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International student resources

Adapting to life in Canada and UWaterloo

Immigration

Immigration advising 

Advisor helping a student.Ask an International Student Advisor for assistance with your Canadian immigration status, medical coverage or information about government resources. All of our Advisors are Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants with the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council.

Immigration documents you need

student being advised. Whether you are applying for documents for the first time or renewing, we have information pertaining to study and work permits, Temporary Resident Visas, Electronic Travel Authorization, and United States Visitor Visas. We also cover information on what to do if your documents are lost, stolen, damaged or need to be amended.

Social Insurance Number

Apply for a SIN.All individuals needs a SIN from Service Canada to work in Canada. Find out how to apply. 

Resources for your family

Family picture.Learn how you can invite your family to visit, or attend convocation. There is also information about the open work permit for spouses of international students. 

International student programs and services

International Peer Community

international peer community. Join the International Peer Community to meet new people, build your network and learn about Canadian culture. The community can offer you support and guidance to help you through your first or second term.

English Conversation Circles

English conversation circles. Learn English conversation strategies and tips in a group setting while exploring various aspects of Canadian culture.

UWinterloo Holiday Care Packages 

Students making a snowman. ​If you are an international student staying in Waterloo this upcoming holiday season, get festive with a free UWinterloo Care Package featuring a guide to seasonal events, special discounts, and small gifts. You'll also be able to connect with other students who are staying in town and enjoy the local festivities together. 

Health insurance

Student accessing healthcare.As a registered international student (Visa student on Quest) you are automatically enrolled in University Health Insurance Plan and the Feds/GSA supplementary health and dental plan.