International Student Guide
Find everything you need to know about life as an international student at UBC's Vancouver campus.
New open work permit holder fee ($100) for post-graduation and spouse/partner work permit applications
As of May 21, post-graduation and spouse/partner work permit applications submitted via MyCIC online should correctly charge BOTH the work permit fee ($155) and the new open work permit holder fee ($100).
If you accidentally paid more than $225 total for your post-graduation or spouse/partner work permit, learn how to request a refund.
If you applied for a post-graduation or spouse/partner work permit between February 21 and May 20 and have not yet received your permit, please read below.
If CIC requests an open-work permit holder fee (i.e. payment of $100):
- Follow CIC's instructions to pay the $100 fee
- If CIC does not provide instructions regarding how to pay the fee, you can:
If CIC requested an open-work permit receipt (i.e. payment of $100) but you submitted the WRONG receipt to CIC (i.e. you submitted your $155 receipt instead of a new $100 receipt) and your work permit application has NOT been rejected:
- Read how to pay the post-grad $100 fee
- Pay the new $100 fee (if you haven’t already)
- Submit the $100 receipt to CIC by using a case-specific enquiry and uploading the receipt:
- If CIC requests an open-work permit receipt from you later, re-upload the same $100 receipt in your MyCIC account using the “Letter of Explanation” option in the document checklist of your application
If you submitted the WRONG receipt to CIC (i.e. you submitted your $155 receipt instead of a new $100) and your work permit application has been rejected:
- Contact an International Student Advisor for further instructions
- Limited advising on May 25, 26 and 27: Time-sensitive cases will be prioritized. Main office staff can help you determine if you need immediate help, if you can get help through another channel, or ask you to come back the following week.
- May 11 - Processing times for study permits: See if you qualify for urgent processing.
- NOTICE ABOUT TRAVEL ITINERARY: Many online applications for permits currently request a Travel Itinerary to be uploaded. If you have no upcoming travel plans, you can write and upload a letter explaining that you have no travel plans. This will allow you to complete your application submission.
These resources will help you navigate life as an international student at UBC
Get help with your academics
Manage your money
Find diversity and equity resources
Information for your family
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Talk to an advisor
Depending on the nature of your enquiry, we have International Student Advisors (ISAs) and Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCIC) who are available to assist you.
Limited advising on May 25, 26 and 27: Time-sensitive cases will be prioritized. Main office staff can help you determine if you need immediate help, if you can get help through another channel, or ask you to come back the following week.
They are available for drop-in advising, Monday to Friday: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (no appointment necessary).
Email them directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org
When emailing us
Please include the following information:
In the subject line
- Your student number
In the email body
- Your name
- Your citizenship(s)
- All permit and visa expiration dates (if applicable)
- Currently in Canada (YES or NO)