May 23, 2014 – Important changes are coming to
Canada's International Student Program. These changes are
meant to improve access to Canada for international students while
at the same time reducing the potential for fraudulent use of the
program. As of June 1, 2014:
Study permits will only be issued to applicants who have been
accepted for studies at Designated Learning Institutions
Students will be required to actively pursue their studies
while in Canada
Full-time students enrolled at designated institutions will be
permitted to work part-time off campus during their studies
and full-time during scheduled breaks without a
What is a Designated
As of June 1, 2014 each province and territory in Canada will be
responsible for designating post-secondary institutions that may
enroll international students. A list of Designated Learning
Institutions will be released on June 1, 2014. All primary
and secondary schools in Canada will be automatically considered
Designated Learning Institutions and will not be included on the
In order to qualify for a study permit after June 1, 2014, you
must be in receipt of an acceptance letter from a Designated
If you already hold an acceptance letter from a Canadian
post-secondary institution you should apply for a study
permit before June 1, 2014. If your application is received
before June 1, 2014 and your institution is not a designated
learning institution, you will be permitted to renew your permit
for up to 3 years in order to complete your program. This
means that you must complete your program of study before June 1,
If you are already in Canada studying as an
International Student you will, generally, be
permitted to complete your program of study. If, after June
1, 2014, your institution is on the list of Designated Learning
Institutions, then nothing changes – you can continue to
renew your study permit and access the new work benefits of
Canada's International Student Program. If your
institution is not included on the list of Designated Learning
Institutions or if your institution loses its status you will still
be permitted to renew your study permit but you must complete your
program of study before June 1, 2017.
What does it mean to actively pursue
Generally, this means you must remain enrolled in your studies
and making progress towards completing your program. You may
be asked by immigration officers to provide evidence demonstrating
your enrollment and academic status. In addition, your
institution will report to your enrollment and academic status to
Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). This includes
advising CIC that you have completed your program of study or have
withdrawn from your program.
What about working off campus?
As of June 1, 2014, most full-time students on study permits in
Canada will no longer require a work permit in order to work
off-campus. Full-time students may work up to 20 hours per
week during the regular academic year, and work full-time during
regularly scheduled breaks from school. In addition,
full-time students with study permits will no longer be required to
wait six months before working. In order to work, full-time
students must be enrolled and a Designated Learning Institution and
must obtain a Social Insurance Number.
Full-time students studying English or French as a second
language or participating in general interest or preparatory
courses are not eligible to work during their studies.
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