Starting June 1, 2014, international Students need a letter of acceptance from a Designated Learning Institution. You need to include the Designated Learning Institution number (DLI #), which is the number that begins with the letter “O”, on your study permit application form. “DLI number” is the external term used for Organization ID in GCMS. This number is assigned to a post-secondary institution once IRCC receives confirmation of its designation status from its provincial or territorial ministry of education.
In following cases students are exempted from providing a DLI number on their application:
- All primary and secondary schools in Canada are automatically designated. They do not appear on this list. You do not need to include a DLI number on your application form if you apply at this type of school.
- The family member of a foreign national whose application for a work permit or study permit is approved in writing before the foreign national enters Canada is eligible for an open study permit (i.e., not attached to a DLI [letter of acceptance exempt]). The duration of the family member’s study permit must be same as the duration of the work or study permit issued to the principal applicant. You do not need to
If the institution you have chosen looses its DL status then you may face the following: