Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has clarified that study permit holders studying at a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) that loses its DLI status may continue studying in the program until the permit expires. The update, which was published on July 21, added that a student studying at a DLI that loses its status may only renew his or her study permit if he or she goes on to enrol at a DLI at a later date.
Prospective students are also encouraged to note this clarification, which may have implications in their research on available study programs in Canada.
International students applying for a study permit are asked to include the DLI number on the study permit application. To find an institution’s DLI number, the following steps should be taken:
- Navigate to the government’s page for the DLI list.
- Determine the province or territory where the school is located.
- Search keywords, such as the name of the school or city.
- Once the DLI is found, write the number starting with O under the section named “Details of intended study in Canada” on the study permit application.
To be able to host international students in Canada, post-secondary educational institutions must be accredited as a DLI and be on the government’s list. The DLI designation system was introduced by the government in 2014 and requires study permit applicants to ensure their letters of acceptance are for institutions on the list.
All primary and secondary schools in Canada are automatically designated and do not appear on the government’s list.
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