On February 12th, 2014 Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) announced new rules for international students. The new regulations include the following changes:
- When applicants apply for Study Permits, they must actually be enrolled in a Canadian program and not just intend to pursue studies in Canada;
- A Study Permit will only be issued to applicants who are pursing studies at an educational instruction that has been designated to receive international students. The educational institutions to receive this designation will be determined by the provinces and territories in the coming months;
- Study Permits valid for 6 months or more will automatically allow a student to work off-campus for up to 20 hours per week during the academic session and full-time during school break without the need to apply for a separate Work Permit; and
- Only international students at secondary schools or designated institutions may apply for Co-Op Work Permits if the co-op placement is an integral part of their course of study.
For additional information regarding these new regulations affecting international students, please contact Green and Spiegel, LLP.