Change of Status

If you arrived in Canada as an international student but have recently become a permanent resident of Canada (landed immigrant) or have been granted the status of conventional refugee then you must change your status with University administration. Charges for tuition and Foreign Health are connected with your residency status.

NOTE: While most staff a the University work remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic, the below process is being temporarily changed. If you need to change your status, email Natasha ( with  a copy of your docoument attesting to its authenticity. Natasha will then advise on next steps. 

To change your status:

  1. Make an appointment to see Arif Abu or Natasha Clark in the Internationalization Office. For information on making an appointment, click here.  
  2. When you meet with Arif or Natasha, bring with you photocopies and originals of the following documents:
    • Permanet Resident card
    • OR Landed certificate
    • Confirmation of hearing - Notice of Decision. 
  3. Arif or Natasha  will validate the documents by signing the photocopies and highlighting the effective date.
  4. Bring validated photocopies to the Cashier's Office, Arts and Administration Building A1023.

NOTE: At the point that your status is changed in the University system, your differential tuition fees for that semester will be dropped.

Your Foreign Health fee, however, will only be dropped for that semester if you become a PR before the end of the opt out deadline (usually after the first two weeks of classes). If you become a PR half way through the semester, you will be required to keep the Foreign Health Insurance for that semester. But for the following semester, you will be charged the Canadian health fee. If you have any questions about this, email



Internationalization Office

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000