The Reasonableness of a Proposed Program of Study

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One of the more common reasons for a study permit application to be refused is because a visa officer determines that an applicant’s proposed program of study in Canada is unreasonable given the applicant’s background.  The wording of such refusals varies, but it typically includes statements about how an individual could study in a similar … Read More

When Procedural Fairness Requires a Fairness Letter

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One of the most complicated topics in immigration law is determining when procedural fairness will require an immigration officer who is assessing an application to seek clarification in the form of a fairness letter or interview. As the Supreme Court of Canada noted in Baker v. Canada (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration) the the concept of procedural … Read More

Studying without a Study Permit

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Foreign nationals are required to obtain a study permit for engaging in academic, professional, vocational or other education or training that is more than six months in duration at a designated learning institution (“DLI“) in Canada. So what does this mean, and who doesn’t need a study permit? The  Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (the “Act“) provides that every … Read More

Off Campus Work

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Regulation 186(v) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations provides that a foreign national may work off campus if: (v) if they are the holder of a study permit and (i) they are a full-time student enrolled at a designated learning institution as defined in section 211.1, (ii) the program in which they are enrolled is a … Read More

Where to Apply for a Study Permit

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Regulation 215 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations states that: 215 (1) A foreign national may apply for a study permit after entering Canada if they (a) hold a study permit; (b) apply within the period beginning 90 days before the expiry of their authorization to engage in studies in Canada under subsection 30(2) of the … Read More

Actively Pursuing Studies

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Regulation 220.1(1) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations provides that the holder of a study permit in Canada (a) shall enroll at a designated learning institution and remain enrolled at a designated learning institution until they complete their studies and (b) shall actively pursue their course or program of study. Non-compliance with this requirement can, subject to … Read More

Applying for a Study Permit

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Generally, to be eligible for a study permit, a potential student must: present a letter of acceptance from the educational institution where she intends to study. This school must be a Designated Learning Institution; be able to both pay the tuition fees of the program as well as be able to financially support themselves and any … Read More

Biometric Requirements to Enter Canada

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On July 31, 2018 Canada is imposing new biometric requirements on individuals wishing to visit Canada. Biometrics refers to the taking of fingerprints and a photograph. Biometrics collection is being expanded to include all persons (with certain exemptions) applying for temporary or permanent residence, including all those applying for a temporary or permanent resident visa … Read More

Study Permit Regulations to be Overhauled June 1, 2014

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On February 12, 2014, the Government of Canada stated that it had made regulatory amendments to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (“IRPR”) which will take affect on June 1, 2014.  The changes will alter Canada’s international student landscape. The new rules are being introduced because the Government of Canada has been concerned that some educational institutions … Read More

Sign at Canadian Embassy in Beijing Shows Impact of PAFSO Strike

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A reader sent me a digital photograph of a sign allegedly posted at the Canadian Embassy in Beijing.  As the PAFSO job action continues, the implications for prospective international students is become quite serious.  I can’t even guess on how post-secondary institutions are preparing and mitigating.