International Student Experience

Our friendly, knowledgeable, and supportive staff are here to help you every step of the way as you transition into life in Canada and become a part of the University of Waterloo community.

With more than 7,000 international students studying at the University of Waterloo, from more than 120 countries, it is our goal to provide resources and student services that will help you to be successful while studying here in Canada.

The International Student Experience team is located in the Student Success Office in South Campus Hall on the second floor. 


International Student Advisor hours

You must bring your passport, Temporary Resident Visa (Canada Visa), study permit, and work permit (if you have one) when you visit us for immigration advising. 

Drop-in:

  • Monday to Friday, 12:00- 3:30 p.m.

Appointments:

  • Monday to Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday and Thursday, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Application Assistance Workshops:

These workshops are held every weekday at 12:00 - 1:00pm throughout fall term in South Campus Hall (SCH) 217. You have to sign-up ahead of time at the Student Success Office front desk. The topics are: 

  • Mondays – Amendment or replacement of immigration document
  • Tuesdays – Co-op work permit
  • Wednesdays – Study permit
  • Thursdays – Temporary Resident Visa (TRV)
  • Fridays – Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP)

Please note that no workshops will be held on October 9-11.

For immigration inquiries, please email: immigration.sso@uwaterloo.ca

For all other inquiries, please email: ise@uwaterloo.ca 

Student Success Office hours

  • Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday and Thursday, 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  1. June 30, 2017International Student Advisors - Change to drop-in hours

    International Student Advisors will be closed to drop-in appointments on Friday, June 30, 2017.

    Drop-in hours have been temporarily reduced in order to allow International Advisors to respond to an increased volume of international student inquiries.

    International Student Advisor hours

    Drop-in:

    • Monday to Friday, 12:00- 3:30 p.m.

  2. Feb. 27, 2017Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) PhD Graduates stream

    The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) has also temporarily closed the International Students PhD Graduates stream due to their registration intake limit being reached at this time. The OINP stated they will resume accepting applications through this stream in the next three months. Streams will be paused and reopened periodically until the province’s 2017 federal allocation is fulfilled. Please carefully read the OINP updates from February 21 to 24 as well as application requirements. The Human Capital Priorities stream and the French-Speaking Skilled Worker stream are still open at this time.

  3. Feb. 24, 2017Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) update

    The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) has temporarily closed the International Students Masters Graduates stream due to their registration intake limit being reached at this time. The OINP stated they will resume accepting applications through this stream in the next three months. Streams will be paused and reopened periodically until the province’s 2017 federal allocation is fulfilled. Please carefully read the OINP updates from February 21 to 23 to as well as application requirements. The International Students PhD Graduates stream, the Human Capital Priorities stream, and the French-Speaking Skilled Worker stream are still open at this time.

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  1. Sep. 5 to Dec. 22, 2017Application Assistance Workshops

    These workshops are held at 12:00 - 1:00pm on a repeating schedule every week throughout fall term. You have to sign-up ahead of time at the Student Success Office front desk. The topics are: 

    • Mondays – Amendment or replacement of immigration document
    • Tuesdays – Co-op work permit
    • Wednesdays – Study permit
    • Thursdays – Temporary Resident Visa (TRV)
    • Fridays – Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP)

  2. Oct. 24, 2017Applying for a TRV inside or outside Canada

    Is your Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) expiring? Do your parents need a TRV to enter Canada to attend your convocation? Are your dependents applying for a TRV to live with you in Canada? This workshop will focus on preparing an application for a TRV inside and outside of canada. We will look at the application procedure, assessment criteria, and required documents including how to write an invitation letter. Register on LEADS.

  3. Nov. 7, 2017Post-Graduation Work Permit info session

    Are you graduating this term and intend to work in Canada? You may be eligible for a Post-Graduation Work Permit to work in Canada! This is a once in a life time opportunity and the application must be submitted within 90 days of completion of degree requirements. Come to this workshop to find out more. Register on LEADS using your WatIAM user ID.

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