Montreal, Quebec (PRWEB) March 18, 2014
On February 12, 2014,Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) announced new regulations for international students, effective starting June 1, 2014. The changes make it more convenient for international students to work in Canada. They also reduce the potential for fraud and misuse of the study permit program. FWCanada believes that this is positive for the international student body as a whole.
CIC states that study permit holders who are pursuing an education of a minimum of six months at a designated Canadian institution will be allowed to work up to 20 hours per week off-campus during the academic season. They will also be allowed to work full-time during scheduled breaks under the new regulations, as compared to the past where they would need to acquire a separate work permit. International students will also be allowed to work full-time after graduation when they are waiting for a Post-Graduation Work Permit; they are not allowed to do so under the current state of the law.
"Canadian employers often demand Canadian work experience when they look for potential candidates to hire," said Marisa Feil, supervising attorney at FWCanada, a Montreal-based Canadian immigration law firm. "Since international students no longer need a work permit to work full-time during scheduled breaks from their academic pursuits under the new regulations, they enjoy equal opportunity as their Canadian peers to gain valuable work experience. This also helps them integrate more smoothly into the Canadian labour market."
Additionally, CIC states that, as opposed to the past where international students can choose to study at any public or private institutions to be eligible to acquire study permits, it is designating certain educational institutions for foreign nationals. Therefore, applicants for study permits must be enrolled in a designated educational institution, and their study permits become invalid after 90 days of graduation, as reported in the Ubyssey.
"Tuition for international students is generally very high. Designating certain institutions for international students give the government more power over to control of the quality of education provided to foreign nationals. That is how the government can ensure a high quality of education and reduce fraud and misuse of international education," said Feil.
Note that individuals who spend less than six months studying in Canada do not need a study permit, and study permit holders who are currently studying at a non-designated institution can complete their program, up to a maximum of three years, as stated in the CIC press release.
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