Changes to International Student Program from June 1, 2014

New rules for international students have been established in Canada’s education system. This is aimed at protecting the country’s global academic reputation and to minimize the potential for misuse or fraud of the program. The new rule took effect from June 1, 2014.

The New Rule

Changing Institutions

If you wish to change your course of study or your institution, make sure you fulfill all the conditions of your study permit and work permit, especially if you will work during your study periods.

Working off Campus

The new rules make it easier for students with study permit to work outside their schools. So, full-time students pursuing vocational, professional, or academic program at selected learning institutions can:

However, the students are expected to obtain a social insurance number to be able to work while studying in the country. This is very compulsory.

With effect from June 1, 2014 if you have a work permit and study permit. Keep in mind that the off-campus work permit program is now inactive, because the new rule empowers you to work off campus in so far as you meet all the necessary requirements for working outside the campus.

The conditions for working off campus will now be written on your study permit. So, it means that to be able to work off campus, you must meet all the required conditions of the study permit.

Your duty and the responsibility of your employer is to ensure that you are permitted to work outside the campus without a work permit. If you are working off campus without meeting the eligibility requirements, it is a breach of contract under the immigration regulations, and you will be severely fined.

Work as Part of Co-op/Internship Program

The new rule affects your eligibility to participate in the co-op or internship program:

Applying for a Study Permit from within Canada

Starting from June 1, 2014 visitors to Canada and certain foreign nationals can apply for a study permit from within the country. These include:

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