Immigration Information and Resources

[The immigration information on this webpage has been reviewed and endorsed by a Regulated International Student Immigration Advisor (RISIA) in compliance with the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and Regulations. This is not a legal document and information may change without notice. Please refer to the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website for the most updated information]

The following resources are provided to assist you with various immigration permits and visa applications you may encounter as an international student. Please review the IRCC website: COVID-19 page for more information and updates related to COVID-19  If you have any questions on travelling to Canada, please visit Royal Roads COVID-19 page for more infnormation.

Do you have a question? Please email Student Engagement. To book an Immigration Advising appointment, use our online booking system.

Study Permit Extension

If your study permit will expire before your program ends, you will need to extend it to ensure you have valid status throughout your studies. Please submit your application before your current permit expires.



Co-op/Internship Work Permit

If your program includes an internship, you will need a co-op/internship work permit before your internship begins. You can apply for the co-op/internship work permit in the same application as an initial study permit or study permit extension – or you can apply for your co-op/internship permit on its own. Please submit your application for your co-op/internship work permit 10 months before the start of your internship.



Post-Graduation Work Permit

Directly following an eligible program of study, students may apply for an open work permit called a post-graduation work permit (PGWP), which may be eligible for up to three years. You are only able to apply for a PGWP within 180 days of completing your program. If you meet all the conditions, you can work until IRCC makes a decision on your work permit application. To work while your PGWP application is being processed you must meet the following conditions: your study permit was valid when you submitted your PGPW application; you have completed your  program of study; and you were eligible to work off campus without a work permit while studying and you didn’t work more hours than you were allowed to.



Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) Extension

A Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) is used only for entry into Canada, while a study permit allows you to remain in Canada. TRVs are often issued for the same length of time as the study permit. If you have a study permit, a TRV is not needed while inside Canada, but it is a good idea to keep a valid TRV in case of sudden trips abroad.

Only citizens of certain countries require a TRV. Visit Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada to determine whether you require a TRV. 

If you have extended your study permit, you may need to apply for a new TRV.



Travel Restrictions, Exemptions and Advice

Royal Roads students who are  planning to travel should visit the IRCC websites, below are some IRCC information on travel guidelines. It is your responsibility to know and follow all travel restrictions and guidelines.



Check IRCC Processing Times

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is continuing to process applications. If you have an application in progres,s you can check the status of your application online and make sure your contact information and your application details are up to date on your IRCC account.  You can also use the WEB FORM to contact IRCC to check the status of your application or to inform IRCC of changes in your application.




Depending on your country of orgin and application, IRCC may ask you to submit biometrics to process your application. IRCC says, "All biometrics appointments in Canada are cancelled until further notice. Even though a small number of Service Canada offices may be open with limited services, biometrics collection services are still currently unavailable." Please check the IRCC website regularly to find out if the biometrics collection site closest to you has started offering collection services again.



Contact IRCC

You can contact IRCC by Web form or Telephone for any further information you need on your application.



Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA)

For general information on Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) programs, services and initiatives, please visit CBSA website. CBSA officers make the final decision to admit temporary residents at ports of entry, therere interactions with CBSA should be conducted in a respectful and appropriate manner. Please note, CBSA will not answer questions related to specific individuals and or businesses, including third party requests. Also, please be aware of scammers posing as CBSA employees; the resources below includes information on how to recognize a scam



IRCC Notices

All the updates and notices on Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada are available for the studnets on the IRCC website. You can subscribe to the IRCC Newsroom or visit IRCC Notices page for the latest update on immigration.


General Information

  • Students are responsible to maintain their immigration status and compliance with the permit/visa conditions they received from the IRCC
  • Section 91 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act states that, if a fee is involved, only a bona fide immigration consultant or a lawyer can provide advice on your immigration application or proceedings.
  • Royal Roads University staff cannot represent you or complete an application on your behalf.