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Extending your Study Permit for Canada

Extending your Study Permit for Canada

Study Permit Extension

Are you currently an international student in Canada? Have you transferred to a program that might take longer to complete than what you have expected? Have you not completed your program requirements and you need an additional year to complete it, but your study permit will expire soon? There is a strong chance that you may have to extend your study permit in Canada. As an international student one of the most important things to keep in mind is the expiry date of your study permit. The expiration date is an indication of when Canada no longer allows you to study and when you should be preparing to leave or apply for an extension.

Immigration Canada allows you to stay inside of Canada an additional ninety days after your expiry date to prepare for your leave or to acquire time to apply for a study permit extension. If you are planning to apply for a study permit extension there are a few steps you need to take before attempting to apply for an extension. Continue reading this blog for more information on the process of a study permit extension.

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Steps to take to Study in Canada as an International Student

Steps to take to Study in Canada as an International Student

What is a Study Permit

Are you an international student and like to continue your studies in Canada but not sure how to start? If this is the case, then this blog is for you.

To be able to study in Canada you first need to apply at a designated learning institution and get the acceptance letter. Once you have received the acceptance letter you can then apply for a study permit.

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Tips for a Study Permit Application

Tips for a Study Permit Application

Study Permits

Do you want to have the opportunity to study in Canada? Are you unsure of the process and want to learn about it? If you have answered yes to any of these questions don't worry as many students get stuck at this point as well. Obtaining a study permit is a lengthy process with multiple requirements that an applicant must complete.


What is a study permit

A study permit is a physical document that the government of Canada issues which allows foreign nationals to partake in studies at designated learning institutions (DLI) within Canada. One important piece of information when dealing with study permits is that it isn’t a visa, and one should apply before one travels to Canada.

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Minor Children Can Study in Canada

Minor Children Can Study in Canada

Minor Children Can Study in Canada

How Can I apply for a Minor’s Study Permit

Many parents want to have their children have the best education possible. As you know, the Canadian educational system is highly respected worldwide, so this is why many children want to come to Canada to study. In order to legally study in Canada, most international students, including minor children, require a study permit. However, study permits are not easily approved. Don’t worry! If you are interested in applying for a minor’s study permit, then continue reading this blog for useful information!

What is a Minor’s Study Permit

A minor’s study permit allows minor children to study in Canada, as long as they abide to the conditions laid out by the permit itself. Similar to a regular study permit, a minor study permit allows a minor child to study in Canada at a designated learning institute for a specific period of time.

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Study Permit Q and A

Study Permit Q and A

Learn About Study Permits

There are many students worldwide who dream of the opportunity to study abroad, and many have an interest specifically in Canada. If you have been thinking about studying in Canada, then this article is for you! There are many things you need to know about the application process, and our other blogs about study permits can provide information on all the details of the application, though, there are also some very important questions individuals often ask, that we would like to address directly. So, allow us to begin.

Q: What are the First Steps in Preparing an Application

A: First and foremost, you must be accepted into a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) in Canada. You absolutely cannot apply for a study permit without one. Then, you’ll need to start preparing your application. You’ll need to prove to an immigration officer the opportunity to study in Canada is very advantageous to you, and that you are in a financial position which allows you to support yourself while you are in Canada, and pay for your return to your country of origin. Then, you’ll need to prove you have every intention of returning to your country of origin. You can do this by proving you have strong ties to your home country. Also, you must not be inadmissible for any reason, or, go through the relevant application process to become eligible to travel to Canada.

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Choosing Your Dream School in Canada

Choosing Your Dream School in Canada

How to Determine Which School is best for you in Canada

Canada is known for its extraordinary education system, and this is why so many foreign students dream of studying in Canada. When deciding to come to Canada to study, you should always consider several important factors before you apply for a study permit. For instance, you should make sure you choose the right educational institution for you and your preferences. In this blog, you will learn about how to find the right educational institution that best suits you, educational institutions you can choose from, and other important information.

Finding the Right Institution

In Canada, there are plenty of educational institutions for you to choose from. However, deciding which one will suit you the best can somewhat overwhelming, especially if you are coming to Canada as an international student. To begin, you need to decide which type of program interests you the most. For instance, you should determine if you would like to complete a degree, diploma or certificate. Another factor to consider is how that degree, diploma or certificate will affect your career or life in the long run

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How to Hire International Students

How to Hire International Students

Hiring International Students

Are you an employer who is thinking about hiring international students to broaden your company’s cultural diversity or to give international student the opportunity to thrive in Canada? You definitely have the option to do so. You, as an employer, may hire eligible international students while they study or after they graduate. In this blog, you will learn relevant information about the process of hiring international students, as well as the eligibility of the students.

Hiring Study Permit Holders

You may be able to hire students who are still completing their programs. In other words, students may work off campus without a work permit as soon as they begin their studies in Canada. Study permit holders may work for any eligible Canadian employer for up to 20 hours a week during the school year and during schedules breaks. The students need to meet the following requirements:

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The Importance of Language skills in Canada

The Importance of Language skills in Canada

Language is Important

If you are a foreign national who wishes to come to Canada to study, work, or settle, you may encounter situations where Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada requires you to meet the language requirements for either English or French, which are Canada’s two official languages. English is the most commonly spoken language in most provinces and territories. French is the main language spoken in Quebec and in some areas of Ontario, New Brunswick and Manitoba. That being said, the Canadian government offers all official federal government services, publications and documents in both English and French. In order to allow you to adjust to Canadian life, you must be proficient in either English or French to be able to effectively communicate with people. In this blog, you will learn about the importance of language skills, as well as some ways to improve your language skills.

What are the benefits of having language skills

Since English and French are Canada’s official languages, having skills for either language is very important to help you settle in Canada. You may choose to focus on learning or improving one or the other. This will likely depend on which of the two languages most people speak in the area where you live.

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Getting Your Study Permit via the Student Direct Stream

Getting Your Study Permit via the Student Direct Stream

Studying in Canada

As traveling becomes more convenient, many foreign nationals have considered about studying abroad. Canada is one of the most popular countries that attracts many foreign students to obtain a valid and prestigious educational credential. As a result, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada has announced the Student Direct Stream to support the growth in study permit applications. In this blog, you will learn about the Student Direct Stream and relevant information about how to apply for a study permit through this stream.

What is the Student Direct Stream

As previously mentioned, the Student Direct Stream is means by which applicants from certain countries can apply for a study permit. The major benefit of this stream is that, applicants may get a decision faster. The reason why this stream exists is that, Canada has acknowledged the cultural, economic, and social values that international students bring to Canada, and wishes to attract more international students to continue adding those values to the country. If students, who are from China, India, Vietnam, or the Philippines, can demonstrate upfront that they have the financial resources and language skills to succeed academically in Canada, they may apply for a study permit through the Student Direct Stream.

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Coming to Canada to Study

Coming to Canada to Study

Who Can Apply For a Canadian Study Permit

There are many prestigious universities in Canada. For example, University of Toronto, University of British Columbia, McGill University, and many more. If you are a foreign national who dreams of studying in Canada, you definitely have a chance to do so. The Canadian government knows it is the dream of many foreign nationals to experience Canada while studying within the Canadian system, and so they have allowed people who would like to come for this purpose to apply for a study permit. Throughout this article, you may gain an understanding for how to apply for a study permit.

Why Do I Have to Apply For a Study Permit

Often times, students need more than six months to complete school work. However, a visitor’s visa cannot allow you to stay in Canada for that long. To study for a period longer than 6 months, you can apply for a study permit and essentially ask the Canadian government for permission to stay in Canada longer than 6 months to pursue a program that interests you, and then return to your country of origin. If the officer believes you seek an extended stay in Canada to pursue studies and you guarantee you will leave once you complete your studies, you are likely to be granted a study permit and have the opportunity to experience the sights, culture, and educational system which are so highly respected worldwide.

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How Can I Work In Canada Without a Work Permit While Studying in Canada

How Can I Work In Canada Without a Work Permit While Studying in Canada

Working while Studying in Canada

You just received your study permit and are currently studying in Canada. Everything has happened according to your plan, but your desire to work in Canada is still pending. After studying in Canada, you start to have a desire to work in order to establish the feeling of independence and responsibility. Not only does having a job help satisfy those esteemed feelings, but also turns out to be a big help to you and your family, as the money earned can help pay for additional living, school, food, and transportation expenses. Are you someone who has the same desires to work in Canada? Are you an international student who’s study permit has just been approved and are now studying in Canada, but have a desire to work during your study period? Well, there is indeed a way for you to work in Canada, as we will discuss the basics of an off-campus work permit, the requirements and eligibilities for this permit, and the application process.

What is a study permit

Before applying for an off-campus work permit, one must obtain a study permit. A study permit is an official document allowing for the individual to work in Canada for a specified amount of time. To obtain such document, one will first need to meet the requirements needed, which are specified in our study permit blog found on our website listed below. Once you have received your own study permit and have settled into Canada to begin your designated program, you can now be eligible to work within the country using an off-campus work permit.

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Changing Sex on Immigration Documents

Changing Sex on Immigration Documents

Questions and Answers for Changing Sex on Immigration Documents

This article will address questions and answers for changing your sex on Immigration documents. This is intended for you to better understand what can ensue when you are changing your sex and are also in the process of applying for an Immigration application. If you feel unclear or confused as how to start the process of changing your sex on these immigration documents, this article will help answer some of those questions you may have. Additionally, this article is intended to clarify any misunderstanding or confusion with regards to any immigration matters regarding changing your sex on Immigration documents.

Is it necessary to advise Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) of my sex change

It is necessary to advise IRCC of your sex change only in certain circumstances. For instance, if you are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada, you do not need to notify IRCC of your sex change. For Canadian citizens, it is advisable to make sure that all of your government documents reflect this information. For permanent residents, if you have changed your sex, it can possibly result in delays if you travel. Specifically, if you intend on travelling by air in the future, it is very important that your permanent resident card and passport reflects your sex change; they must match. Furthermore, for temporary residents of Canada, such as visitors, students and workers, you must inform IRCC of your sex change. If any information has changed, specifically your sex changes, and it does not reflect on your permit or visa, then you must apply for a new one. Keep in mind, the sex on your visa or permit must match the sex on your foreign passport.

