The International Education Department invites you to attend the following workshops/activities to support your international student journey at Conestoga. We are pleased to announce that all of the following opportunities are available online!

Social Insurance Number (SIN) Clinics

We will be hosting SIN Clinics for international students at Conestoga. Your Social Insurance Number is important as it is a confidential number that is required for employment, income reporting purposes, and the use of government services.

Documents to bring to your SIN Clinic

  • Passport
  • Study permit
  • Current Enrolment Letter or Letter of Acceptance

Visit the Government of Canada website for more information about the documents needed.

If you are located at other campuses, or are unable to attend the SIN Clinic at your specific campus, please visit your local Service Canada office to apply for a SIN.

SIN Clinic dates and locations
DateTimeRoomCampus
April 20, 2020
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.Room 104,
Welcome Centre
Kitchener - Doon

International Student Advisor Information Sessions and Workshops

International Student Advisors (ISAs) are Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs) or Regulated International Student Immigration Advisors (RISIAs). International Student Advisors provide professional immigration advising and helping you better understand Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) rules and regulations. They offer guidance and support with immigration documents, such as study permit, work permit, visitor visa, eTA, and more. You can learn more by speaking with advisors one-on-one, or by attending one of their workshops below!

To contact an International Student Advisor, please email internationaladvisor@conestogac.on.ca.

Information sessions


Work eligibility while studying in Canada

During this information session, international students will learn how changes to their academic status may affect their eligibility to work in Canada. Graduating students will learn the different stages of work eligibility while transitioning from study permit to work permit holder.

To sign up: you will receive an email with registration information.
DateTime (EDT)
Tuesday, June 2
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
​Wednesday, July 8
​2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
​Friday, August 14
​10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Maintaining legal status as an international student and fulfilling the conditions of your study permit

This session will provide students with important information on how to interpret study permit conditions, what it means to be "actively pursuing studies", and how to maintain legal status in Canada.

To sign up: you will receive an email with registration information.
DateTime (EDT)
​Friday, May 29
​2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, June 17
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
​Wednesday, July 15
​2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

What you should know if you are considering bringing your spouse and children to Canada to work and study

This information session will explore the options available for family members who want to apply to come to Canada, including:

  • Spousal work eligibility while in Canada
  • Study eligibility for children in Canada (elementary & secondary education)
To sign up: you will receive an email with registration information.
DateTime (EDT)
Friday, June 26
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
​Tuesday, July 21
​3-4 p.m.

Inviting family members to visit you in Canada

This session will provide students with important information to consider when inviting family members to visit Canada from overseas. Learn helpful tips on how to support your family members during their application for a visitor visa.

To sign up: you will receive an email with registration information.
DateTime (EDT)
​Tuesday, June 30
​11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Wednesday, August 5
3-4 p.m.

Immigration information for students outside of Canada

This session will address the specific inquiries that overseas students may have:

  • What are the implications of online study if I remain in my home country?
  • Does the length of my studies affect the length of my Post-Graduation Work Permit?
  • Which documents are required when preparing to come to Canada?
  • Am I eligible to work while studying in Canada?
  • Can I bring my spouse to Canada as an international student?
  • Can I invite my family to visit me in Canada?
To sign up: you will receive an email with registration information.
DateTime (EDT)
Wednesday, June 10
8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
​Friday, July 17
​8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
​Monday, August 10
​8:30 - 9:30 a.m.


Workshops


Applying for a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP)

This workshop will cover the steps required to prepare and submit an online application through the IRCC website.

  • Navigating different application criteria
  • GCKey Account Login: Accessing the online application Document Checklist
  • Preparing the required documents and accessing the Conestoga College services portal
Workshop outcome: students will be able to submit their applications independently
To sign up: you will receive an email with registration information.
DateTime (EDT)
Wednesday, June 3
10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
​Tuesday, August 18
​2:30 - 4 p.m.
​Wednesday, August 19
​11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
​Thursday, August 20
​​2:30 - 4 p.m.
​Friday, August 21
​11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m

Applying for a Study Permit (SP) and a Co-op Work Permit (CWP)

This workshop will provide step-by-step instructions for completing both the study permit and co-op work permit online.

