Changes to Study Permit Regulations

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Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has redesigned the conditions for issuing a study permit to an understudy who is required to complete a prerequisite before he or she starts a second program in a Designated Learning Institution (DLI).

A hopeful wishing to study in Canada should first acquire a letter of acceptance to a DLI, before applying for a study permit. In specific cases, this letter of acceptance is conditional on the applicant finishing a prerequisite course, such as a language course, which he or she must successfully finish before starting his or her main study program. Before this update, understudies in this situation received a long-term study permit covering the length of both the essential course and the fundamental study program, in addition to an extra 90 days.

There are concerns that a few understudies may take advantage of this extended permit to seek employment instead of studies. In this case, IRCC has expressed that it will no longer issue study permits covering two different programs of study at two distinctive DLIs.

Currently, if an understudy does not continue to his or her second program in the wake of finishing the prerequisite, he or she despite everything still holds a valid study permit which allows the holder to work for up to 20 hours a week during the semester, and full-time during holidays. The same still applies even if the understudy does not finish the prerequisite course. As indicated by IRCC, some immigration officers are worried that a few understudies are exploiting this situation to work in Canada without pursuing studies, as is required to agree to the states of the study permit.

Since 2014, IRCC has expressed that a student should effectively pursue his or her studies to maintain their valid status as a student in Canada. A student is thought to be actively pursuing his or her studies if he or she is selected at a DLI and making progress with the courses. What’s more, a student must be enrolled full-time to be qualified to work off-campus. If an international student fails to update the IRCC when he or she stops his or her program of study, IRCC may revoke the study permit. The IRCC screens consistency to this control by gathering data from DLIs about their students attending with study permits.

The new technique will require international students who wish to pursue a study program in Canada after a prerequisite program to reapply for another study permit once the prerequisite course has successfully been completed.

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