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International Students Working in Canada

International Students Working in Canada

Can I work in Canada as an International Student

As an international student you are able to work in Canada as long as you meet requirements set out by Citizenship and Immigration Canada. The international student can either work while they are studying or after they graduate. So once you have obtained your study permit, you may be eligible to either work on-campus or off-campus without having to apply for another work permit as long as you meet the specific criteria. If your program of study requires professional or vocational training such co-op or internship then you would need to apply for a work permit. Once you graduate from your program of study as the international student you may qualify for a Post-Graduation Work Permit.

Requirements for Off-Campus Employment

To be able to work off-campus as the international student you must

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Canada Biometrics Updates

Canada Biometrics Updates

Biometrics for Immigration

As you may know, a big part of Canadian immigration applications is the biometrics. Biometrics uniquely identify a person’s anatomical or physiological data. At your biometrics appointment, you will get your fingerprints and photos, taken, and you will sign your name for electronic capture. Biometrics collection is a mandatory process that all foreign nationals (excluding United States nationals) between the ages of 14 and 79 must undergo when they are applying, claiming or requesting temporary residence, permanent residence or refugee protection. If obtaining biometrics for your immigration purposes sounds daunting to you, do not worry! In this blog, you will learn relevant information about biometrics.

What Biometrics are Collected

When you are at your biometrics appointment, you will be obtaining your biographic data, 10 fingerprints, and a photograph. The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will also collect the information from your biometrics. You biographic data refer to your name, date of birth, and other personal details of yourself as listed on your passport data page or your travel document. Your fingerprints will be captured electronically during the biometrics collection session, using an electronic fingerprint-capture device. Lastly, you will provide your digital photograph. Please note, the photograph you provide must meet certain requirements listed on the CIC website. Some requirements include, facing the camera directly, keeping your expressions neutral, keeping your face clear, etc.

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Study Permit Application Process

Study Permit Application Process

Studying in Canada

Canada is well-known for its majestic sceneries and tourist hotspots. Not only that, Canada is a modern, progressive, open, and tolerant multi-cultural society with countless opportunities for you to advance your education. There are many prestigious universities in Canada. For example, University of Toronto, University of British Columbia, McGill University, and many more. If you are a foreign national who wishes to study in Canada, go ahead and pursue your dream! However, before you come to study in Canada, you will need to obtain an official authorization from the Canadian government: the study permit. This is why we have written this blog to help you understand what a study permit is and how to apply for one.

Understanding the Study Permit

A study permit allows you, as a foreign student, to stay in Canada longer than 6 months to pursue a program that interests you, and then return to your country of origin. Often times, students need more than six months to complete a program or school work. However, a visitor’s visa cannot allow you to stay in Canada for that long. In order to stay in Canada and study for a period longer than 6 months, you will then need to obtain a study permit. If the officer believes you seek an extended stay in Canada to pursue studies and you guarantee you will leave once you complete your studies, you are likely to be granted a study permit and have the opportunity to learn the official languages of Canada, English and French, and visit Canada’s wide-open spaces, dramatic mountains, pristine forests and majestic lakes.

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Information You Need to Know to Study in Canada

Information You Need to Know to Study in Canada

Why Canada

As you may know, Canadian is a country not only has majestic and extraordinary tourist hotspots, but also has countless opportunities for you to pursue or advance your education. Canadian universities consistently rank among the best in the world. For example, University of Toronto, University of British Columbia, and McGill University are all extremely prestigious universities. By studying in Canada, you will gain invaluable memories of your student years and a strong academic background.

Apart from the academics, Canada offers a wonderful, tolerant, and welcoming cross-cultural experience. English and French are two official languages of Canada. By living in Canada, you will gain the opportunity to learn these two languages and to foster a solid network of international connections to last a lifetime.

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Understanding Restoration of Status

Understanding Restoration of Status

Extend your Stay in Canada

Canada is a beautiful country with a superb education system, social welfare system, economic system, extraordinary sceneries for tourism, and many more. Often times, many foreign nationals who visit, work or study in Canada that often find that they want to stay longer in Canada towards the end of their authorized stay. One of the most common reasons is that they have not accomplished everything they intended on doing in Canada and need to extend their stay. If you wish to extend your stay in Canada, you will need to undergo the “restoration of status”. In this article, you will learn what restoration of temporary resident status means, the eligibility for a restoration of status, how to apply for a restoration of status, and other important information about restoration of status.

What is Restoration of Status

As a temporary visitor to Canada, you only have a designated period of time for your authorized stay in Canada. When the designated period is about to be over, you will need to either prepare for your leave, or to restore your status within 90 days of the expiry date of your Temporary Resident Visa. This process is known as restoration of status.

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Understanding a Minor’s Study Permit

Understanding a Minor’s Study Permit

How Can I apply for a Minor’s Study Permit?

The Canadian educational system is highly respected worldwide, so you are certainly giving your child a head start by sending them to school in Canada. That being said, many parents have chosen to let their children to study in Canada. Do you want to obtain your children’s education in Canada? If so, it is important for you to understand the requirements for obtaining a minor’s study permit. If you are unfamiliar with the process of applying for a study permit, continue to read this blog to learn important information you should know to help you get started.

