This page is for current international students who are in Canada and need to renew or apply for their Study Permit, Temporary Resident Visa, eTA from inside Canada, Co-op/Internship/Practicum Work and Permit and Post-Graduation Work Permit.

If your immigration permit has already expired before you could renew it, make an appointment with Kay Balite as soon as possible.

Note: the guides below are only for in-Canada online applications.

 


If you are outside of Canada and you are not able to return to Canada before your permit expires, then you have to apply for a new Study Permit. Please see the IRCC website on how to get a Study Permit.

Make sure to write a Letter of Explanation to say that you are a returning student. Moreover, prepare to submit your enrolment letter and transcripts as proof of studies. Lastly, make sure that you are registered full-time before requesting your enrolment letter and transcripts from the Registrar’s Office.

Note: required application forms and supporting documents by IRCC may vary from country to country. Make sure you are following the instructions provided by your country’s Local Visa Application Centre.

 

IMPORTANT: Before submitting your online application, send your documents to your International Student Advisor, Kay Balite for review. For any questions related to your student immigration permits, visa or eTA, please contact immigration@msvu.ca.

Kay Balite is certified by the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) as a 
Regulated International Student Immigration Advisor. RISIA ID #: S715245.

Amy Braye is certified by the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) as a 
Regulated International Student Immigration Advisor. RISIA ID #: S718279.

STUDYING

How do I get my Enrolment/Registration Letter and Official Transcripts?

For the enrolment letter, fill out the Letter Request Form and email it to heather.standing@msvu.ca
Note: When filling out the form, you must choose both options:

  • Confirmation of Enrolment Letter
  • and Visa Letter.

For unofficial transcripts, you can download a PDF copy through MyMount. Guide to Downloading Unofficial MSVU Transcript from MyMount. Due to limited services, you may submit an unofficial transcript that is issued by MSVU.

For official transcripts, fill out the Transcript Request Form and email it to transcripts@msvu.ca.

My Study Permit will expire soon. What should I do?

If you are in Canada, please submit an application to renew your Study Permit before your permit expires. Please see our guide on how to renew your Study Permit in Canada.

If you are in your home country and you are not able to return to Canada before your permit expires, then you have to apply for a new Study Permit. Please see the IRCC website on how to get a Study Permit.

NOTE: Make sure to write a Letter of Explanation to say that you are a returning student. Moreover, prepare to submit your enrolment letter and transcripts as proof of studies. Lastly, make sure that you are registered full-time before requesting your enrolment letter and transcripts from the Registrar’s Office.

How will studying online impact my eligibility to apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP)?

If you are still in your home country or outside of Canada, you may begin studying online without a Study Permit or while waiting for your Study Permit application to be approved.

If you have not submitted an application for your Study Permit, we recommend that you do this as soon as possible because of delays in processing times.

Learn how to apply for your initial Study Permit.

Learn how to submit an online application for a Study Permit.

WORKING

How can I get my Co-op/Internship/Practicum Letter?

For  students studying Business Administration (Bachelor’s degree and Diploma), Tourism and Hospitality (Bachelor’s degree and Diploma) and Public Relations, please email co-op@msvu.ca to get your letter.

For undergraduate students studying Applied Human Nutrition or Child & Youth Studies, please contact the Administrative Assitant of your department. You can find their contact information on the Mount’s Contact Us page.

For graduate students who are required to complete a practicum/projects class, please email our Associate Registrar, Ms. Stephanie Hale at stephanie.hale@msvu.ca.

Can I work off-campus? How many hours can I work off-campus?

During the academic year (September-April) you are only permitted to work off-campus for a maximum of 20 hours per week.

During the summer months (May-August), you are permitted to work more than 20 hours week.

You must meet the following requirements before you can begin or continue to work off-campus in Canada:

  • you have started your academic program;
  • you were a full-time student in the semester prior to your work start date;
  • you are returning as a full-time student, unless it’s your final semester;
  • and have the permission to work off-campus as a condition on your Study Permit.

IMPORTANT: some exemptions may apply. View complete details on working full-time and off-campus.

Note: you are allowed to work on-campus and off-campus at the same time. You may work on-campus (no limit on hours) plus, you can work off-campus but only for a maximum of 20 hours a week between September to April. For example: on-campus job as a research assitant working 12 hours a week, plus an off-campus job in a restaurant for 15 hours a week.

Still unsure about your situation? Email your International Student Advisor, Kay Balite (RISIA ID #: S715245), kay.balite@msvu.ca.

I am not eligible to work off-campus. Can I work on-campus?

If you are not eligible to work off-campus, you may be able to work on-campus (no limit on hours)  if you meet the following requirements:

  • you are registered as a full-time student;
  • you have a valid Study Permit;
  • and you have a valid Social Insurance Number (SIN).

Can I work more than 20 hours a week this summer?

You can work full-time in this year’s summer months (May-August) if you meet the following requirements:

  • you are a full-time student in this year’s winter semester (January-April)
  • you are a returning full-time student in the upcoming fall semester (September-December)
  • you are authorized to work on your Study Permit
  • and if you have a valid Social Insurance Number

To be considered a full-time student, you must be registered for 1.5 units or 3-credit courses in each academic semester. Academic semesters run from September to December and January to April.

You may only begin working more than 20 hours per week after you have completed all the course requirements (exams, papers, presentations, etc.) for winter semester.

Note: you are considered a full-time student in the summer even if you are only registered in 1 course.

View complete details on working full-time and off-campus.

