International Student Program changes get students working

In June, Canada’s International Student Program introduced new rules to protect the program from fraud or misuse. MKS’s own paralegal, Sara Adel, informs readers about the changes on page 12 of the latest BC Paralegal Association (BCPA) newsletter.

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The new rules include stipulations that will both ensure the program is being used for which it was intended, as well as give students more freedom to earn an income while in school, Sara explains. The rules include: limiting the issuance of study permits to applicants who will study at a designated learning institution; requiring students to actively pursue their studies while in Canada; and allowing full-time international students in certain programs to work part-time off campus, and full-time during scheduled school breaks, without a work permit.

Sara goes on to clarify that “actively pursuing” means that a students must remain enrolled in their designated program and complete it within a reasonable timeframe. If a student does not show that they are adhering to this, or the other rules, they risk removal from Canada.

As for designated learning institutions, the new rules require students to show a letter of acceptance from any of the schools designated to accept international student enrolment. Provinces and territories are responsible for making these designation and the list of institutions is available on the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website.

Prior to June 1, some international students wanting to work off campus required a work permit to do so, but as Sara explains, the new rules allow eligible students to forgo the work permit and still earn an income while going to school. This will allows students to begin work immediately, instead of having to wait six months for a permit.

MKS immigration lawyers is a Vancouver-based law firm providing services ranging from student immigration to family and business immigration law. For more information on the International Student Program or Canadian immigration law, book a consultation with Maynard Kischer Stojicevic immigration lawyers.

Sara Adel is a valuable member of the MKS law team as well as being a regular contributor to the BC Paralegal Association’s quarterly newsletter. The BCPA has been promoting professional development, education, and networking for paralegals and paralegal students since 1979.