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Yes, if you plan to apply for your post-graduate work permit. Students must always have a valid study permit at all times while studying. In addition, students applying for their post-graduate work permit, must have a valid study permit when applying
for their work permit. There is a waiting period for student’s graduation status to be updated due to marking of final exams and projects, and having them entered into the system. It can take two to three weeks for the Registrar’s Office to
update your status to graduate. You must apply for your PGWP with a proof of graduation letter and/or a final transcript that says “awarded”.
Your co-op work permit can only be used for work integral to your program that is required in order for you to graduate. As of June 1, 2014, you may qualify to work off campus without a work permit. If you qualify, your study permit
will allow you to:
You need a Social Insurance Number (SIN) from Service Canada to work in Canada or to receive benefits
and services from government programs.You must have one of the following conditions or remarks printed on your study permit in order to apply for a SIN for off-campus work:
You can visit the closest Service Canada, in person, with your study permit, work permit (if applicable) and passport to apply for your SIN.
Yes. As long as you have applied for your post-graduate work permit while your study permit was still valid and within 90 days of completing your program, you are eligible to work under “implied status.” You must have applied to be considered
under implied status.
A temporary resident must apply to extend their period of authorized stay before it ends. If they have done so, their period of authorized stay as a temporary resident is extended by law until a decision is made [R183(5)]. Such a person is considered
to have implied status as a temporary resident during that period. If a temporary resident applies for renewal of their work or study permit and their permit expires before a decision is made, R186(u) and R189 (the right to continue
working or studying under the same conditions pending a determination of their application for renewal) apply only as long as the person remains in Canada.
From an academic standpoint, you may be able to take a break, but you would have to confirm with your academic department to enquire when the second semester is offered again. However, this may not be considered a scheduled break and,
therefore, as per Canadian immigration regulations, you would not be eligible to work off campus during the break. It may also cause issues from a study permit perspective; under the “must actively pursue” clause all study permit holders in
Canada must actively pursue studies. This means that:
If a student drops one course but maintains full-time status, they do not receive a refund for the course that they dropped or are exempted from. Full-time status is defined as students who are enrolled full-time taking 66 and 2/3% of the required
courses for their program/block, or 70% of the program contact hours (defined as instructional or classroom time) in any given semester. It is always a good idea to meet with your academic department before you drop a course, to make sure
that there won’t be any impacts on future semesters or if you get an exemption to see if you may be able to pick up another course to take in its place. You can confirm with the Registration Office regarding your full-time status.
Unfortunately, since you have passed the deadline to withdraw from courses without academic penalty, if you were to withdraw now, your course grade(s) would convert to an F.
Make an appointment with our International Student Advisor about your options. You want to make sure that the program you wish to switch to is the right fit for you.
In certain very specific circumstances
(e.g., student on parental work permit or submission of specific Permanent
Residency documents), students can request a change from international student
fee status to domestic. For fee
changes to be approved and take affect all
required documentation must be submitted prior to the start of
term/program. If documents are received partway through a semester,
changes can only be made to future terms and not retroactively. Depending on the circumstances for change in student fee status, student might have to pay for and receive international student health insurance plan rather than domestic.
R115 EAP students who are eligible to pay domestic
tuition rather than international will be registered in R105 EAP. Students in
R105 are required to register for a minimum of one semester (16 weeks) rather
than one session (8 weeks). These students
will pay for and receive international student health insurance rather than the
Results for admissions tests take approximately 5 business days to be issued. Please email your Admissions Officer 5 business days after you have written the test. Your Admissions Officer’s contact information is on your Letter of Acceptance and
Results for admissions test take approximately 5 business days to be issued.
Admissions tests are used to determine if you meet the requirements for admission to the College. Placement Assessments in English and/or Math are taken after you have accepted an offer of admission. Placement assessments determine
whether you are ready to take the college-level credit courses in English and/or math in the first semester, or if you need to take a foundation- level course first to further develop your skills. For programs that require English and/or Math
placement testing visit http://www.georgebrown.ca/assessment/placement/
Note: If you have already taken an Admissions Assessment (as part of your college application process), your Admissions Assessment results will be used as placement results too.
Due to the high volume of applications, we are not able to provide exact processing times. However, we do process in priority order as received.
Unfortunately, programs can close early if international enrollment for that program is already achieved and there are no more places. You can ask the International Centre or your admissions officer about other available programs or you may have
to wait to apply for a future intake.
We can provide you with a proof of enrolment letter for purposes of inviting your parents. However, the actual invitation letter for your parents must be written by you. Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship and Canada (IRCC) provides a guide
on what should be included in this letter on their website. Please visit http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/letter.asp for detailed
information on how to write the letter of invitation.
During peak periods, we receive a high volume of refund requests, and, therefore, unfortunately, the processing time is about 6 weeks. Refunds are issued by the GBC Finance Department and not the International Centre. We try our best to get refunds
out as quickly as possible. It is important for students to provide us with complete information, so that we can ensure that there are no delays in processing refunds.
Due to the high volume of refund requests, all cheques are mailed out to students directly. Please make sure that your address is updated in Stu-View to ensure that it is mailed to the correct address. You must notify the International Centre
immediately of any changes to your mailing address.
Visit https://wespeakstudent.com/home/47-george-brown-college to find a doctor that has set up direct billing
with our health insurance plan.
For details of your coverage, visit https://wespeakstudent.com/home/47-george-brown-college for information on
what is and isn’t covered. You can also visit the Student Association office at your home campus.
You can visit any Library Learning Commons (LLC) at any campus for help to reset your password. You can also visit service.georgebrown.ca and reset it online.
We try to schedule our workshops during times when most students are available, but it hard to find a time that works for everyone. Some workshops contain Government information that we are not allowed to share publicly. Some presentations
we can share with students, but others we are not allowed to distribute. Ask a friend who is going to workshop to take notes for you and/or visit us in the International Centre to see if we can share the presentation with you.
We try to offer our workshops at multiple times and different campuses. Check our Eventbrite page for all event information.
for a detailed video on how to apply for transfer credits.For schools outside of Canada an ICAS or WES evaluation is required, along with official transcripts. http://www.georgebrown.ca/transferguide/i-am-an-international-student-with-credentials-or-credit.aspxIf you studied
at another college or university within in Canada, you must still provide the official transcript to the Transfer Credit office.
No. Students should make every effort to be in class by the first day of classes. However, if a delay is unavoidable, students must be in class by the 5th day of school at the latest.