Augustana Campus International Student Webinar

Augustana Campus International Student Webinar

August 21, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


Good afternoon and thank you for attending
our webinar. My name is Corinne Williams and I am the Student
Services Coordinator and International Student Advisor at Augustana. I’m also a Regulated Canadian Immigration
Consultant. Today I will be your host for the webinar. If you have any questions about the information
in this webinar please call or send me an email. My contact information will be provided at
the end of the webinar. This webinar is for all non-Canadian students. In this webinar we will look at Arrival, Health
Care, Extended Health Care, Study Permits, Temporary Resident Visas, Electronic Travel Authorization, Working
On and Off-Campus, Social Insurance Numbers, Banking, Cell Phones & Smartphones and Important Dates. Augustana Campus is located approximately
one hour southeast of Edmonton in Camrose. You can take a taxi to Camrose from the Edmonton
International Airport. The flat rate fare is $135 for a trip with
Airport Taxi Service from the Airport to Camrose. Make sure to confirm the fare with the driver before departing.The
journey to Camrose should take approximately one hour. Make sure that you have sufficient Canadian
currency available before hiring the services of any taxi. Automated teller machines are located throughout
the airport terminal for convenient banking. International Currency Exchange is available
at the airport. Their hours of operation are 10:30 am to 10:30
pm daily and they are located before and after Security. New first year international students will
be reimbursed a maximum of $100 by Augustana for the cost of a taxi to Camrose. Please get a receipt from the taxi
driver with the amount of the fare paid, the name of the taxi company, and your name clearly written on the receipt. Beginning August 28 bring your receipt to
me in 2-38 Founders’ Hall for reimbursement. The deadline to submit taxi receipts for reimbursement
is October 31, 2017. If you are arriving on campus on August 27
move-in day between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm staff and volunteers will be available to assist with your move-in.
Once you arrive on campus follow the directions posted. After 4:00 pm please proceed directly to the
First Year Complex. Once you arrive at the First Year Complex call 780.781.0506 to contact on-call staff. A courtesy
phone is available in the lobby of the First Year Complex. If you will be arriving on campus August 28
to September 1 proceed directly to the First Year Complex. Between 8:30 am and 5:00 pm staff will be
available to assist with your move-in. After 5:00 pm, once you arrive at the First
Year Complex, call 780.781.0506 to contact on-call staff. A courtesy phone is available in the lobby
of the First Year Complex. If you are arriving very late, please email Residence Services at [email protected]
to let them know. Augustana Campus is located in Camrose, Alberta
at 4901 – 46 Avenue. The First Year Complex is located on the south
end of campus. On the campus map the First Year Complex is indicated as building number 14. Health Care. The Alberta Health Care Insurance
Plan is the basic health insurance plan for Alberta residents. Students who have a 12 month study permit
valid for an Alberta educational institution and who will reside in Alberta for 12 months or more are eligible
for Alberta Health Care coverage. There is no fee for Alberta Health Care coverage
but you must submit an application form in order to receive coverage. If the application is received within
3 months of entry into Alberta, coverage is effective on the date of either entry into Alberta or the date signed
on the study permit, whichever is later. Students with study permits valid for more
than 3 months, but less than 12 months, may be eligible for Alberta Health Care coverage if their application is accompanied
by a letter from the student confirming their intent to reside in Alberta for at least 12 months. Students under
18 years of age must be added to the Alberta Health Care account of a custodian. Alberta Health Care covers basic services
such as doctor visits, lab costs, and hospital stays. A comprehensive list of basic services covered
by Alberta Health Care can be found on their website. Alberta Health Care does not cover the dentist,
ambulance services, eye exams for residents 19-64 years of age, eyeglasses or prescription medicines. When applying for Alberta Health Care Insurance
Plan coverage along with your application form you must provide proof of identity for example your
passport, proof of legal entitlement to be in Canada which could include your study permit, and a document containing
