Video Resources

On January 22, 2024, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC) announced a number of updates and measures to the International Student Program. A cap will be placed on the intake of outside Canada study permit applications, resulting in approximately 360,000 approved permits. The number allocated to British Columbia or SFU is not known at this time.

The following updates are highlighted into two parts for undergraduates and graduate students. Note that the information on this page is current as of February 2, 2024.

Undergraduate Students:

1.     Beginning January 22, 2024, unless exempted, most international students must include an attestation letter with their outside Canada study permit applications.

2.     Current students applying to extend or change the conditions of their study permits within Canada are exempt from having an attestation letter.

3.     In the weeks ahead, spouses/common-law partners of undergraduate students will no longer qualify for open work permits. IRCC has yet to announce the implementation date.

Graduate Students:

1.     Master’s and PhD students are exempt from the study permit intake cap and requirement of attestation letter for their study permit applications.

2.     Post-Graduation Work Permit of three years will soon be available to some graduates with master's degrees whose program duration was less than two years.  More details on the eligibility criteria have not been announced yet by IRCC.

For more information about how the above updates may impact you, review our News and Updates section.  We will update the page with new details as they become available.

Topical Video Resources

Enrollment Requirements and Work Eligibility 

Working On and Off Campus with Your Study Permit

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Medical Insurance in Canada

Medical Insurance Workshops

Recording - May 24, 2022

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Outside Canada Study Permit Application Workshop

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Permanent Residence Workshop

Recording - September 26, 2022

NOTE: Policies and programs may have changed. Please consult www.canada.ca/immigration for accurate, up-to-date information.

*TEMPORARY PUBLIC POLICY: Lifting of 20-hr/wk Off-Campus Work Authorization

IRCC is temporarily lifting the 20-hour-per-week limit on the number of hours eligible post-secondary students are allowed to work off-campus during academic terms. From November 15, 2022 to December 31, 2023, eligible international students will be permitted to work off campus for more than 20 hours per week. Read the full announcement here.

Recording - November 30, 2021

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Recording - April 12, 2021

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Co-op Work Permit Information Session

Recording - October 13, 2022

NOTE: A new temporary public policy was announced on October 12, 2022 exempting certain in-Canada international students from completing another immigration medical examination (IME) as part of their application. Please visit the IRCC webpage - Medical exams for visitors, students and workers - Canada.ca for more information.

Post-Graduation Work Permit Information Sessions for SFU Students

i  If you are applying (or have applied) for a PGWP while holding maintained status (e.g. you apply to extend your study permit or change your status to visitor before your permit expires), you may not be eligible to apply for PGWP from inside Canada. Please connect with an International Student Advisor to find out how this impacts your PGWP application.

Updated January 25, 2023

Spring 2023

Recording - April 5, 2023

Fall 2022

Recording - November 28, 2022

Spring 2022

Recording  - March 11, 2022

Fall 2021

Recording  - September 22, 2021

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Immigration Updates and Q&A Sessions

Fall 2022

Recording - December 1st, 2022

Spring 2022

Recording - April 5, 2022

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Fall 2021

Recording - December 6, 2021

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Recording - November 4, 2021

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Recording - October 6, 2021

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Summer 2021

Recording - July 30, 2021

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Recording - June 25, 2021

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Recording - May 31, 2021

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Spring 2021

Recording - April 8, 2021

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Recording - March 12, 2021

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Recording - February 8, 2021

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Fall 2020

Recording - December 4, 2020

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Recording - November 9, 2020

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Recording - October 8, 2020

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Get SFU-Ready: Q&A Session for New International Students

For Summer 2023 Students

For International Graduate and Undergraduate Students - March 10, 2023

For Spring 2023 Students

For New International Graduate Students - November 22, 2022

For New International Undergraduate Students - November 7, 2022

For Fall 2022 Students

For New International Graduate Students - July 12, 2022

For New International Undergraduate Students - July 7, 2022

For Summer 2022 Students

For New International Undergraduate Students - March 10, 2022

For Spring 2022 Students

For New International Undergraduate Students - November 16, 2021

For New International Graduate Students - November 15, 2021

Families of International Undergraduate Students

Pre-recorded Family Orientation Presentation 

Click here to access video presentations in multiple language translations.

In collaboration with Fraser International College (FIC), the above pre-recorded Family Orientation presentation will provide you with an overview of how to support your students, various services and resources available to ease their transition to SFU and FIC.

Q&A for Families of New International Undergraduate Students