More than 130,000 students study in Canada yearly and even more come to Canada to learn English or French. International students always welcome and add a rich culture to our classrooms and campuses. The only exception for a foreign national to obtain a study permit is if the length of study will not be longer than six months. Any studies beyond six months require a Study Permit and a Temporary Resident Visa if you are not from a visa-exempt country.
The great advantage for international students is that they can work in Canada, inside and outside the campus, for any employer if they are taking a full-time eligible program at a Designated Learning Institution (DLI). Students are eligible to work part-time while studying full-time, plus they’re eligible to work full-time during summer or non-semester breaks. This essential experience gained during the education period can be helpful for students applying for permanent residence after completion of studies.
The Canadian government continues to support recent graduates through various immigration programs that provide the possibility of their status in Canada from temporary to permanent.
We can assist you in making the right decision in choosing the eligible educational institution and program of studies that will support your career and application for permanent residency in Canada!
Numerous international students come to Canada each year to enroll in either short-term or long-term postsecondary programs due to the country’s unique, world-class education system. In recent years, academic institutions have emphasized recruiting international students because they value the diversity that comes with being a world-renowned educational institution with students from all over the world.
If you want to study in Canada, you first need to get a study permit. This is the case even if you have already been accepted to a school. Often, studying in Canada is the first step toward becoming a permanent resident.
To get a study permit, you need the following:
· A letter from a Designated Learning Institution (DLI)
· A valid passport or travel document
· You have enough money to pay for your tuition fees, living costs for you and any family members who come with you to Canada, and return transportation for you and any family members who come with you to Canada.
· be a good citizen with no criminal record and isn’t a threat to Canada’s security.
· You might have to provide a police certificate from your local police.
· Immigration Medical Examination
· persuade an immigration officer that you will leave Canada after your studies.
Maintaining your legal position in Canada as an international student requires you to maintain or renew your Study Permit. To renew your student visa for Canada, you need to apply at least 30 days before your existing visa expires. If you apply after your study visa has expired, you will need to reinstate your status within 90 days.
You may apply to have it reinstated within 90 days of losing your student status. You can only apply if you’re still eligible based on the criteria of your permit and the terms under which you were granted entry to Canada.
A foreign national is exempt from the need for a study permit under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) if they meet the following criteria:
· The length of the student’s study program is less than or equal to six months, and it will be finished within the time frame allowed
· Applicants must be under the age of 18 and enrolled in an appropriate educational program (pre-school, primary, or secondary) (this includes dependent children of temporary foreign workers)
· The applicant is a member of the immediate family or a member of the support staff of a foreign representative authorized by the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade to perform diplomatic duties as a consular officer, representative, or foreign ambassador, or as a member of the United Nations or any international agency of which Canada is a member.
· The applicant is a member of, or a civilian accompanying, the military forces of one of the countries listed in the Visiting Forces Act.
· The applicant meets the requirements for Indian status under the Registered Indian Act.
You can stay in Canada while waiting for a decision on your application to restore your status, but you can’t enroll in classes until your status has been restored.
Your application for reinstatement of status is not guaranteed to be approved. When applying, you must explain in detail what transpired that led to your ineligibility.
If you are an international student in Canada, you can get a job on campus only with your study permission and no further documentation. On-campus employment privileges are limited to students enrolled in programs that last longer than 6 months and lead to a credential such as a degree, diploma, or certificate.
If you have a study permit, you can work off-campus for up to 20 hours per week during the school year and for the full 40 hours per week during scheduled breaks.
Eligibility requirements for a Co-op Work Permit:
· have a valid study permit
· work is required to complete the study program in Canada
· have a letter from the school that confirms all students in the same program need to complete work placements to get their degree, and
· the co-op placement or internship totals 50% or less of the study program
Eligibility requirements for a Post-graduation Work Permit (PGWP):
· Have completed a PGWP-eligible program at one of the Designated Learning Institutions. Academic, vocational, or professional training programs at least eight months long that grant a degree, diploma, or certificate are eligible;
· Have completed at least 50% of the study program in Canada (some exceptions apply due to the COVID-19 pandemic);
· Have studied full time (have taken at least three courses of the Program) in each semester, except for the last semester; and
· Have received the educational credential, transcripts, or letter of completion of the program issued by the Designated Learning Institution.
Graduates have up to 180 days to apply for a PGWP after getting their degree or diploma, transcript, or official letter from their school and must keep valid status in Canada.
Work in Canada
· Post Graduate Work Permit
· Open Work Permit
· Bridging Open Work Permit (BOWP)
· LMIA-Based Work Permit