What is a Minor’s Study Permit?

A minor’s study permit is a document which is issued to any child who wishes to study in Canada. Just like any study permit, a minor study permit allows a child to study in Canada at a designated institute in a designated program for a specific period of time.

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Q&As for Study Permits in Canada

Q&As for Study Permits in Canada

Questions and Answers for Study Permits in Canada

This article will be addressing popular questions and answers for study permits in Canada. There are many foreign nationals that would like to come to Canada to study in a variety of different fields. Therefore, in order for you to further understand what a study permit entails, this article will help. Specifically, a study permit has been created for foreign nationals who desire to reside in Canada temporarily to pursue an education. It was intended to provide foreign nationals with an opportunity to further their education and careers through a Canadian educational institution. If you believe you would be eligible to apply for a study permit in Canada, I suggest you read our article on “How to Obtain a Study Permit in Canada” before reading this question and answer article. This article is intended to clarify any misunderstanding or confusion with regards to a study permits in Canada.

Q: If I arrived in Canada as a Temporary Resident, how can I switch my status to a Student? Is this possible?

A: Technically, it is possible. However, in order to legally study in Canada, you must have legal status as a student. There are several different circumstances that do not require a study permit in order to study in Canada as a visitor. Yet, if you do not fall under any of those circumstances, you would have to apply for a study permit. When applying for the study permit, you may either apply online or apply in person or via mail to the Visa Application Centre in Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

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FAQs for Studying in Ontario

FAQs for Studying in Ontario

FAQ – Studying in Ontario

In this article, I will address a few popular questions and answers for individuals interesting in studying in Canada, specifically Ontario. There are many different factors that come across the mind of an international student before coming to Canada or Ontario, such as what programs are offered, what are the top colleges or universities in Ontario, and much more. In order to discover more about what Ontario offers to their international students, please continue reading this article. Essentially, the intention of this article is meant to clarify any questions or information you would like to know with regards to studying in Canada and specifically in Ontario

Q: How can I study in Ontario?

A: Any potential international student can study in Ontario by obtaining a study permit. In order to obtain a study permit, the student must also obtain an acceptance letter from a Designated Learning Institution (DLI). It is important to note that each educational institution has different admission requirements and application processes, therefore it is best for the international student to find out these requirements and processes prior to applying for a study permit.

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Work permits for Students Questions and Answers

Work permits for Students Questions and Answers

Questions and Answers for Work permits for Students

In this article, I will address questions and answers for work permits for students, as there are several different work permit options available. This question and answer article is intended for you to further understand what a work permit for a student entails. A work permit is intended for foreign nationals who wish to come to Canada to pursue a career or a job opportunity; in this case, work permits for students are job opportunities for students who are on a study permit initially. If you feel as though you would be eligible to apply for a work permit as a student, I suggest you read our article on “Post-Graduate Work Permit in Canada” and “On and Off Campus Work Permit Eligibility” before reading this question and answer article. This article is intended to clarify any misunderstanding or confusion with regards to a work permits for students.

Q: If I am an international student, am I allowed to work while studying?

A: This is a very important and common question to ask. If you meet specific criteria and also if it is indicated on your study permit that you are permitted to work while studying, then yes, you will be able to work while you study. Additionally, you may also be eligible to work in Canada while studying or even after you graduate. Being a study permit holder, if it is indicated on your study permit that you are allowed to work, you may either work on-campus or off-campus without an additional work permit. After you graduate from a designated learning institution, you may apply for a post-graduate work permit to continue working in Canada.

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What is Implied Status

What is Implied Status

Certain Circumstances that can lead to Implied Status

There are several different circumstances that can lead to implied status in Canada. Many individuals are unfamiliar with what implied status is or what it does. A specific circumstance that often results in implied status is when a foreign national has a permit or visa in Canada that is about to expire but they apply to extend their stay. When they extend their stay and are waiting for a decision to be made on their application, their status will be implied and they will be able to remain in Canada. For further information about implied status, I will explain, in this article, what implied status is, whether you can continue your authorized activities in Canada, and much more important information pertaining to implied status.

What is Implied Status

Implied status is defined as a foreign national being allowed to remain in Canada, even if their previous permit or visa has expired. This is permitted because they are awaiting the decision of a new application or an application to extend their stay. The foreign national, as well as any of their family members, may continue residing in Canada under the same conditions set out in their expired permit or visa until they receive a decision on their new application. The permits and visas that this often applies to are work permits, study permits and/or visitor visas.

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How to Find the Right Educational Institution for You

How to Find the Right Educational Institution for You

How to Determine Which School is best for you in Canada

When deciding to come to Canada to study, there are several important steps that must be done prior to applying for a study permit. For instance, you should make sure you choose the right educational institution for you and your preferences. This is one of the most important steps to ensure as if you are accepted as a student in Canada, you will have to spend most of your time there. Therefore, in this article, I will explain how to find the right educational institution that best suits you, the different educational institutions you can choose from, and other important information.

