Wednesday, December 19, 2012

SGS: Status in Canada Exemption for PhD Applicants to the Federal Skilled Worker Program


To: Chairs/Directors/Coordinators/Administrators
From: Heather Kelly, Director-Student Services
CC: Committee of Graduate Deans
SGS Student Services
Date: 18-Oct-12

Re: Status in Canada Exemption for PhD Applicants to the Federal Skilled Worker Program

As per current Ontario government policy, international students are assessed international student fees unless they are a Canadian Citizen, Permanent Resident (PR) or they qualify for a “Status in Canada” exemption (as described on the Student Accounts web-page).

It has come to our attention that the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) will allow an exemption to international student fees for PhD students who have applied for PR status under the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) program and have received “a positive final determination of eligibility for processing”.

This change is effective immediately. Please direct interested PhD students who have applied under the FSW program and received approval in principle to the School of Graduate Studies for a review of their documentation no later than November 1, 2012 for the fall/winter terms and February 1, 2013 for the winter term. Retroactive status changes are not possible.

Graduate units will be informed of any status change. Please note that a student who is eligible for the exemption is also eligible for operating grants.

Please contact your Divisional Student Services Officer or Assistant for any questions about Status in Canada exemptions.

Heather Kelly

Director of Student Services
School of Graduate Studies
University of Toronto
63 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2Z9
Tel: 416-978-4350
Fax: 416-971-2864

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