International students intending to study in Canada for more than six months require a study permit. Study Permits are issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and application forms are available online or by paper. Students are responsible to know and understand the International Student Immigration Regulations. For more information, visit the IRCC website.
VCC’s Designated Learning Institution (DLI) number is O19279717512 (the first character is the letter ‘O’). VCC’s DLI number is on all letters issued by VCC International Education. Students transferring to VCC from another educational institution in Canada must notify IRCC when changing institutions in their MyCIC account.
At a minimum, these documents are needed to apply for a study permit:
For more information about study permit applications, visit the IRCC website.
Students who are currently a student in Canada with a study permit may visit the IRCC website to learn how to extend a study permit. It is recommended that students start the process to extend their study permit 3 months before their current study permit expires. They can request an updated VCC Study Permit Extension Support Letter which is required for the application.
International students will have the opportunity to gain invaluable Canadian work experience and practical job skills. International students are eligible to work part-time up to 20 hours per week during their studies and full-time during program vacations and break provided they meet the following conditions:
Important: International students in ESL programs are not eligible.
To learn more, visit the Immigration, Refugee & Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website.
Students in a program that requires completion of a practicum are required to have a practicum work permit before practicum placements. In this case, a practicum is an essential component of the program requirement which allows students to gain work experience in the industry.
Students must apply for the work permit together with the study permit application if their VCC acceptance letters indicate that a practicum is required.
If students already have a study permit when applying to VCC, they must apply for the work permit well in advance. In order to apply for the practicum work permit, students are required to have a letter from VCC that confirms work placement. The letter will be issued during the program. VCC students may email firstname.lastname@example.org if there is any question about the practicum work permit requirement.
For more information about the Practicum Work Permit, visit the Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website.
Refer to the following list of programs at VCC that require students to have a Practicum/Co-Op Work Permit.
International students who graduate from VCC will be eligible to apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) provided they:
Please visit our VCC Program Guide for a list of VCC programs that are eligble for the PGWP (page 6).