Canada sets New Rules for International Students Immigration Program

In order to ensure that the International Students Immigration Program in Canada is put to proper use, some new rules were introduced which came into action from June 1, 2014. These changes where on one side improve access of students to Canadian study; they also focus to eliminate the fraudulent activities in the program.
Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR) require that foreign nationals applying for Canada for the purpose of study must fulfill a number of requirements. The main one being the sincerity and intent to study so that Canada becomes famous for its quality education provided to genuine students.
So, in order to achieve this goal, a number of changes have been brought about which include:

• Granting of study permits to only those students who have been accepted by designated learning institutions.
Every province and territory in Canada issued a list of designated institutions on June 1, 2014.During this process, post secondary institutions which could enroll international students were designated. According to the new rules, the students need to obtain a letter from these specific institutions to be able to attain study permit in the country.

• Taking keen in studies by students and actively pursuing their education.
This rule has been introduced to shut down fraudulent activities so that the reputation of Canadian studies is maintained in the world. This will need the students to effectively complete their study program. A check will be kept by immigration officers who may demand the enrollment and study status anytime. Also, the institution the student is enrolled in, will report to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) regarding the completion or withdrawal from the program.

• Enabling students studying full time to work part-time during the academic year and full time during vacations without the need of a work permit.
According to the changes which came into existence on June 1, 2014, all students studying full time will not require a work permit to work off-campus. Except for students studying full time English or French as a second language who are not permitted to work, all students can work up-to 20 hours a week during the normal academic year. Also, international students will not have to wait for 6 months before working as the need for a work permit has been abolished.

All these changes have come into practice from June 1, 2014 and with the belief of the Canadian government they will help in setting high standards for Canadian education and students.

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