Tia's Advice: Thinking about applying for permanent resident status?

UVic Global Community Newsletter: March 25, 2019

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.

Permanent resident status in Canada

As a temporary resident of Canada, the length of your stay is usually determined by a 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 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.

Immigration pathway information session

On March 18, 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) provided an overview of the pathways to permanent residence for international students through Express Entry and Canada's federal economic immigration programs.

Please click here for a copy of Heather's presentation.

Pathways to permanent residence not covered at the information session on March 18 include family sponsorship, caregivers, provincial nominee programs and Quebec-selected skilled workers.

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 for the most up-to-date information and instructions.

Important Dates

April 1: April Fool's Day.

April 5: Last day of second term classes for all Faculties.

April 8: Second term exams begin for all Faculties.

April 19: Good Friday. This is a statutory holiday, so classes are cancelled and UVic services are closed.

April 22: Easter Monday. This is a statutory holiday, so classes are cancelled and UVic services are closed.

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

April 27: Last day of second term exams for all Faculties.

* Incoming exchange students do not automatically receive U-Pass privileges but can opt in by purchasing a UVSS or GSS membership package.

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