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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

Learn more about Indigenous Education and Cultural Services

Study permit extension

A study permit is a document issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) that allows someone to study in Canada for a specified period of time. In general, foreign nationals need study permits to study in Canada, if they intend to study a course or a program for more than six months.

Ontario Tech University's Designated Learning Institution (DLI) number is O19315945002. The university’s legal name is the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.

To extend your study permit from within Canada, follow the step-by-step instruction guide.

Below, you'll find answers to frequently asked questions about this process. If you do not see your question listed below then you can contact us by emailing or booking an appointment with an International Student Advisor on the Student Life Portal.

Study permit extension steps

  • Extending your study permit from inside of Canada

    You can apply online through your IRCC Secure account on Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website.

    To apply for a study permit within Canada, follow the step-by-step instruction guide below.


  • Document requirements for a study permit extension

    Document requirements may vary from person to person. Create or log in to your IRCC Secure Account (online applications) or refer to the instruction guide (paper applications). 

    1. Valid offer of admissions letter or verification of enrollment letter
      • Valid Offer of Admissions letter - this letter must be valid. You can find the expiry date on the offer of admissions letter
      • Verification of enrollment (VOE) letter - double-check the expected graduate date is correct. If this date is incorrect, ask the Registrar's office or the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies office to perform an audit of your courses and create a more accurate expected date of graduation for you. You can receive this letter by the following methods:
    2. Financial Supporting Documents: Refer to the IRCC website to find what are acceptable financial supporting documents
    3. Scan your study permit and passport together. 
    4. Valid Passport - You must provide a copy of the bio-data page (the page with your name, date of birth, passport number, expiry date, etc.) and a copy of every page in your passport that has stamps, visas, or markings from Canada. 
      • Your study permit will not be issued past your passport’s expiry date or your expected graduate date (whichever comes first). If you have extended your passport and you have not received it yet and your study permit is going to expire then please submit your study permit application with your current passport with a letter of explanation. Once you have received your new passport inform IRCC by submitting a webform.

    Documents you may need:

    1. Biometrics - As of July 15, 2020, you are exempt from giving biometrics if you are applying from within Canada. This applies to all new applications as well as applications already in progress. You will be asked to pay this fee when you apply, however IRCC will refund the money automatically. Please refer to the IRCC website for more details. 
    2. Medical exam 
    3. Letter of explanation (LOE) - A letter of explanation is a way to communicate to an immigration officer any additional information or documents that deem important for them to know. It could include:
    • The purpose of your application.
    • Issues you would like to clarify or that the officer might find useful.
    • Supporting documents, screenshots or any other proof to support your explanation.
    • Additional employment history if you have run out of space in your application.

    Upload this document under 'Client Information' in the 'Optional Documents' section of your online checklist. A sample of the format can be found below. 

    download letter of explanation template

  • When to apply for a study permit extension
    If you meet the eligibility requirements to apply for a study permit from within Canada and your study permit is still valid, follow the step-by-step instruction guide below. You can apply to extend your study permit three to four months before it expires.
  • Length of time to receive your study permit
    You can check the processing time on the IRCC website.

Frequently asked questions

The information provided on this page has been reviewed by International Student Advisors who are Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs) and Regulated International Student Immigration Advisors (RISIAs). Please note that the information is subject to change without any notice and this website is not a legal document. Please refer to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for the most updated information.