If your question is not listed in any of these pages, please email your International Student Advisor, Kay Balite, kay.balite@msvu.ca to receive help.

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

IMPORTANT: this page, including its sub-pages, has last been updated on May 3, 2021

My Study Permit will expire before August 31, 2021. 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 for winter 2021 before requesting your enrolment letter and transcripts from the Registrar’s Office.

How do I get my enrolment letter and transcripts to renew my Study Permit and Temporary Resident Visa/entry visa?

For the enrolment letter, fill out the Letter Request Form and email it to registration@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 copy of your transcripts from MyMount. Guide to Downloading Unofficial MSVU Transcript from MyMount.

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

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

IRCC has announced that under the current circumstances, if your in-class courses are being moved to an online-only format because of COVID-19, you’re still eligible for the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP).

In response to COVID-19, the Mount has temporarily moved its classes to online delivery. However, students must continue to maintain full-time status during the academic year to be eligible.

If you’re outside of Canada, you’re still eligible for a PGWP if:

  • you have a study permit
  • you’ve been approved for a study permit
  • you applied for a study permit before starting your study program in the spring, summer or fall 2020 semester, or
  • you will apply for a study permit before starting your study program in the January 2021 semester
    AND
  • you may now complete up to 100% of your program outside Canada (until December 31, 2021).

https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/coronavirus-covid19/visitors-foreign-workers-students.html#restrictions-students

I have been accepted to MSVU but I cannot travel to Canada yet. Can I begin my studies without a Study Permit or while waiting for my Study Permit to be approved?

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.

Can I still submit a Study Permit application so I can come to Canada in September?

Yes, and you should do this as soon as possible. Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is still processing Study Permit, Temporary Resident Visa, and eTA applications. In response to COVID-19, some local visa application centres may be closed; therefore, you must submit an online application.

Learn how to apply for your initial Study Permit.

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

I am in Canada and I received the Biometrics Instruction Letter (BIL) as part of my permit renewal process. How can I complete this?

In response to COVID-19, Service Canada locations are temporarily closed. Biometrics collection within Canada is temporarily suspended.

I am outside of Canada and I received the Biometrics Instruction Letter (BIL) as part of my Study Permit application. How can I complete this?

If you cannot give your biometrics due to a location closure near you or a service disruption, do not go to another biometrics collection service. Specifically do not go to:

  • Canadian ports of entry
  • other international biometrics collection locations, like a visa application centre (VAC)

If you have a biometrics appointment scheduled

  • at a VAC, the VAC will notify you if your appointment is cancelled
  • at a United States Application Support Center (ASC), all ASCs are closed until further notice

When biometrics collection resumes, you’ll have to make a new appointment at your designated VAC or ASC when they start collecting biometrics again. You won’t need a new BIL.

TIP: Visit www.canada.ca/biometrics for updates on when biometrics collection will start again.