How to Find the Right Educational Institution

Luckily, Canada has several different educational institutions to choose from. However, it can be somewhat overwhelming, especially if you are intending to study in Canada as an international student. One of the first steps you should consider when looking for the right educational institution is the type of study program you would like to take. For instance, you should determine whether you would like to complete a degree, diploma or certificate. Another factor to consider is how that degree, diploma or certificate will enhance or change your career or life in the long run. Choosing a program is important for your short-term and your long-term goals.

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How to Study in Canada without a Study Permit

How to Study in Canada without a Study Permit

Certain Circumstances that will allow you to Study in Canada without a Study Permit

In order to study in Canada, foreign nationals must obtain a study permit in order to be authorized to study. However, there are certain circumstances that will allow you to study in Canada without first obtaining a study permit. This may seem like a very optimistic option for foreign nationals wishing to participate in Canadian education system without having to obtain a study permit. Therefore, in this article, I will explain what a study permit entails and which foreign nationals do not require a study permit in order to study in Canada.

What is a Study Permit

A study permit in Canada is intended to provide authorization to foreign nationals, who permanently reside outside of Canada, to study in Canada temporarily. A study permit is a requirement by the Canadian government for foreign nationals who are studying in Canada at a designated learning institution. However, not all foreign nationals who come to Canada to study require a study permit.

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Different Ways to Obtain Permanent Residency in Canada

Different Ways to Obtain Permanent Residency in Canada

Steps in Obtaining Permanent Residency in Canada

There are many students, workers and even visitors that come to Canada and eventually desire to stay in Canada permanently. However, this is easier said than done. Gaining permanent residency in Canada is not an easy endeavor. Yet, there are many ways to obtain permanent residency in Canada, if you are eligible. Much like any other immigration application process, in order to apply for permanent residency in Canada has eligibility requirements depending on which route you intend on taking to gain permanent residency. Therefore, in this article, I will address the different ways to obtain permanent residency in Canada and what each option entails.

Different Ways to Obtain Permanent Residency in Canada

Depending on the program or route you intend on taking in order to obtain permanent residency in Canada, it will require different eligibility criteria from you in order to qualify. It is extremely important to recognize whether you are eligible to apply under a specific program, prior to applying. Below, I will explain in detail each different way to obtain permanent residency in Canada.

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FAQs for Study Permits in Canada

FAQs for Study Permits in Canada

FAQ – Canadian Study Permits

In this article, I will address a few popular questions and answers for study permits in Canada and some important information to consider if you are applying for a study permit. A study permit is intended for foreign nationals who would like to come to Canada to pursue an education. It was intended to provide foreign nationals with an opportunity to further their education and careers through a Canadian educational institution. If you feel as though you would be eligible to apply for a study permit, I suggest you read our article on “Study Permit Eligibility” before reading this question and answer article. The intention of this article is meant to clarify any misunderstanding or confusion with regards to study permits in Canada.

Q: If I were to come to Canada to study, what would be the best university to go to?

A: It is beneficial to look at Macleans magazine as they rank the top universitites in Canada annually. They also separate the top universities based on the top comprehensive universities and the top Medical Doctoral universities in Canada. The difference between a comprehensive university and a Medical Doctoral university is quite noteworthy. A comprehensive university offers a significant degree of research and a variety of programs at both the undergraduate level and the graduate level, which includes professional degrees. In contrast, the Medical Doctoral university offers a diverse selection of Ph.D programs, which includes medical schools. Below is a chart for the top 10 Comprehensive universities and Medical Doctoral universities in Canada for the year of 2016.

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Questions on Completing an Immigration Application Form

Questions on Completing an Immigration Application Form

Questions on Immigration Application

Are you working on a temporary or permanent immigration application form and are stuck with some general questions you need answers too? This article will cover common question applicants have when completing their immigration application. Below will discuss:

  • How to complete your immigration application

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International Students Becoming Permanent Residents

International Students Becoming Permanent Residents

Applying for Permanent Residence as an International Student

As an International student in Canada, experiencing the Canadian education system and observing the Canadian culture, can definitely insight some interest in permanently residing in Canada. It has been revealed that more International students have been transitioning into permanent residents after graduating from their studies. In the 2017 to 2018 academic year, there has been an influx of international students migrating to Canada to pursue their educations; they attribute their coming to Canada based on Canada’s stable and welcoming environment for International students. Additionally, as these international students continue their studies in Canada, they choose to migrate permanently to Canada for the same reasons. In this article, I will explain why International Students are choosing Canada as their permanent residence and how permanent residence is achieved for International students.

How Many International Students are coming to Canada

Many International students find the idea of coming to Canada very enticing and are enthusiastic about starting their educational careers in Canada. Due to Canada being one of the top-ten study destinations worldwide, it does not come as a surprise that more International students will want to travel here. Specifically, within the years from 2008 to 2016, the amount of study permits that have been issued each year has more than doubled. For instance, in 2008, there was an amount of 128,411 study permits issued, in comparison with 2016, where the study permits issued increased to an astounding number of 267,780. However, there have been even more study permits issued that by the end of 2016 there were more than 414,000 study permits issued. Although, these numbers may be different from the actual international students residing in Canada – some study permit holders may not actually be physically present in Canada, and in addition, many international students study in Canada without a study permit. Therefore, this is a rough estimation.