your name and Alberta mailing address which shows proof of residence in Alberta. So for example a letter
confirming that you live in residence from Residence Services. If your study permit is valid for less than
12 months include a copy of your admission letter or Certificate of Enrolment confirming enrolment in a program
of study greater than one year. You can apply for Alberta Health Care Insurance
Plan Coverage at Camrose Registry. They are located at 5613 – 48 Avenue. Processing may take up to 5 days
and it may take up to two weeks for your card to arrive by mail. Although there is no charge for Alberta Health
Care you must still submit an application in order to receive coverage. If you are a temporary resident
from outside Canada, you will see an expiry date printed on your Alberta Personal Health Card. It will be the same
date as the “valid until” date noted on your Canada entry document. If your study permit has been renewed or extended,
please provide Alberta Health with a copy of the new study permit in order to extend or reinstate your Alberta
Health Care coverage. The University of Alberta Health Care Insurance
Plan provides coverage for international students who reside in Alberta for less than 12 months. For example,
exchange and visiting students. UAHIP is similar to the Alberta Health Care
Insurance Plan provided by the Alberta government. If you do not have Alberta Health Care coverage,
participation in UAHIP is mandatory. Upon confirming your registration at the University
of Alberta, you will automatically be enrolled. The premium for a single student is $32.00
per month or $128.00 per term. Coverage starts from the first day of the
month in which the term begins and ends the last day of the month in which the term ends. The Student Health & Dental Plan provides
members with extended health & dental coverage they need beyond provincial health care and other basic health-care
programs. All undergraduate students enrolled in a minimum
of 3 credits in either the Fall or Winter Terms and who pay Students’ Union fees are automatically covered
by the Student Health & Dental Plan. Certain exceptions exist. Please check your student account to confirm
if you have been charged the Plan fees. Coverage for the Student Health & Dental Plan
is from September 1, 2017 to August 31, 2018. The annual fee is $283.70. You must have Alberta
Health Care Insurance Plan coverage or University of Alberta Health Insurance Plan coverage to be eligible
to use the Student Health & Dental Plan. You can opt out of the Student Health and/or
Dental Plan during the Change-of-Coverage Period and receive a credit to your University student financial account
for the amount of the Plan. If you’re a student starting in the Fall Term,
you can only opt out during the Fall Change-of-Coverage Period from September 1 – 25, 2017. If you’re
a new student starting in the Winter Term, you can opt out during the Winter Change-of-Coverage Period from January
3 – 24, 2018. Opt outs are valid for the whole policy year,
from September 1, 2017 to August 31, 2018. Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada
(IRCC). This webinar contains information related to your studies and/or work in Canada. Always refer to Immigration,
Refugees and Citizenship Canada for the most up-to-date information. You can call the Toll Free at
1.888.242.2100 or visit their website at cic.gc.ca. IRCC now offers many of the in-Canada applications
online at their website. Study Permits. Renewing your Study Permit. Ensure that your temporary resident status
as a student remains valid. You must leave Canada by the expiry date of your study permit or apply for a renewal
of your study permit prior to its expiry date. Begin well in advance – eight weeks prior
to the expiry date of your study permit is a good time to start the process. If your application is submitted
after the expiry date of your current document, you will be considered out of status. You can apply for a new Temporary Resident
Visa from within Canada. If you are a temporary resident in Canada
with valid status. For example you have a valid study permit or work permit, you can apply for a new temporary
resident visa to return to Canada before you leave. You can apply in Canada if you are a legally admitted student
or foreign worker in Canada with a Canadian residential address, your current temporary resident status is
still valid, and your existing visa counterfoil is expired or was valid for only one entry, and you need a new temporary
resident visa to return to Canada in the near future. The Electronic Travel Authorization or eTA.
Citizens from countries other than the United States who do not need a temporary resident visa to enter Canada will
need to obtain an Electronic Travel Authorization or eTA before flying to or transitioning through Canada.
