Process for Tuition Refunds for New International Students in 2021-22

For new international students beginning their studies in the 2021-22 academic year, we recognize that there may be some additional challenges when getting a study permit. During the current situation with COVID-19, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has closed many of its Visa Application Centres (VACs) or some may be open and operating in a very limited capacity. This has resulted in study permit application processing delays. 

International students do not need a study permit to legally start a program from outside of Canada; however, you will need one to begin studying in Canada once you are able to travel. We strongly recommend that you begin your study permit application process as soon as you can.

Study permit application processing

Recently, IRCC announced that applicants who submit a complete study permit application by May 15, 2021, will receive a decision by August 6, 2021. If an applicant is unable to submit a complete application due to COVID-19 restrictions and a complete application is submitted only after May 15, 2021, the application will still be processed as quickly as possible but a decision may not be received before the fall semester begins.

Post-Graduation Work Permit eligibility

Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada recently announced temporary PGWP eligibility rules, which allow 100% of your studies completed online from outside of Canada between spring 2020 and December 31, 2021, to be counted toward the length of your PGWP. This also applies to students completing two study programs.

Previous rules that required half of the program to be completed inside of Canada and indicated that online studies would count only up until April 30, 2021, are replaced by the updated rules announced on February 12, 2021. 

What to do if you receive a study permit refusal

For undergraduate students starting in the Fall 2021 or Winter 2022 semesters, York has some additional support for our new international students who receive a study permit refusal. If your first study permit application is unsuccessful, book an appointment with one of our immigration specialists at York International, or, for Schulich students only, through Schulich School of Business International Relations, to help you with a second application submission. If your application is still refused after receiving our help, you may be eligible for a tuition refund if you apply by the deadline. 


New international undergraduate students beginning studies in the 2021-22 Fall or Winter semesters.


Term Last day for 100% refund 50% course fee withheld
SU 2021 August 2, 2021 August 10, 2021
S1 2021 June 21, 2021 n/a
S2 2021 August 10, 2021 n/a
Fall 2021 November 26, 2021 December 7, 2021
Full Year 2021-22 February 11, 2022 April 10, 2022
Winter 2022 April 1, 2022 April 10, 2022




If your study permit was not denied, you may still be eligible for a refund through the regular York refund tables. Please visit for more information.

How to Apply

  1. Apply for your initial study permit. If you would like support or help reviewing your completed application, book an appointment with one of our International Student Advisors via the York International Website.
  2. If your application is denied, book an appointment with one of our International Student Advisors via the York International Website, or, for Schulich students only, with Schulich School of Business International Relations. They will help you review your application for resubmission. 
  3. If you receive a study permit refusal again and do not wish to submit another application, you can choose to apply for a tuition refund. 
  4. Fill out and submit the New International Student Refund Request Form, uploading copies of both of your refusal letters from IRCC. 
  5. You will receive a notification once your Request Form has been received and approved or denied.
  6. Please note, this temporary policy applies to study permit applications submitted for the current academic year.

If you have any questions about this process, please email

When to expect your tuition refund

Student Financial Services will process refunds at two points in the Fall 2021 and Winter 2022 semesters, after each deadline listed above.  You will receive notification from the University by email once your refund has been processed.  Please allow 3 to 4 weeks from the application deadlines listed above for processing.