Tia's Advice: Thinking About Applying for Permanent Resident Status?

UVic Global Community Newsletter: October 30, 2017

Tia's Advice is a section of the UVic Global Community Newsletter that includes valuable information and important dates for undergraduate and graduate international students in the following categories: degree-seeking, incoming exchange and incoming study abroad/visiting.

Permanent resident status in Canada

As a temporary resident of Canada, the length of your stay is determined by your Canadian immigration document (study permit, work permit, visitor record or entry stamp).

Prior to the expiry of this document, you must either leave Canada or apply to extend your stay. In order to extend your stay as a temporary resident, you must convince Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) that you will eventually leave Canada when your authorization expires.

Temporary residents of Canada are sometimes interested in staying permanently, and several immigration programs have been established to facilitate this transition. You may be eligible to apply for permanent resident status in Canada, now or in the future.

Visit the IRCC website for detailed information about each of Canada's immigation programs.

Immigration pathway information session

On October 23, International Student Services (ISS) hosted an information session for international students at UVic who are thinking about applying for permanent resident status in Canada.

Heather Michaud from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and Aireen Luney from the BC Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology provided an overview of Canada's economic immigration pathways and answered questions posed by participants.

Heather's presentation focused on Express Entry and federal economic immigration programs.

Aireen's presentation focused on the BC Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP).

We are waiting for approval from IRCC and the BC Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology to make Heather and Aireen's presentation slides available on this page. Please check back here mid-November.

Immigration pathways not covered at the information session on October 23 include family sponsorship, caregivers, Quebec-selected skilled workers and other provincial nominee programs.

Visit the IRCC website for detailed information about each of Canada's immigation programs.

Who can help me?

Please be aware that the ISS International Student Advising team can answer questions related to your temporary resident status in Canada, but we do not answer questions related to applying for permanent resident status.

When you have questions about your temporary resident status in Canada, visit or contact the International Student Centre (ISC).

When you have questions about applying for permanent resident status in Canada:

If you still have questions after consulting these resources, you may wish to pay for the services of an authorized immigration representative.

Legislation and procedures related to immigration change frequently, so always refer directly to the IRCC website and the BC PNP website for the most up-to-date information and instructions.

Important Dates

October 30: The final exam timetable for winter session first term exams will be available.

October 31: Last day for withdrawing from winter session first term courses without penalty of failure.

October 31: Halloween.

November 2: Co-op Work Permit Workshop.

November 5: Daylight Saving Time (DST) ends, so set your clocks back one hour.

November 11: Remembrance Day. This is a statutory holiday. Since it falls on a weekend, classes will cancelled and UVic services will be closed on November 13.

November 13 - 17: International Education Week at UVic.

November 14 - 15: Reading Break. Classes will be cancelled for all students except those in the Faculty of Law. UVic services will be open.

November 14 - 15: Fall Convocation. Congratulations to all new graduates! Ceremonies will be webcast live.

November 15: Deadline for graduate students who complete a degree program during winter session first term to apply to graduate for spring convocation.

November 30: Last day of winter session first term classes for students in the Faculty of Law.

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