Travellers do not need an eTA when entering Canada by land or sea. The authorization is electronically linked
to your passport and is valid for five years or until your passport expires, whichever comes first. Applying for an eTA
is a simple online process that takes just a few minutes. However, some requests can take several days to process
if you’re asked to submit supporting documents. Working On Campus. You may work without a
work permit on campus if you are a full-time post-secondary student at a public post-secondary school, such as a
college or university, have a valid study permit and have a Social
Insurance Number. You must stop working on campus on the day you are no longer studying full-time or when
your study permit expires. Exchange and visiting students may work on
campus if they hold a study permit and are registered full-time. They may apply for this study permit at the port
of entry by presenting their admission letters and other documents to establish their full-time status. Working Off-Campus. You may work off-campus
without a work permit if you have a valid study permit are a full-time student at a designated
learning institution, have started studying, are in a program that
leads to a degree, diploma or certificate and is at least
six months long and have a Social Insurance Number. If your situation changes and you no longer
meet all the requirements, you must stop working off-campus. You and your employer must make sure you are
eligible to work off-campus without a work permit before you start working. If you start working off-campus but
don’t meet the requirements, you may be asked to leave Canada. If you qualify to work off-campus, you can
work up to 20 hours per week during regular school sessions, or while you are studying if you are enrolled in an
intensive program that doesn’t have scheduled breaks if you are studying part-time because you
are completing the last session of your program if you are a graduate student who has completed
the required courses for your degree You can work full-time during scheduled breaks,
such as the winter and summer holidays or spring break, and after you finish your studies if you have
applied for any other work permit. Social Insurance Number. International students
who wish to work must obtain a Social Insurance Number. This is a government-issued number that is
legally required for all work in Canada. You need a Social Insurance Number to work
in Canada or get benefits and services from government programs. You must apply for a Social Insurance Number with
Service Canada. To apply for a Social Insurance Number to
work on campus, your study permit must have these conditions printed on it: May accept employment on the
campus of the institution at which registered in full-time studies May accept employment on or off campus if
meeting eligibility criteria as per R186(f), (v) or (w). Must cease working if no longer meeting these criteria.
If your study permit doesn’t have these conditions, but you meet the criteria, you can ask to have them added so
you can apply for a Social Insurance Number. There is no fee to add these conditions. To apply for a Social Insurance Number to
work off-campus, you must have one of these conditions printed on your study permit: (1) May work 20 hrs. per
week off-campus, or full-time during regular breaks, if meeting criteria outlined in section 186(v) of IRPR;
(2) May accept employment on or off-campus if meeting eligibility criteria as per R186(f), (v) or (w). Must cease working
if no longer meeting these criteria If you meet the above criteria and these conditions
aren’t listed on your study permit, you must request a change to your study permit before you can apply for
a Social Insurance Number. There is no fee for this request. You must apply for a new study permit or
to change the conditions of your study permit and pay a fee if your study permit has “This permit does
not permit the holder to engage in off-campus employment in Canada,” printed on it and you have changed your program
of study. You can apply for a Social Insurance Number
at the Service Canada Centre in Camrose. It is located at the Federal Building on the
2nd floor at 4901 – 50 Avenue. Banking. Banks in Camrose offer several types
of accounts and services. When choosing a financial institution, consider interest and service
rate charges, the services you require and the bank’s location. Making an appointment before you visit a branch
will ensure that you will not spend time waiting for assistance. Be sure to mention that you are
a U of A student when opening an account as students generally have lower fees. To open a bank account you will need the following
items: your passport, study permit, Confirmation of Enrolment or ONEcard (to open a student account) and evidence
of a home address in Canada. So for example a letter confirming that you live in residence from
the Residence Services Office or a rental agreement or utility bill. Banks in Camrose located close to campus include
the Bank of Montreal, the Canadian Imperial Bank
of Commerce, Royal Bank of Canada, Scotiabank,
and TD Canada Trust. Cell phones and Smartphones. Cell phone and
smartphone service providers are different companies in Canada. Some students, particularly those
from the US may be able to extend their current plan to allow for their move to Canada. However, many students may
find it cheaper and more practical to obtain a new phone and plan here in Camrose. Please note that Augustana
does not endorse any one provider. Some companies will provide a free phone or
device when you sign into a plan with them. Some service providers may also sell used certified phones at a discounted
rate. When choosing a plan you should ask yourself
some questions. For example, What is important to you to have? What will you use the phone for? Do you want
to sign onto a plan (a 2-3 year contract) or use a pre-paid phone plan? Do you need long distance calling or international
texting? Do you plan on using a smartphone? Do you
need data as well? Is the plan flexible? Can you add
on or remove different services? What are overage charges should you go over
your limit of text messaging, minutes or data? Important dates in 2017 include August 27
which is Residence Move-In Day, August 28 the First Day of New Student Orientation & Opening Convocation,
August 29 is when First Year Seminar Classes Begin, September 1 is the Add/Drop Deadline for First Year Seminar
Classes, September 2 is International Student Orientation, September 6 is the Wellness & Community Fair,
and September 25 is the Opt-Out Deadline for the
Student Health & Dental Plan. Who is speaking? This is me. I can be found
at 2-38 Founders’ Hall. You can reach me by email at [email protected], or by phone
at 780.679.1639. Thank you for attending this webinar today and I look forward to meeting you when you
arrive on campus.