Canadian Designated Learning Institutions (DLI)

Canadian Designated Learning Institutions (DLI)

A Designated Learning Institution (DLI) is a must for international students seeking a Canadian study permit. While all elementary and high schools are DLIs by default, post-secondary institutions need approval from the province. You will get post-graduation work permit only if you have studied at DLI college.

Check your DLI Institution

Each college and post-secondary school that is admitting International students has its own DLI number. This number can be seen on the study permit application form, the number mostly starts from the letter “O”.

Before planning to study in Canada as an international student, verify that your chosen school is listed among Designated Learning Institutions (DLIs).

You can check out the DLI Institutes list here.

What are Non-DLI Schools?

Non-DLI schools are institutions in Canada that are not designated learning institutions in Canada. They lack the approval to admit international students under the Canadian study permit program. Prospective international students need to choose a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) to comply with immigration regulations and be eligible for a study permit.

How to Change a Canadian DLI Number?

Changing a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) number in Canada typically involves updating your study permit with the new information. Here’s the procedure to change Canadian DLI Number:

1. Receive Admission from the New DLI

Obtain an offer letter and a new letter of acceptance from the Canadian institution with the updated DLI number.

2. Notify Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)

Inform IRCC about the change by submitting an online request through the IRCC website or contacting them directly.

3. Update Your Study Permit

If your study permit has not been issued yet, provide the new DLI information in your study permit application.

If you already have a study permit, you may need to apply for an amendment. This process could involve submitting a request through the IRCC website or by mail.

4. Maintain Valid Status

Ensure that your study permit remains valid throughout the process to avoid any legal issues.

5. Consult with Designated Learning Institutions

Communicate with both the current and new DLIs to understand their specific procedures and requirements for DLI number changes.

6.Keep Documentation

Keep copies of all relevant documents, such as the new acceptance letter and any communication with IRCC.

How to change your program?

If you want to change your program of study or program as an international student in Canada:

  1. Confirm eligibility with your current institution.
  2. Obtain a new acceptance letter for the desired program.
  3. Notify your current institution and follow their guidance.
  4. Update your study permit or apply for an amendment if needed.
  5. Ensure your documents remain valid for legal status.
  6. Communicate with both institutions and follow their specific procedures.
  7. Be prepared for any required interviews or additional documentation.
  8. Keep copies of all relevant documents.

How to change schools in Quebec?

Here’s procedure to transfer to a school in Quebec as an international student:

  1. Obtain admission from the new school in Quebec.
  2. Notify your current school and follow their procedures.
  3. Update your study permit if needed or apply for a new one.
  4. Ensure all immigration documents reflect the new school details

Frequently Asked Questions

Are all DLI eligible for PGWP?

No, not all Designated Learning Institutions (DLIs) in Canada automatically make students eligible for the Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP).

Can I study at a non-DLI school as an international student?

No, If you want to be eligible for study permit you must choose the right DLI number. Non-DLI schools are not authorized to admit international students under the study permit program.

How do I change my DLI after obtaining a study permit?

First, you would need a new acceptance letter from the new DLI and may have to inform the immigration authorities.

Do all schools in Canada have DLI status?

No, only approved schools, both primary/secondary and post-secondary institutions, are designated as DLIs.


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