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Designated Learning Institution – Canada.

Designated Learning Institutes are the institutes which are approved by the federal and provincial government of Canada are allowed to host International students who are interested in enrolling at those institutes.

International students who want to enroll at a Canadian post-secondary institution are required to submit a letter of acceptance from a Designated Learning Institution in order to apply for a Canadian study permit. Candidates who have graduated from a non-DLI institute are not allowed to apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit.

In the study permit application, candidates have to provide the Designated Learning Institution number of the institution they are enrolled at.

Students may be exempt from issuing a DLI letter or providing a DLI number in their application due to certain reasons. These reasons can be as follow:

  • The student is enrolled at an Elementary or secondary school.
  • The student has a family member of a foreign national whose application for a work permit or study permit is approved in writing before the foreign national’s entry into Canada.

International students can also be affected if an institute loses its DLI status, this can be because of certain reasons such as, candidate applying for study permission with a letter of acceptance from a non-Designated Learning Institution or that the application for study permit has been declined.

If a candidate applies for a study permit with a letter of acceptance from a Designated Learning Institution, and in the meanwhile, the institution loses its designated status before the study permit is issued, the candidate has two options to proceed further.

 Those two options are:

  • Candidate may withdraw the request.
  • Candidate may submit a letter of acceptance from other DLI.

If the candidate does nothing, their request will be denied.

If a person obtains a study permit for DLI and then the institution loses its designated status, the student has two options to proceed further: Candidate can move to another DLI or can continue studying at the non-designated institution until his or her study permit expires.

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