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Steps on How to Hire International Students and Interns

How to Hire International Students and Interns

International students and interns are enthusiastic about job and career opportunities with prospect employers. Luckily, in Canada, both international students and interns can work for an employer while they are here on a study permit. Therefore, for employers, this creates an opportunity to hire employees on a part-time basis while they are in school and full-time when they are on break. There are certain steps that you must take in order to ultimately hire an international student and/or an intern. In this article, I will explain and outline the steps needed from the employer to hire an international student and/or an intern as well as the steps that the student and/or intern needs to take.

Who is Eligible to Work as an International Student?

There are requirements that the students must abide by before they go seeking employment opportunities. It is very important that the employer is well-aware of these requirements as well. As long as the student holds a valid study permit in Canada, they may be eligible to work while they study. This begins as soon as they arrive and begin their designated study period. The students that apply to work must work for any applicable Canadian employer for a maximum of 20 hours per week during the regular study period. Additionally, they may also work for the employer on a full-time basis as long as it is during their scheduled break. This can be extremely beneficial for the student as this allows them to receive a higher income and it also benefits the employer as they can have access to a full-time employee temporarily.

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Minor Child Studying in Canada

Minor Child Studying in Canada

Study Permit Requirements for Minor Child

Canada has an amazing education system that attracts many adults and minor international students from abroad to study in Canada. This articles focus will be on minor children looking to study in Canada and eligibility requirements they need to meet.

Who is considered a Minor Child?

A minor child in Canada is anyone not considered to be an adult. When one becomes an adult, they become a part of what is called “the age of majority”. The age of majority differs from province to province which can be either 18 or 19 year of age. Please refer to chart below what is considered age of majority in the province you decide to study. If the child is under the age of majority then he/she is considered a minor child.

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Minor Child Travelling to Canada

Minor Child Travelling to Canada

Minor Children entering Canada as a Visitor

If your child is under age of 18 he or she would be considered minor in most provinces or territories in Canada. Minor children have to follow the same rules just like any other visitors to Canada. When minors travel alone or with adults other than their parents they are more closely checked to ensure the child is not kidnapped or a missing person. To determine what documents you need to carry as minor child will vary when travelling alone or with someone. Continue reading below on what steps you need to take as minor child to travel to Canada.

Who is a minor child?

Depending which province or territory you will visit/study/work in Canada will determine if you are considered an adult. This is known as age of majority, if you are under age of majority you are considered a minor child. See chart for each province or territory in Canada to determine if you are considered an adult or minor.

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Documents required when studying in Canada

Documents required when studying in Canada

Canada Study Permit Requirements

Sorry to break it to you but it is not an easy process when applying for a Study Permit to be eligible to study in Canada. Along with the study permit application itself, the government of Canada requires you to include a proof of acceptance, proof of identity, proof of financial support and a letter of explanation. Now, you may be saying “I don’t know what half of these documents are or consist of!” If you do find yourself saying or thinking this (most people do), contacting Akrami and Associates is the way to go because we will take you step-by-step in completing these applications and helping you complete each one successfully.

One of the main reasons most government applications get denied and returned to the applicants is because usually the applicant forgets to include a document, which is absolutely crucial to the application process because it gives the immigration officers a chance to doubt your application and once an immigration officer begins to doubt your application, they don’t think twice about your application and rejects it. However, we do not want that happening to our clients, at Akrami & Associates we have many years of knowledge and experience so when you hire us you can ensure the best possible outcome of your case due to our detail oriented staff and representatives.

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How Can I Apply for Canadian Study Permit

How Can I Apply for Canadian Study Permit

Obtaining a Study Permit for Canada

A study permit is issued by the Canadian Government to individuals who wish to attend a post-secondary institution of learning in Canada. Suppose you want to attend the reputable University of Toronto in Ontario but do not have the means to study in Canada. You will require authorization from the Canadian Government if you are an international student (do not hold Canadian citizenship or Permanent Residency). The authorization to study in a post-secondary institution in Canada is obtained by applying for a Study Permit which will allow you to sit in course/program at any participating Designated Learning Institution that you have been accepted for.

Importance of Acceptance Letter when Applying for Study Permit

The first process of obtaining a study permit is acquiring an acceptance letter from the place of education, formally addressed as a designated learning institution. This can usually be done through websites of the respective institutions and often feature a wide range of academic and other requirements which the applicant must meet in order to get accepted into the university, college, or institution.

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How can I get a Study Permit for Canada as an International Student

How can I get a Study Permit for Canada as an International Student

CanadianStudy Permit for International students

According to statistics, the number of international students in Canada is well over 300,000, a figure that is constantly growing. The individuals who want to study in Canada or enhance their credentials as a professional prefer to come and study in Canada. For them to be able to study they require a study permit which enables them to certain benefits along with study opportunities in Canada.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada issues a document called study permit allows a foreign individual to study in Canada for a specific amount of time. Most international students require a Study Permit to study in Canada.

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Do I have to apply for a Study Permit in Canada

Do I have to apply for a Study Permit in Canada

Do I need a Study Permit in Canada?

