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Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) changes to the International Student Program

May 26/14

Important Notice:

Citizenship and 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.

Study Permit

There are several changes to study permits starting June 1, 2014:

  1. 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.

  2. Students must be enrolled in a designated institution. The list of designated institutions will be published on the CIC website next month.

  3. 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).

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.


  1. Co-op work permit regulations have not changed. Visit CIC website for more information.

  2. On-campus work regulations have not changed.

Please visit for updates as we continue to get more information on the changes from Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

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