As of December 1, 2023, international students aspiring to pursue academic, professional, vocational, or other courses at a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) in Canada for a period exceeding six months are required to submit their study permit application using a newly introduced form.
The modifications in the application process bring forth crucial changes that all foreign nationals must be aware of to ensure a smooth application process.
New Requirements and Rules for Students
1. New Study Permit Application Form Required (IMM1294)
Effective December 1, 2023, all international students applying for a study permit in Canada must use the new version of the form (IMM1294).
This applies to both paper and online applications submitted through the IRCC secure account. Applications received on or after December 1st using the old form will not be accepted.
2. Maintaining Study Permit Requirements
You must adhere to the conditions of your study permit and update your online account profile regularly. Understand your permitted length of stay and the process for extending it if your program ends.
3. No Study Permit Required for Short Courses
Foreign nationals enrolled in courses or programs lasting six months or less are exempt from the study permit requirement.
4. Temporary Public Policy for Work-Study
Certain foreign nationals with valid work permits or pending renewals can work and study without a study permit until June 27, 2026.
5. On-Campus Work for Full-Time Students
Full-time post-secondary students can work on campus without a work permit. This authorization is valid for the duration of their study permit and full-time enrollment.
6. Off-Campus Work for Certain Students
Some students can work off-campus without a work permit:
- Full-time during scheduled breaks between academic sessions.
- Part-time (up to 20 hours per week) during regular academic sessions.
7. Changes in Work Permit Regulations
The existing regulations allowing foreign students to work unlimited hours in Canada are set to expire. From November 15, 2022, to December 31, 2023, international students were permitted to work more than 20 hours per week off campus while classes were in session.
However, the 20-hour workweek limit will not apply to students with off-campus employment authorization on their study permit until December 31, 2023, as per the new work permit regulations implemented in November 2022.
In conclusion, international students seeking to study in Canada face critical updates. Familiarize yourself with the new study permit application form (IMM1294), evolving work permit regulations, and program length requirements. Staying informed ensures a smooth and successful academic journey in Canada.