If you’re an international student coming to UBC from a Canadian high school, you’ll need to take action to extend your study permit while you are in Canada.
You must extend your study permit within 90 days of receiving written confirmation of your high school completion (even if your study permit has not expired), or before your study permit expires – whichever comes first. You can start your studies at UBC if you have applied for a study permit extension and you’re waiting for your new study permit.
How do you apply?
If you’re in Canada and your existing permit is still valid, you can apply to extend your study permit online for UBC Okanagan or UBC Vancouver. Be sure to apply before your study permit becomes invalid.
You can only apply for a study permit extension when you are in Canada. If you have travel plans, you can apply for an extension before you leave Canada using a friend’s Canadian address. If you have already left, you may come back to Canada before your study permit and Temporary Resident Visa (if applicable) expire(s). If you will not be returning to Canada before your study permit becomes invalid or expires, apply for an initial study permit at UBC Okanagan or UBC Vancouver from outside of Canada as soon as possible.
When do you apply?
You should apply as soon as you receive your letter of admission from UBC. If you are in Canada you must apply within 90 days after written confirmation that you’ve completed high school first becomes available, or before your study permit expires – whichever comes first.
What if you still have questions?
To find out more about your study permit requirements, read through our UBC International Student Guide for UBC Okanagan or UBC Vancouver. If you still have questions, our International Student Advising team at UBC Okanagan and UBC Vancouver is here for you.