Durham College and BorderPass Announce Strategic Partnership to Support International Student Success

Access to the immigration solutions platform expands student services from admission to post-graduation outcomes

OSHAWA, Ontario, May 1, 2024 — Durham College (DC) and BorderPass announced a new strategic partnership today that will provide international students with added services and support to help guide their immigration journey.

From application to post-graduation, BorderPass’ trusted online platform will help provide a seamless immigration experience for DC applicants and enrolled international students. This partnership aligns with DC’s commitment to provide a welcoming, inclusive and supportive environment for international students at both its Oshawa and Whitby campuses and in the local community. It also complements the existing services and expertise of DC’s International Education Office and is backed by DC’s International Student Advisors and BorderPass’ in-house immigration lawyers and experts.

DC’s applicants will receive study permit application preparation, as well as review and filing services, including the submission of their Provincial Attestation Letter (PAL) through BorderPass by Canadian immigration lawyers; services which are already included in their fees.

“We are proud to welcome students from around the world to Durham College and this partnership with BorderPass enhances our ongoing commitment to supporting their academic success and well-being,” said Thom MacDonald, Dean, International Education, at Durham College. “By encompassing every aspect of the student journey, from admission to employment, we’re setting a new standard of support for our international students.”

Once enrolled at DC, international students’ BorderPass membership includes:

  • Notifications of key dates, plus continuous monitoring and management of their visas and immigration documentation in BorderPass’ Document Vault to help ensure compliance.
  • Relationships with Canadian immigration lawyers and access to professional legal immigration experts, through group workshops and email/chat support with prompt response times.
  • Ongoing Express Entry score tracking and management, providing students with visibility, guidance and tips on their permanent residency pathways and relevant employment outcomes.

Essential services such as Social Insurance Number (SIN) registration, and preferred rates on follow-on immigration services including study permit extensions, co-op permits, work permits, spousal permits and family support.

By integrating these wrap-around services, students have access to more resources they need to thrive. The partnership is designed to not only enhance the student experience but also to support Canada’s goals of attracting and retaining talented people from around the world to address critical labour market shortages. Access to the BorderPass platform will continue to assist DC’s international students should they choose to pursue post-graduation work opportunities and permanent residence.

Jonathan Sherman, Head of Sales and Partnerships at BorderPass, expressed enthusiasm for the partnership’s potential impact.

“This partnership demonstrates our joint commitment to providing international students with added transparency and control over their immigration journeys,” he states. “Student support helps position Durham College as a top choice for global talent, which in turn helps fill critical employment gaps and boost Canada’s economic growth. Together, we’re working to give students tools they need to succeed and contribute meaningfully to our community and economy.”



About Durham College

With campuses in Oshawa and Whitby, Durham College (DC) offers over 13,700 full-time post-secondary and 2,300 apprenticeship students access to more than 145 programs, including six honours bachelor degrees and nine apprenticeship programs.

DC enables students to develop career-ready skills for the ever-changing job market by providing an exceptional college education. With a focus on experiential learning, led by expert faculty, through field placements, applied research, co-ops and other hands-on opportunities, DC grads are known for having the skills and knowledge employers need.

Media Contact
Carmen Doucette
Senior Communications Officer, Durham College


About BorderPass 

BorderPass is an award-winning digital platform designed to simplify the immigration journey for students, newcomers, educational institutions, and employers. The platform provides tools and lawyer-verified guidance to study, work, and live in a new country with a full spectrum of services including visa applications, document management, and practical settlement assistance such as housing and career support.

BorderPass was developed by experts in law and technology who believe that increasing access to legal support improves immigration outcomes. This approach facilitates a smooth transition for over tens of thousands of newcomers on the platform, enables regulatory compliance for leading colleges and universities, and promotes sustainable growth for local communities and national economies. For more information, visit borderpass.ca.

Media Contact
Michael Pietrocarlo
Head of Marketing, BorderPass