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Planning to begin your studies at Humber? Here's what you need to know about study permits, refunds, and post-graduation work permits
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Planning to begin your studies at Humber? Here’s what you need to know about study permits, refunds, and post-graduation work permits.
Listed below are answers to common questions about IRCC documents required to study at Humber College, refund requests, and post-graduation work permits.
The Study Permit is an immigration document issued when you arrive in Canada.
The Letter of Introduction (LOI) is the study permit approval letter issued by a Canadian Embassy or visa application centre. The letter will include your UCI, application number, the issue date and expiry date. It will also indicate your application to study in Canada has been approved.
The Approval-in-Principle (AIP) letter confirms you have passed the preliminary eligibility assessment on your study permit application. While you await a final decision on your application you may commence your studies online.
Note: The AIP does not guarantee that the study permit application will be approved.
The Letter of Submission states that the study permit application was received on a certain date. This document can be found on your online account under messages from IRCC.
Can I begin my studies online outside of Canada?
You must receive and upload one of these documents onto MyHumber by September 15, 2020 to begin your studies online outside of Canada.
Can I travel and begin my studies in Canada?
To travel to Canada, you must have a valid Canadian study permit or a letter of introduction from IRCC dated on or before March 18, 2020.
You can begin your studies from outside Canada if you uploaded the letter of submission before September 15, 2020. When you receive the AIP or the study permit approval (LOI), you must inform us by uploading the documents onto MyHumber. You must upload all the letters and documents you receive from immigration.
You must upload your IRCC study documents onto MyHumber by September 15, 2020.
If you begin classes without uploading a study permit letter of submission to MyHumber by September 15, 2020 then you will not be able to apply the time studied towards your post-graduation work permit. If you do receive a study permit denial during the fall 2020 semester then the graduated refund policy below will apply.
Can I request a refund?
Yes, but you must notify Humber by September 21, 2020. See policy below
Can I defer my admissions offer to a later semester?
Yes, but you must request your deferral by September 21, 2020. See policy below.
No. If you are inside Canada you must have a valid study permit to begin your studies.
If your study permit application passed stage 1 processing, you would receive a letter in your online account. The letter will tell you if you can commence your studies online while waiting for a final decision on your application. Please upload this letter onto MyHumber. Note, an AIP approval is not a guarantee that your study permit application will be approved.
No, if you are studying in a hybrid (in-person and online) program you must have a valid Canadian study permit or a letter of introduction from IRCC dated on or before March 18, 2020.
You may continue studying for the September 2020 semester, but you will not be eligible to continue your studies at Humber the following semester – January 2021. You can also apply the credits you earn towards future studies at Humber. You may request a refund up until October 16th, 2020. Beyond that date no further refunds will be granted. See graduated refund policy below.
If you are studying from inside Canada on a valid study permit, you’re still eligible for a post-graduation work permit if your in-class courses in Canada are moved to an online-only format because of COVID-19.
If you are studying from outside Canada
You’re still eligible for a post-graduation work permit if you can’t travel to Canada at this time due to travel restrictions and
If you’re in this situation, you can begin your classes while outside Canada and
If you apply for your study permit before starting your program, any time spent studying online from outside Canada since spring 2020 now counts toward the length of a post-graduation work permit. (Before, only the time spent studying online after you were approved for a study permit counted.)
You won’t have time deducted from the length of your post-graduation work permit for studies you complete outside Canada until April 30, 2021.
Note: If a program of study longer than 6 months in duration is now offered completely online because of health and travel restrictions related to COVID-19, a study permit is still required.
You may continue your studies online from outside Canada if authorized to do so. If you apply for your study permit before starting your program, any time spent studying online from outside Canada since spring 2020 now counts toward the length of a post- graduation work permit. (Before, only the time spent studying online after you were approved for a study permit counted.) You won’t have time deducted from the length of your post-graduation work permit for studies you complete outside Canada until April 30, 2021.
You will only be eligible for a full refund if you let Humber College know by September 21, 2020, the tenth (10th) day of classes, that you will not be attending school.
Graduated Refund Policy Fall 2020 (September 2020 – December 2020)
|Withdrawal Timeframe||Refund Amounts|
|Until September 21, 2020||
If you are a new student and have registered for classes and Canadian immigration denies your visa/study permit after September 21, 2020, the tenth (10th) day of classes, the following refund schedule will be applied. Study permit denials submitted to Humber College with a date of October 17, 2020 and beyond will not be eligible for a refund.
Fall 2020 (September 2020 – December 2020)
|Withdrawal Timeframe||Refund Amounts|
|September 22 – October 2, 2020||Refund of 75% of tuition and institutional ancillary fees*|
|0ctober 3 – October 9, 2020||Refund of 50% of tuition and institutional ancillary fees*|
|0ctober 10 – October 16, 2020||Refund of 25% of tuition and institutional ancillary fees*|
|After October 17, 2020||No Refund|
*If you have not opted out of health insurance coverage prior to September 21, 2020, then Humber will purchase health insurance coverage on your behalf. You will not receive a refund for International OHIP or Extended Health Care.
Please refer to Humber’s Academic Regulations; for important dates and information. Any requests received beyond these dates will be denied. No exceptions to the refund policy will be made.
Can I defer my program and transfer my tuition fees/deposit?
You may defer your program and transfer your tuition fees for up to one year provided you make the request by the 10th day of classes, September 21, 2020. After September 21, 2020 you will not be able to defer your enrollment and must re-apply for admission for a future term. There is no guarantee of deferral to the next semester. Future term availability will be determined by Humber.