That depends on your situation. Over the last few years, Citizenship and Immigration Canada has made a number of changes to regulations for study permits. Many of these new rules were implemented on June 1, 2014. The main reason the Canadian federal government continues to make changes to the study permit program is to eliminate fraud. Unfortunately, many private academic institutions were set up in the past to function as “visa mills.” This type of academy would often take tuition money from international students without actually providing any sort of quality education. The new regulations introduced for study permits aim to eliminate “visa mill” type schools and ensure that international students receive high-quality education while in Canada.

The changes to the International Student Program will be outlined below:

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How to get a Canadian Study Permit and meeting Study Permit Application Requirements

How to get a Canadian Study Permit and meeting Study Permit Application Requirements

Study Permits for Canadians

Every year, millions of people from around the world visit Canada every year. There are many reasons why they visit Canada. They visit to see our beautiful scenery and landscape, visit their loved ones, or study in one of the best educational systems in the world. If you are looking to take advantage of Canada’s excellent education system, you may require the study permit which will be discussed further below.

What is the study permit?

The Canadian study permit is a permit that allows an international student to temporarily immigrate to Canada to study in a post-secondary institution.

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Student Class and Study Permit

Student Class and Study Permit

Can I Obtain Permanent Residency in Canada while on Study Permit?

Canadian educational institutions are filled with international students. The reason being that studying in Canada attracts the possibility of future permanent residence.

Foreign students are a prescribed class of persons who may obtain temporary resident status and who have been issued study permits or who are authorized by the IRP Regulations to study.

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How to get a study permit

How to get a study permit

Study Permit Eligibility

Before applying for a student permit you must check you eligibility first. To be eligible to study in Canada:

· You have to be accepted by a designated learning institute in Canada.

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Can an individual work while studying in Canada?

Can an individual work while studying in Canada?

What is a Study Permit?

A study permit is simply a document that allows an individual to study in Canada. This permit must be obtained by anyone who is not a permanent resident or citizen of Canada, but wishes to study in Canada. Canadian study permits do not allow entry to Canada at a port-of-entry. If the applicant is not from a visa-exempt country, he/she must also obtain a Temporary Resident Visa in order to legally enter and be in Canada during the duration of their study period. Before applying for a study permit, an individual must ensure that they have obtained a formal letter of acceptance from Canadian college, university, or some other accredited educational institution. If a letter of acceptance is not obtained, the individual will not be issued a study permit. Also, an individual applying for a study permit must understand that at the end of their study period, he/she is expected to leave Canada. When obtaining the study permit it is a requirement to show an individual’s intention of leaving when the study period ends.

Working while studying:

In the past, in order to work and study in Canada, individuals needed permits for each thing. A study permit to study in Canada and a work permit that authorizes an individual to work legally within Canada. Now, as long as an individual has a study permit, they are legally allowed to work part-time in Canada. In order for this to apply, the individual must be enrolled in full-time studies. Part-time consists of a maximum of 20 hours per week. However, during scheduled breaks the individual is entitled to work full-time (40 hours a week) without obtaining a work permit. This authorization for work in is called an Off-Campus Work Permit. It is only available for full-time students with valid work permits in Canada. You can also obtain a On Campus Work Permit.

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How do I obtain a study permit for Canada?

How do I obtain a study permit for Canada?

If you are interested in studying in Canada, you have to know whether you are eligible for study permit or not. If you are eligible to study in Canada, you have to aware how you can obtain a study permit. In order to obtain a study permit, you have to have the following:

  • Proof of Acceptance
  • Proof of Identity
  • Proof of Financial Support
  • Letter of Explanation

Proof of Acceptance:

If you want to come to Canada as a student, you need an acceptance letter from that college, school, and university where you are planning to study. Once you have received acceptance letter, you have to submit that original letter with your study permit application.

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Study Permit Documents Needed

Study Permit Documents Needed

If you have been accepted inta Canadian post-secondary institution or you wish tobtain an education in Canada, chances are you will need a study permit.

In order tobtain a study permit, you will need tprovide the right supporting documents and as well as convince an immigration officer of your temporary study intentions.

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What Is A Study Permit?

What Is A Study Permit?

The study permit application process is used when you are not classed as a Canadian Citizen or a Permanent Resident, but want to attend school temporarily in Canada. There are many different requirements and considerations that you will have to meet in order to be accepted for a Study Permit. A Study Permit is not required if you plan to finish the program within 6 months.

In order for all the forms and documents to be accepted it is very important that you fill out and sign all of them yourself, unless you are under the age of 18 and in that case your parent or legal guardian will have to. If you are bringing family along with you they will have to appropriately fill out their documents as well.

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How Do I Obtain A Study Permit For Canada?

How Do I Obtain A Study Permit For Canada?

You will need a Study Permit in order to legally attend an educational institution in Canada. In order to obtain a study permit, you require:

  • Proof of Acceptance
  • Proof of Identity
  • Proof of Financial Support
  • Letter of Explanation

Proof of Acceptance

If you want to come to Canada as a student, you need an acceptance letter from that college, school, or university where you are planning to study. You need to submit that original letter with your study permit application.

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Do I qualify for Study Permit?