To sign up: you will receive an email with registration information.

DateTime (EDT)
​Wednesday, June 24
​11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 9
​2:30 - 4 p.m.
​Wednesday, August 26
​11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Applying for a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV)

This workshop will provide step-by-step instructions for completing the TRV application form online and the documents required to support the application.

To sign up: you will receive an email with registration information.

DateTime (EDT)
​Friday, July 24
​3-4 p.m.

Applying for a Co-op Work Permit (CWP)

This workshop will focus specifically on the CWP application. Students will learn to access the CWP “Document Checklist” through their GCKey account and complete the application form.

To sign up: you will receive an email with registration information.

DateTime (EDT)
Thursday, August 27
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Applying for extended immigration status for family members in Canada

This workshop will provide students with the information required to assist family members in extending their stay in Canada if they hold a valid open work permit or visitor visa status.

To sign up: you will receive an email with registration information.

DateTime (EDT)
Wednesday, July 22
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

International Transition Webinars and Online Transition Talks

YOU'RE INVITED to our International Transition Webinars and Online Transition Talks on Zoom. We look forward to seeing you there!

Webinars are informative! Get the information you need to know and ask questions about topics that are important to you as an international student. Webinars will be live, but also recorded so that you can watch at a time that is convenient for you.

Transition Talks are interactive! This is an opportunity to connect with other international students from all over the world, share tips and converse in a small group setting. Transition Talks are live through Zoom and are offered three times a week.

Check out our weekly themes below and for details about how you can join.

Canadian Culture

Join us as we answer the question "What is Canadian Culture?". We will focus on Canadian cultural norms and students will have an opportunity to learn and share their understanding and experiences with Canadian cultural norms both in the online and offline environments.

Webinar

DateTime
​Sign up
Monday, June 1, 2020
7 a.m. EDT
​Click here to sign up on the CCP

Online Transition Talk
DateTime
​Sign up
Tuesday, June 2, 2020
7 a.m. EDT
Click here to sign up on the CCP
Wednesday, June 3, 202011 a.m. EDT
Click here to sign up on the CCP
Thursday, June 4, 20203 p.m. EDT
Click here to sign up on the CCP
Transitioning to Online Learning for International Students

Join us as we discuss how you can support your transition to studying online. We'll discuss the specific barriers to success that international students may face, wellness tips and provide supports available to you from your home in Canada and abroad.

Webinar

DateTime
​Sign up
Monday, June 8, 2020
7 a.m. EDT
Click here to sign up on the CCP


Online Transition Talk

DateTime
​Sign up
Tuesday, June 9, 2020
7 a.m. EDT
​Click here to sign up on the CCP
Wednesday, June 10, 202011 a.m. EDT
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Thursday, June 11, 20203 p.m. EDT
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Safety, Security, and Scams

Join us in conversation on how to maintain your safety and security both on and offline. We'll discuss the importance of maintaining personal boundaries to minimize the chances of being a victim of scams, as well as how to recognize, avoid and report scams.

Webinar

DateTime
​Sign up
Monday, June 15, 2020
7 a.m. EDT
Click here to sign up on the CCP


Online Transition Talk

DateTime
​Sign up
Tuesday, June 16, 2020
7 a.m. EDT
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Wednesday, June 17, 202011 a.m. EDT
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Thursday, June 18, 20203 p.m. EDT
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Landlord, Tenant & Roommate Relationships, Rights and Responsibilities

Join us in conversation about housing and daily living with roommates during the time of COVID-19 and beyond. We will provide tips on how to approach challenging conversations with your landlord and roommates as well as your tenant rights and responsibilities.

