LOA from Canadian Institute

LOA(Letter of Acceptance) is a mandatory application for a Canadian study permit and to obtain an LOA from Canadian Institute a student may first submit an application to a DLI (Designated Learning Institution). If he or she is successful in that, then the Canadian Institute may issue an LOA (Letter of Acceptance). Take a look at the below-mentioned elements that are required for the purposes of a Study Permit Application in the Letter of Acceptance:

  • The student’s full name, date of birth, and mailing address;
  • The student’s ID number, if applicable;
  • The name of the institution, and the name of the official contact person;
  • The contact information of the institution;
  • If the DLI happens to be a private institution, then in that case licensing information for the institution should be clearly stated (usually in the institution’s letterhead);
  • The DLI number;
  • The type of school or institution (e.g. private, public, post-secondary college, community college, or technical college — this list is not exhaustive);
  • The study program, level, and year of study into which the student is accepted;
  • The estimated duration of the study program, or estimated date of completion of the study program;
  • The start date of the study program;
  • The latest date by which a student may register for the study program;
  • Whether the study program is full-time or part-time;
  • The estimated tuition fees for the first year of study, and scholarships or other financial aid (if applicable);
  • The details of a required internship or work placement, if applicable;
  • The expiry date of the Letter of Acceptance;
  • Conditions of acceptance to the DLI (if applicable) — this may include prerequisite courses, previous qualifications, or proof of language knowledge;
  • If the DLI is in Quebec, the requirement of a Quebec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ) should be clearly stated;

The LOA from Canadian Institute is required to state a date of expiry. If the processing of the study permit application has not been completed before the expiry date of the Letter of Acceptance, an extension letter may be requested from the institution and submitted to IRCC to support the study permit application.

Immigration, Citizenship, and Refugees Canada (IRCC, formerly known as CIC) provides a template for the Letter of Acceptance, and instructions for completing the required information.

NOTE: The LOA from Canadian Institute is not a guarantee that the study permit application will be approved. It is at the discretion of IRCC to approve an application for a study permit to Canada

Exemptions from the Requirement for a Letter of Acceptance

Under certain circumstances,potential students may be exempted from the requirement for a LOA from Canadian Institute.

  • If a foreign national receives written approval for a temporary work or study permit before entering Canada, his or her family members may apply for a study permit without a Letter of Acceptance.
  • Potential students who wish to pursue a study program of six months or less in duration do not need to obtain a LOA from Canadian Institute, because they do not require a study permit.

Study Permits for More than One DLI

In case an applicant is applying for a study permit for a study program that is offered by more than one institution in Canada, then in that case the LOA from Canadian Institute should state this clearly. Both the Canadian Institutions must be the DLIs. The Letter of Acceptance should be issued by the DLI issuing the degree, diploma, or certificate. If the degree, diploma, or certificate is issued by more than one DLI jointly, the Letter of Acceptance should be issued by the DLI where the student intends to begin his or her study program. In this situation, the Letter of Acceptance should clearly state:

  • The name, type, and location of the other institution;
  • The course(s) the potential student intends to pursue at a different institution; and/or
  • The semester(s) that the potential student intends to spend at a different institution.

Now when the study permit is issued, the DLI may be specified as the institution that issued the Letter of Acceptance. However, other institutions may be listed in the Remarks section of the study permit in that case.