I want to apply for my Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP). How can I get my Eligibility to Graduate Letter and Transcripts?

For the Eligibility to Graduate Letter, you have to fill out the Letter Request Form and email it to heather.standing@msvu.ca

NOTE: When filling out the form, you must check both options:

  • Eligibility to Graduate
  • and write “Post-Graduation Work Permit” beside the Other option box.

For unofficial transcripts, you can download a PDF copy through MyMount. Guide to Downloading Unofficial MSVU Transcript from MyMount. Due to limited services, you may submit an unofficial transcript that is issued by MSVU.

For official transcripts, fill out the Transcript Request Form and email it to transcripts@msvu.ca.

This is my final semester and I have now completed my program of study. When can I begin working full-time?

Provided that you are permitted to work, you must continue to only work part-time until you receive your Eligibility to Graduate Letter/program completion letter from the Registrar’s Office. Once you receive your completion letter, you cannot work until you meet all the requirements listed below.

IMPORTANT: Your study permit must be valid during this period. If your study permit expires before receiving your program completion letter, you must stop working the day the study permit expires.

After you complete your study program, you need to meet all the requirements listed below to work full-time.

  • You applied for a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) before your study permit expired
  • You are waiting for a decision on your PGWP application
  • You were already able to work off campus during your studies
  • You did not violate and/or exceed the allowed working hours under your Study Permit conditions
  • You maintained full-time studies, except the final semester, while completing your program

View the guide on how to apply for a PGWP.
View the complete details on PGWP eligibility and application processes.

OTHER

List of IRCC approved physicians in Nova Scotia

The following Panel Physicians are available in this province – ordered by city:

City: Darthmouth
Name: Albert Williams
Address: Atlantic Offshore Medical Services (NS),
Quaker Landing, 33 Ochterloney Street, Darthmouth, Nova Scotia, B2Y 4P5, CANADA,
Nova Scotia
B2Y 4P5
Email: immigrationNS@aoms.ca
Telephone: + 1 (902) 4692667
Spoken Languages: English

City: Darthmouth
Name: Deborah PESTELL (Locum)
Address: Atlantic Offshore Medical Services (NS),
Quaker Landing, 33 Ochterloney Street, Darthmouth, Nova Scotia, B2Y 4P5, CANADA,
Nova Scotia
B2Y 4P5
Email: immigrationNS@aoms.ca
Telephone: + 1 (902) 4692667
Spoken Languages: English, French, German

City: Dartmouth
Name: Mohamed Alzrighe
Address: Tacoma Family Medicine,
58-101 TACOMA DR,
Nova Scotia
B2W3E5
E-mail: tacomaime@gmail.com; Website: https://immigrationmedicalns.ca/index.php
Telephone: (902) 444-0404
Spoken Languages: English

City: Dartmouth
Name: Jacques DESROSIERS (1)
Address: Tacoma Family Medicine,
58-101 TACOMA DR , Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, B2W 3E5, CANADA,
Nova Scotia
Telephone: 902-444-0404
tacomaime@gmail.com
Spoken Languages: English

City: Dartmouth
Name: Eric CHAO
Address: Tacoma Family Medicine,
58-101 TACOMA DR, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, B2W 3E5, CANADA,
Nova Scotia
Telephone: 902.444.0404.
tacomaime@gmail.com
Spoken Languages: English

City: Dartmouth
Name: Peter Macaulay
Address: Atlantic Offshore Medical Services,
Quaker Landing, 33 Ochterloney Street,
Nova Scotia
B2Y 4P5
Email: immigrationNS@aoms.ca
Telephone: + 1 (902) 4692667
Spoken Languages: English

City: Halifax
Name: Terry Kawchuk
Address: Kawchuk Medical Incorporated,
5991 Spring Gardenn Road,
Suite 750,
Nova Scotia
B3H 1Y6
Telephone: 902-422-5551
Spoken Languages: English

City: Lower Sackville
Name: Mohamed Alzrighe (2)
Address: Tacoma Immigration Cobequid,
Suite 203-159 Cobequid Rd,
Nova Scotia
B4C 2N1
cobequidmedclinic@eastlink.ca
Telephone: + 1 (902) 444-0404
Spoken Languages: English

City: Lower Sackville
Name: Jacques DESROSIERS (2)
Address: Tacoma Immigration Cobequid,
203-159 Cobequid road,
Nova Scotia
B4C 2N1
Telephone: +902-444-0404
Spoken Languages: English

City: Lower Sackville
Name: Jacques DESIROSER
Address: Tacoma Immigration Cobequid,
203-159 Cobequid road, Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia, B4C 2Ni, CANADA,
Nova Scotia
B4C 2Ni
Email: cobequidmedclinic@eastlink.ca
Telephone: + 1 (902) 4440404
Spoken Languages: English

How do I get an invitation letter for my family or friends to visit me or attend my graduation?

If your family or friends come to Canada to visit you or attend your convocation (graduation), you may need to write an invitation letter to help them apply for a visa for Canada. The two templates of invitation letter below are for your reference. Please note that in your letter sent to your family or friends, you should delete the “tip”. The tip only serves to help you understand what document (s) you need to include with your invitation letter.

Invitation Letter Template – for a regular visit  (Word doc)

Invitation Letter Template – for attending your convocation (Word doc)


Note: the International Education Centre will not write invitation letters for you and your invitation letters do not need to be signed by the staff of the IEC.

If you need one-on-one advising, please book an appointment with your International Student Advisor.