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Application form and instructions for renewing your study permit or for restoring your status to continue your studies in CanadaApplication form and instructions for renewing your study permit or for restoring your status to continue your studies in Canada
Work while/after you study
Information about work on campus, off campus, as part of a co-op/internship program or after you graduate
Information for educational institutions
Information about the International Student Program, policies and procedures, fraud and work and immigration opportunities for students
Changes to the Student Program
New requirements for students, postsecondary studies at Designated Learning Institutions (DLI) and working while studying, in effect since June 1, 2014
International Students in Canada – A Pathway to Gain Permanent Residency
The number of international students choosing to study in Canada has been on the rise since 2004. Many of those students have options for working during their studies or after they graduate, through the Off-Campus Work Permit Program and the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program.
Advantages to Employers Hiring a foreign student or a recent international graduate is extremely easy. Both the Off-Campus Work Permit and the Post-Graduation Work Permit are open work permits. This means that employers do not need to apply to Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) for authorization to hire a foreign national (i.e., a Labour Market Opinion). When employers hire an international student or a recent graduate, it is usually a young person who is forming the skills they will need to be successful in the long term.
Employers who take pride in the quality of training and mentor-ship they provide should find hiring foreign students very appealing. International students and graduates who are gaining experience in Canadian classrooms and workplaces are also an important source of future permanent economic immigrants. By studying and working in Canada, they are already well prepared for the Canadian labour market. During their studies, they may have learned about the latest developments in an employer’s field and bring that knowledge and know-how to the workplace.
With the Canadian Experience Class, the Federal Skilled Worker Program and the Provincial Nominee Program in place, international students or graduates have options if they wish to stay permanently in Canada. Employers may discover that by the time the international graduate employee has become a permanent resident, they have become a truly dedicated employee who will provide many years of service to the organization.
How These Programs Work
Foreign nationals studying full-time at participating publicly funded post-secondary institutions, or in certain programs at private post-secondary institutions, are eligible to apply for an Off-Campus Work.
Permit (OCWP) The OCWP allows foreign students to work for an employer off campus for up to 20 hours a week while class is in session, and full-time during scheduled breaks in the academic calendar.
Foreign nationals who have completed a program of at least eight months at a participating Canadian university or college may apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP). The PGWP allows international students who have completed their studies to work for an employer in Canada for up to three years, depending on how long their course of study was.
Facts and Figures – Why study in Canada?
• More than 354,000 international students entered Canada in 2015, an all-time record.
• New Rankings of National Higher Education Systems in 48 countries: Canada ranks No. 3rd
• Many international students choose Canada over other potential destinations, such as the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and France, because of certain advantages that come with studying in Canada. With quality and more affordable tuition at renowned universities and colleges in safe cities, and employment options both during and after the study period, the decision to study in Canada can be life changing.
• If you add to this list of reasons a clear pathway to permanent resident status and, eventually, Canadian citizenship, studying in Canada becomes an even more attractive proposition. Canada wants students because Canada is all about nation building. Young, intelligent newcomers who have proven they have the credentials and means to assimilate should play a significant role in that. Canada wants students to come here, study, contribute socially and economically, and stay permanently.
• The students are responsible to pay for their initial admission fee to the College depending on various colleges. This fee must be paid to the college before an admission application is submitted.
• Once we have arranged the Letter of Acceptance (LOA) from Canadian educational institute, we will start preparing application for study permit with Citizenship and Immigration Canada. The students will be responsible to pay the study permit government non-refundable fee.
• IELTS – Academic Test – minimum band score of 6.0 in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking for a Post-secondary program and 6.5 and higher for a Post-Graduate Certificate program is mandatory before an admission is applied for and obtained.
• The first semester fee of about is due and paid directly to the College after admission is granted and before a study permit application is submitted with CIC.
• In case the study permit application is refused by visa officer; the full first semester college fee paid is refundable directly to the student.