New Immigration Rules for International Students by Carlos Vera


FROM JUNE 1st 2014


Starting from this June 1st, are new rules that apply for international students in Canada[1]. The main consequences of these new rules we can summarize in 3 points[2]:

  1. To get a student visa, the student have to be accepted by a “designated learning institution”.
  2. Is not required any more a work permit (in or off campus) to work in Canada if the person hold a studding visa.
  3. The student who hold a study permit must keep enrolled in his or her program of studies and ended in a reasonable frame of time, with a reasonable progress.

We could say that one of the most important changes in the rules for international students, is that all students who hold a valid visa to study in a designated institution are able to work immediately, and do not need to wait six months from the arrival date to Canada, as it used to be under the old rules.  In this way, all new comers to Canada, under a study permit, are able to work from his or her first day in Canada.

Also, the students who want to work off campus, do not need an “off campus work permit” any more, if the student met the criteria, is allow to work off campus just from the beginning of his or her studies, with a maximum of 20 hours per week, while is studying, and without limits on studies breaks.

The Federal government justify the changes in the base that they are trying to improve the immigration system and save money too. From these changes, the requirement that established that only can apply for a study permit the students accepted by an designated learning institution, is the most important in terms of the Government control about who is allowed to entry and stay in Canada, because all the provinces and territories must nominated and appointed the institutions that can be designated, and just the students accepted for these institutions can get a study permit. These change is necessary, according to the Federal Government, because some institutions, with no good reputation, are taking advantages from international students, whom use these institutions as a way to come and established in Canada with different purposes, and not really to study in Canada.

Is just a matter of time to see the results of these changes, and if they are positives to the Country and are helpful to the new comers to Canada as students, to integrate better to this society meanwhile they live here, and if there was a good decision from Federal Government make all these new rules.



By Carlos Vera



[1]  Regulations Amending the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations SOR/2014-14 January 29, 2014 at

[2] With information from

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6 Comments on "New Immigration Rules for International Students by Carlos Vera"

  1. Sajal Chowdhury | June 5, 2014 at 9:09 pm |

    New Immigration rules for international students are more favourable than previous rules

    By Paralegal student

    New rules for international students have published and it effected on June 1st, 2014. International students who enroll in any courses of Canadian institution for six months or less do not need a study permit. However, international students must require a valid visitor visa to enter into Canada.
    International students may apply for program of study to the Canadian institution and after examining all relevant documents submitted by the applicant, institution issues an offer of admission. To attend a Canadian institution as international students must require study permit by the Canadian Authority.
    New rules allow valid permit holder international students who are studying non-designated institutions are permitted to complete their course of study up to 3 years. After completion of study, an international student’s study permit becomes invalid after 90 days unless an international student holds a valid work permit or valid authorization to remain in Canada. However, the previous rule allowed foreign students to remain legally in Canada until the expiration of their study permit.
    Moreover, new rules allow visitor to apply for a study permit who are within Canada if they are at the pre-school, primary or secondary level, are on an academic exchange or a visiting student at a designated learning institution.

    By Sajal Chowdhury

  2. Inna Maister | June 6, 2014 at 11:31 am |

    However, students who came to Canada earlier cannot receive work permit automatically on the basis of their study permit. “Old” study permits do not include statement that confirms eligibility to work. So that, there is special procedure for international students of obtaining the above-mentioned confirmation.

  3. Deepika choudhary | June 6, 2014 at 4:54 pm |

    This favour by Canada government is highly appreciated by international students studying in Canada. Now,we do not require to wait for six months to complete in order to apply for Social Insurance Number.This favour by Canada government is highly appreciated by international students studying in Canada.Students now can apply for off campus work. Centennial college is also helping students in this process by providing information sessions on this new rule……
    Deepika Choudhary

  4. Lacey Appleton | June 7, 2014 at 10:28 am |

    Interesting new process. However my understanding is that international student’s tuition is 2-3 times higher than Canadian student tuition. Making it easier for international students to work in Canada is a good way to offset the cost of their higher tuition and living expenses.

  5. Harkirat Singh Kang | June 7, 2014 at 5:13 pm |

    This is a welcome step from the Canadian government. This is going to attract more international students and also as international students are source of revenue to government, it’s going to boost government economy. It’s also going to have some negative implications. With unemployment already increasing and further allowing international student’s to work from their first day in arrival is going to make tougher for the local people to find jobs. It will take some time for the results to come but the employer’s will surely be having a talent pool to select from.

  6. Ho Cheung Chan | June 8, 2014 at 9:27 pm |

    This is a welcome step to international students especially without the requirement to apply for a work permit. The workplace could benefit from absorption of international practices and engage in beneficial trade and knowledge transfer. Such policies may allow Canada to remain one of the foremost choices for international students. In return, cities like Toronto become an international metropolis with a slight increase in possibilities for trade and travel. I would certainly hope the Canadian government may advertise more of its current policies to help domestic students travel abroad to study or work. Such advertisement programs should attract many people looking to see the world abroad who would not know otherwise of such adventures.

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