Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) changes to the International Student Program
Immigration Canada (CIC) changes to the International Student Program:
Effective June 1, 2014
On February 14, 2014, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) published new immigration regulations for international students. The changes will take effect on June 1, 2014.
A full description of the new rules can be found on the Citizenship and Immigration website.
There are several changes to study permits starting June 1, 2014:
- You will be
required to enroll, remain enrolled and make reasonable and timely progress
towards completing your program if you want to remain in Canada on a study permit. The June 1st changes will not require you to study full-time.
- Students must be
enrolled in a designated institution. The list of designated institutions will
be published on the CIC website next month.
- Study permits
will expire 90 days after you successfully complete the requirements of your
program or on the expiry date of your study permit (if it is prior to the end
of the 90 days).
- CIC may request
that you show you are complying with the conditions of your study permit. This
may be a random assessment or due to specific concerns.
- If you are found to not be complying with the conditions of your study permit, you may be asked to leave Canada and must not return for a year without written permission.
Off-Campus Work Permit
- You will be able
to work off-campus (without a work permit) if you have a study permit and are completing a Laurier degree, diploma or
certificate program that is longer than 6 months or more AND are enrolled as a
full time student.
- Study permits
will automatically allow eligible students to work up to 20 hours per week
during the school year and full-time during scheduled breaks. Off-campus work permits will no longer be
required and the six-month waiting period for off-campus work will be removed.
- International student graduates can work full-time without a work permit if you have successfully completed your program of study and applied for a post-graduate work permit before your study permit expires.
- Co-op work
permit regulations have not changed. Visit CIC website for more information.
- On-campus work regulations have not changed.
Please visit www.wlu.ca/laurierinternational for updates as we continue to get more information on the changes from Citizenship and Immigration Canada.