International Student Advising

If you have questions about life as an international student, International Student Advising is here to help.

What International Student Advising can help with

International Student Advisors are Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs) or Regulated International Student Immigration Advisors (RISIAs) who can help support you in your experience as a UBC international student.

Top reasons to contact International Student Advising

  • Get help with your visa, study, and work permit application
  • Ask about your health insurance coverage
  • Talk to someone about transitioning to life in Canada

International Student Guide

Find answers to your questions on studying and working in Canada, health insurance, as well as step-by-step tutorials to prepare your immigration application and more.

View the guide

Application Review Sessions

Review your study permit extension, temporary resident visa, or post-graduation work permit application with an International Student Advisor in a small group setting in person or online through a webinar before applying. Sessions are offered multiple times each week.

Register online

What International Student Advising cannot help with

  • Parent/extended family/friend’s documents (only spouse/common-law partners and children)
  • Questions about Permanent Residence
  • Questions about work permits unrelated to studies
  • Influencing processing times
  • Contacting IRCC on your behalf
  • Taxes
  • Starting your own business
  • US immigration or any other country’s immigration regulations
  • Prospective student inquiries (see
  • Advising non-UBC students

Get immigration reminders

Add your document expiry dates to the confidential  UBC Reminder System and receive notifications for when you need to extend your documents. You can also get helpful tips on how to prepare your application. 

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Drop in to advising

International Student Advising is not providing in-person services at this time.

Drop in to a Zoom advising session during regular advising hours. Find step-by-step instructions on how to use Zoom.

Email an advisor

You may also email, making sure to include the following information: 

  • Your student number in the subject line
  • Your name
  • Your citizenship(s)
  • All permit and visa expiration dates (if applicable)
  • Currently in Canada (YES or NO)

If you request specific assistance, please provide detailed information including applicable documents such as a rejection letter.