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Fraud prevention

To discourage fraudulent applications, educational institutions should not offer financial rewards to education agents or international student advisors for submitting study permit applications.

Letters of acceptance

International students are required to submit a letter of acceptance from a designated learning institution (DLI) when submitting a study permit application to CIC. A template letter of acceptance (PDF, 73.68KB) is available for DLIs. Using this template facilitates the study permit application process.

DLIs at the post-secondary level are encouraged to include the DLI number (which starts with the letter “O”) on all letters of acceptance. This will make it easier for students to complete their study permit application.

Keep up to date on CIC policies and procedures

Stay up to date on study permit and visa requirements. Check for updates, or subscribe via RSS feed  to have all the updates sent to you.

CIC instruction manuals are available online. They detail how CIC processes all types of applications, including study permits.

Authorized immigration representatives

An education agent or international student advisor who advises on immigration matters related to student recruitment, such as applying for a study permit, re-entry visa or status extension, must be an authorized immigration representative.

An authorized immigration representative must be a member in good standing of one of the following organizations:

  • law society of a province or territory (this includes paralegals and students-at-law if they act under the supervision of a lawyer or, in Quebec, a notary);
  • Chambre des notaires du Québec; or
  • Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC).

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