Canada has implemented new regulations for international students who want to study in that country that will take effect from tomorrow, June 1, 2014.
“The new regulations will improve services to genuine students while protecting Canada’s international reputation for high-quality education
and reducing the potential for fraud and misuse of the programme,” the Canadian High Commission said in a release yesterday.
Among the new regulations, applicants must
enrol in and continue to pursue studies in Canada.Failure to do so could lead to removal from Canada. Study permits will only be issued to successful applicants who are pursuing studies at an educational institution that has been designated to receive international students.
Permits will automatically authorise the holder to work off-campus for
up to 20 hours per week during the academic session and full time during scheduled breaks, without the need to apply for a separate work permit.
The study permit holder must be pursuing academic, vocational or professional training of six months or more that leads to a degree, diploma or certificate at a designated institution.
Only international students who are pursuing studies at a secondary school or at a designated institution may apply for a co-op work permit if a co-op placement is an integral part of their course of study.
Visitors may apply for a study permit from within Canada if they are at the preschool, primary or secondary level,
are on an academic exchange or a visiting student at a designated learning institution, or have completed a course or programme of study that is a condition for acceptance at a designated learning institution.
International students enrolling in courses in Canada for six months or less do not need a study permit, although students from countries whose citizens require a visa for entry will still need a valid visitor visa.
—For more information visit http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/media/notices/2014-02-12.asp.