB to discuss your options.
  • If you have extended health insurance through the UVic plan for graduate students, contact the GSS Health Plan Coordinator in the Halpern Centre to discuss your options.
  • Do you live on campus? Have you connected with Residence Services for guidance about moving out?
  • Do you live off campus? Have you given your landlord or roommate(s) written notice about your intentions? Make sure you understand your responsibilities as a tenant.
  • Consider what you need to do about accounts that are in your name, such as your bank accounts, mobile phone, hydro, internet, cable, etc.

Whether you spent four months or four years at UVic, your time here will have influenced your perspective of the world. You might think that moving to a new country and culture was the most challenging part of your international student experience, but returning home after spending time away is often just as challenging.

It is common for international students to experience a transition called "reverse culture shock". Module 2 on the What's Up With Culture website can help you prepare for this transition. The content is written for students returning to the United States, but it is valuable for anyone who has studied abroad.

Are you continuing your studies at UVic?

Take a moment to consider your plans for summer session.

Will you live on campus?

If you plan to live on campus, and you have not yet requested permission, please contact Residence Services as soon as possible.

Will you work in Canada?

Information about employment options for international students can be found on our website. Make sure you understand the restrictions associated with each option and do not work without the proper authorization.

If you have any questions, please visit or contact International Student Services BEFORE starting to work in Canada.

Will you travel outside Canada?

If you plan to visit a country other than your country of citizenship, contact that country's nearest Consular Office for information and instructions.

Please also verify that your travel document and your Canadian immigration documents are in order BEFORE leaving Canada. You will need them to re-enter Canada, no matter the duration of your trip.

If you need a temporary resident visa (TRV) to enter Canada, but you intend to return to Canada without a valid TRV after a visit only to the United States, please print Part 9, Division 5, Paragraph 190(3)(f) from Canada's Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations and carry it with you. If you will return to Canada on an airplane, please also contact the airline to make sure they are aware of this regulation. Otherwise, you could be prevented from boarding the airplane and returning to Canada.

Please also ensure that you have adequate travel insurance:

  • If you have extended health insurance through the UVic plan for undergraduate students, learn about your travel coverage online or visit the UVSS Info Booth in the SUB.
  • If you have extended health insurance through the UVic plan for graduate students, learn about your travel coverage online or contact the GSS Health Plan Coordinator in the Halpern Centre.
  • If you are not covered by either of these plans, we strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance.

More information about health insurance for international students can be found on our website.

Are you returning to your studies at UVic during summer session?

If you attended another college, university or language school in Canada while on a break from your studies at UVic, you must notify Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) about your plans to return to UVic. Follow the instructions on the IRCC website to submit a notification.

If you are currently outside Canada, please verify that your travel document and your Canadian immigration documents are in order BEFORE re-entering Canada.

If you have any questions, please visit or contact International Student Services.

Are you starting your studies at UVic during summer session?

Congratulations on your admission to UVic!

Visit our website for valuable information that will help you prepare for a successful start.

When you arrive on campus, please visit the International Student Centre in University Centre B272 to pick up a welcome package.

Important Dates

April 1: April Fool's Day.

April 4: Spring term classes end for all Faculties.

April 7: Spring term exams begin for all Faculties.

April 14: Good Friday. This is a statutory holiday, so classes will be cancelled and UVic services will be closed.

April 17: Easter Monday. This is a statutory holiday, so classes will be cancelled and UVic services will be closed.

April 24: U-Pass privileges begin for summer session.

April 25: Spring term exams end for all Faculties.

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