Note: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has put special measures to help temporary residents and applicants affected by the novel coronavirus (COVID‑19) check more here.

Immigration Information

Who needs a study permit?

You must have a study permit if your program of studies is longer than 6 months.

Who doesn’t need a study permit?

You do not need a study permit if your program:

  • will be 6 months or shorter, and
  • will end before your initial immigration status expires

You might consider applying for a study permit even if your program is shorter than 6 months if:

  • you might extend your studies after your original program ends

Designated Learning Institution

Bow Valley College is proud to be a Designated Learning Institution. Our registration record is DLI # O19273769422. (The first character is the letter O). When you apply for a study permit, you must provide the DLI number and your Letter of Acceptance.

See the list of Designated Learning Institutions

Transfer institution: DLI change

Coming to Bow Valley College from another Canadian college or university:

  • If you have a valid study permit, you don’t need to apply for a new permit. However, you must inform IRCC of your institution change by changing yourDesignated Learning Institution (DLI) online via your MyCIC account.
  • If you change schools and don’t notify IRCC, your old school will report you as not being registered to study. If you aren’t registered to study, you’re breaking the conditions of your study permit. This might cause study or work permit refusals in the future.                   

Note: The immigration information on Bow Valley College Website has been reviewed by Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs) or Regulated International Student Immigration Advisors (RISIAs) in compliance with the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and Regulations. However, this is not a legal document and for a legal information, refer to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and Regulations or the Citizenship Act and Regulations, as applicable. Please note information might change without the notice and always refer to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for the most up-to-date information.

International Learner Advisors




Student Services, 1st Floor

South Campus Building

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