NEW IMMIGRATION RULES FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
FROM JUNE 1st 2014
Starting from this June 1st, are new rules that apply for international students in Canada. The main consequences of these new rules we can summarize in 3 points:
- To get a student visa, the student have to be accepted by a “designated learning institution”.
- Is not required any more a work permit (in or off campus) to work in Canada if the person hold a studding visa.
- 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
 Regulations Amending the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations SOR/2014-14 January 29, 2014 at http://gazette.gc.ca/rp-pr/p2/2014/2014-02-12/html/sor-dors14-eng.php.
 With information from http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/study/study-changes.asp