Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Alerts for refused applicants

  • Some international students could be ineligible for PGWP if they have:
    • Already been issued a PGWP
    • Studied English or French as their second language
    • Took general interest or self-improvement courses
    • Participated in the Government of Canada Awards Program funded by Global Affairs Canada
    • Given funding from Global Affairs Canada, although if the applicant got a study in Canada scholarship, the applicant is still eligible for a PGWP
    • Had an Equal Opportunity Scholarship, Canada-Chile
    • Participated in the Canada-China Scholars’ Exchanges Program
    • Participated in the Organization of American States Fellowships Program
    • Completed most of the study programs by distance learning such as online courses, e-learning or correspondence
    • Completed a study program at a non-Canadian institution located in Canada

DLI list

  • When applying for study permit for Canada applicants must provide the Designated Learning Institution number (DLI #) beginning with the letter “O” on the study permit application form. In some cases, students may be exempt from providing a letter from a DLI, or from providing a DLI number on their application. The following cases provided below may include, but are not limited to:
    • Students at a primary or secondary institution as these schools are all automatically designated, and no DLI number is provided
    • A family member of a foreign national whose application for a work permit or a study permit is approved in writing before the foreign national enters Canada. In this case, the family member may obtain an open study permit
    • Some institutions in Quebec are designated by the provincial government, but do not have a unique DLI number

    Sometimes, DLI’s can lose their designated status. The international student may be affected if DLI’s status is lost considering the following examples:

    • If the applicant applies for a study permit with a letter of acceptance from an institution that is not a DLI, the study permit application is refused
    • If the applicant applies for a study permit with a letter of acceptance from a DLI, but during the process the DLI loses its designated status before the study permit is issued, the student has three options and may:
    • Withdraw the application
    • Submit a letter of acceptance from a different DLI
    • Do nothing, in which case the application will be processed according to the information provided and will therefore be refused
    • If the applicant receives a study permit for a DLI, and the institution loses its designated status after the issuance of the study permit, the student may:
    • Transfer to another DLI
    • Continue studying at the non-designated DLI until the study permit expires. But the study permit may not be renewed for the non-designated institution.

    For the list of Designated Learning Institutions (DLI) please visit the following website.

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