Webinar

DateTime
​Sign up
Monday, June 22, 2020
11 a.m. EDT
Click here to sign up on the CCP


Online Transition Talk

DateTime
​Sign up
Tuesday, June 23, 2020
11 a.m. EDT
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Wednesday, June 24, 20203 p.m. EDT
​Click here to sign up on the CCP
Thursday, June 25, 20203 p.m. EDT
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Diversity in Canada

Join us as we discuss the cultural value of ‘diversity’ and how this is celebrated Canada. Meet members of your Conestoga International Office and learn about their diverse backgrounds.

Webinar

DateTime
​Sign up
Monday, July 6, 2020
7 a.m. EDT
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Online Transition Talk

DateTime
​Sign up
Tuesday, July 7, 2020
7 a.m. EDT
Click here to sign up on the CCP
Wednesday, July 8, 202011 a.m. EDT
Click here to sign up on the CCP
Thursday, July 9, 20203 p.m. EDT
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Job Search in Canada

Join us as we discuss how to find jobs in Canada! We will focus in on student job opportunities, the process of how to search for jobs in Canada, how to prepare a ‘Canadian-style' application package with resume and cover letter, as well as how to prepare for interviews with Canadian employers.

Webinar

DateTime
​Sign up
Monday, July 13, 2020
7 a.m. EDT
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Online Transition Talk

DateTime
​Sign up
Tuesday, July 14, 2020
7 a.m. EDT
​Click here to sign up on the CCP
Wednesday, July 15, 202011 a.m. EDT
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Thursday, July 16, 20203 p.m. EDT
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Canadian Workplace Norms

Join us as we discuss workplace culture, norms, and etiquette in Canada! In this webinar, we will share tips for success when working with Canadian employers to help you adapt and increase your chances of success in maintaining employment.

Webinar

DateTime
​Sign up
Monday, July 20, 2020
7 a.m. EDT
Click here to sign up on the CCP


Online Transition Talk

DateTime
​Sign up
Tuesday, July 21, 2020
7 a.m. EDT
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Wednesday, July 22, 202011 a.m. EDT
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Thursday, July 23, 20203 p.m. EDT
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Your Canadian Housing Search

Join us as we share what you need to know to find safe and secure housing in Canada! We will review housing options, budgeting for housing, effective housing search strategies, general legal responsibilities of landlords and tenants as well as what to expect for COVID-19 quarantine rules upon arrival. Students will gain an understanding of housing search and legal resources and supports available to them to be successful with searching and maintaining their housing in Canada.

Webinar

DateTime
​Sign up
Monday, July 27, 2020
7 a.m. EDT
Click here to sign up on the CCP


Online Transition Talk

DateTime
​Sign up
Tuesday, July 28, 2020
7 a.m. EDT
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Wednesday, July 29, 202011 a.m. EDT
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Thursday, July 30, 20203 p.m. EDT
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Canada Day Celebration

Join the International Department for a virtual celebration of Canada Day! Drop-in on Zoom for some fun, games and good conversation!

Webinar

DateTime
​Sign up
Monday, June 29, 2020 9 a.m. EDTClick here to sign up on the CCP
​Tuesday, June 30, 2020
​2 p.m. EDT
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Student Engagement and Opportunities to Get Involved

If you are looking for additional ways to get involved at the college, make sure to connect with Student Engagement. Student Engagement connects students with meaningful opportunities so that you can enhance your classroom experience, apply your learning, explore your potential, develop personally and professional, and shape a holistic college experience. Participate in virtual programming such as Orientation, Connect Leadership Workshops, Volunteer and Leadership Opportunities, and English Conversation Programs.

Access the Co-Curricular Portal

Log on to the Co-Curricular Portal (CCP) to access all opportunities available to you throughout the college. Submit a reflection on your learnings through the portal after attending an eligible event and, once approved, receive recognition on your Co-Curricular Record (CCR) - an official document signed by the college president and the vice president of Student Affairs. Visit the CCP to explore how to get involved.

If you have additional questions, email Student Engagement at studentengagement@conestogac.on.ca or follow them on Facebook or Instagram @conestogastudentengagement.

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