Do I qualify for Study Permit?

If you are interested in studying in Canada, you need you know whether you are eligible or not before you apply for Study Permit. There are few requirements for Study Permit and you have to qualify for those requirements in order to obtain Study Permit. Those are:

  • You have to have an acceptance letter from designated learning institution from Canada. Without an acceptance letter you cannot even apply for Study Permit.
  • You also have to prove that you have enough money to pay your tuition fees, living expenses for yourself and any family member who come with you to Canada.
  • Return transportation for yourself and any family member who come with you to Canada
  • You are not inadmissible. You have no criminal record which can lead to security issues. You may have to provide a police certificate as a prove which shows that you have no criminal record.
  • You must be in good health state. You may also need to provide medical examination
  • You also have to satisfy an immigration officer that you will leave Canada at the end of your authorized period of stay

Exception:

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What Is A Study Permit?

What Is A Study Permit?

A study permit is a document that gives you permission to start or continue studies in Canada. You can come to Canada to study at a primary or secondary school which goes up to grade 12. You can also come to study at a college or university. As an international student enrolled in a designated learning institution you will be allowed to work part-time during school and full-time during school breaks without a work permit.

What Do I Need To Study In Canada?

  • You need to have a letter of acceptance from the designated learning institution
  • Proof that you have enough money to pay for:
  • - Tuition fees,
  • - Living expenses for yourself and family member who comes with you, and
  • - Transportation for yourself and family member who comes with you.
  • You need to be a law abiding citizen with no criminal records and not be a risk to the security of Canada
  • You need be in good health and be willing to complete medical exam
  • You need to prove to an immigration officer that you will leave Canada at the end of your stay.

If you do not properly attain what is listed above your application may not be approved.

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New Rules to the Post Graduate Work Permit

New Rules to the Post Graduate Work Permit

What is a Post Graduate Work Permit?

A post graduate work permit is just the same as any other work permit. However, it is only given to students who have studied in Canada for at least 8 months. Through this program students are offered a chance to gain some work experience relating to their studies for up to 3 years. The post graduate work permit cannot be valid for longer than the students study period. Obtaining a post graduate work permit is extremely helpful because down the road the student may be eligible to apply for permanent residence through the Canadian Experience Class program.

Who is eligible?

In order to be eligible to apply for the post graduate work permit, you must have studied full-time in Canada and completed a program of study that lasted a minimum of eight months. The school that you have completed must be one of the following: public post-secondary institution (e.g. college, university, trades/technical school), a private post-secondary institution that operates under the same rules and regulations as a public institution, a private or public post-secondary institution (in Quebec) offering qualifying programs of 900 hours or longer leading to a diplôme d’études professionnelles (DEP) or an attestation de spécialisation professionnelle (ASP), or a Canadian private institution authorized by provincial statute to confer degrees. You must apply for a work permit within 90 days of receiving a written confirmation (e.g. transcript) for your school stating that you have met the requirements for completing your program. You must have completed and passed your program and received a notification stating that you may obtain your certificate, diploma, or degree. Your study permit must be valid when applying for the work permit. You may be eligible to apply for a post graduate work permit if you have graduated from a vocational or professional training program at a private of public post secondary institution in Quebec, regulated by the Ministère de l'Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport. In order to qualify on this basis students must be 18 years old or older, have completed a full-time program that lasted 900 hours or more, and provide a supporting letter from your institution outlining the duration of your studies and the program code. All other requirements are the same as the previous ones.

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Can I work off-campus with a study permit?

Can I work off-campus with a study permit?

This is one of the most common questions we get, and the simple answer to this question is, yes. Nonetheless, there are certain requirements you need to fulfill in order to qualify

  • Firstly, you would be required to have a valid study permit.

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Study Permit – Proof of Financial Support

Study Permit – Proof of Financial Support

While gathering documents to satisfy the requirements of a study permit such as, an acceptance letter from the school you will attend and proof of your identity, you may wonder what documentary evidence you need to provide in order to prove your financial stability.

Many questions that have been brought up regarding the “proof of financial support” requirement is, how long do I have to maintain my bank account at the minimum amount? Can the amount I have be loans from friends and family? And what other documents can I provide to make my case stronger?

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Study Permit – Importance of Acceptance Letter

Study Permit – Importance of Acceptance Letter

Study Permit – Importance of Acceptance Letter

If you wish to study in Canada, there are a few documents that you must provide in order for your application to be successful. Some of these documents include,

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Study Permits Requirements

Study Permits Requirements

So you wish to enroll in a Canadian school. You might be wondering what you need to do in order to legally study in Canada. If you wish to study for a period longer than six months, a study permit will be required.

There are three crucial documents you must submit with your application in order to successfully obtain your Study Permit. The three documents are,

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On Canadian Study Permit Can I Work?

On Canadian Study Permit Can I Work?

There are many rules regarding work while you are on a Study Permit. Depending upon your situation, a work permit may, or may not, be required of you. There are four circumstances that may be applicable to your situation

The first is if you wish to work on campus. So you have your study permit and you are enrolled in a post-secondary institution, what can you do? You may work at the school you are enrolled in if you are a full-time college or university student and you have a valid work permit.

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