You are responsible for maintaining your immigration status and obeying Canadian immigration regulations while studying in Canada.
Check your immigration documents (study permit, work permit and/or temporary resident visa) to make sure they are accurate and up to date. Know when they expire and plan to renew them at least 2-3 months before. A valid permit allows you to remain in Canada while you study. If you apply through an agent, they will help you through this process.
Important Notices from IRCC April 2020
Automatic biometrics extension
You now automatically have 90 days (instead of 30) from the date on your biometrics instruction letter (BIL) to give your biometrics.
You don’t have to contact us to get this extension and you don’t need a new BIL for a future appointment.
Your application won’t be refused or closed if you can’t give your biometrics during this period.
Please refer to IRCC Biometrics...
Essential service work not restricted to 20 hours
To help battle the COVID-19 outbreak, starting immediately, the government will remove the restriction that allows international students to work a maximum of 20 hours per week while classes are in session, provided they are working in an essential service or function:
such as health care
or the supply of food
or other critical goods
During the COVID-19 outbreak, workers in certain roles and industries have been under considerable pressure, and the government recognizes that international students who are already present in Canada will help meet the challenges of the pandemic.
For instance, thousands of international students are studying in health- and emergency service-related programs, including many who are nearly fully trained and ready to graduate. This temporary rule change provides health-care facilities with access to additional well-trained workers at a time when they are badly needed.
“Immigrants, temporary foreign workers and international students are making important contributions as frontline workers in health care and other essential service sectors. We know and value their efforts and sacrifices to keep Canadians healthy and ensure the delivery of critical goods and services.” – The Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, P.C., M.P., Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
International students and their employers should consult Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada’s Guidance on Essential Services and Functions in Canada During the COVID-19 Outbreak to determine if the work the student is doing would allow them to work more than 20 hours per week during the academic session.
This temporary rule change will be in place until August 31, 2020.
Important Reminders from IRCC on Key Immigration issues
For study permit holders...
Updating information about their designated learning institution (DLI)
International students must update IRCC each time they change post-secondary schools. Changing the post-secondary school in their IRCC account is free and can be done online.
When a student does not tell IRCC that they have changed their DLI, they are reported to IRCC by their previous school as not attending class.
This can lead to an investigation into failing to comply with their study permit conditions. It could ultimately result in the student being required to leave Canada.
Updating contact information
International students must keep their contact information up to date with IRCC. Students can change their residential address by using our web form.
Reminders on working in Canada while studying
Before their program begins
An international student whose study permit allows them to work on-campus, offcampus, or both can begin working in Canada when they start their study program.
They cannot work before their studies begin.
Working while they study
During regular school semesters, students who are allowed to work off-campus may work a maximum of 20 hours per week.
During scheduled breaks in the school year, such as during winter and summer holidays, they may work full-time.
There is no maximum number of hours eligible students may work on-campus.
Learn more about the conditions under which international students can work by visiting our website.
Completing their program and working
International students must stop working as soon as they receive confirmation from their DLI that they have met all the requirements for graduation.
However, a student who has completed their program, and who was eligible to work off-campus during their studies, can begin working full-time again if they submit their application for a post-graduation work permit (PGWP) while their study permit is still valid.
If their PGWP application is refused, they must stop working immediately.
Students should not apply for a PGWP to the Canada Border Services Agency at a port of entry.
As students who apply for a PGWP before their study permit expires are authorized to work while their PGWP application is in process, there should be no reason to apply for a PGWP at port of entry.
It is important that international students comply with the conditions of their study permit. Failing to comply with these conditions, including the rules around working on- and off-campus, can lead to enforcement action and affect the student’s future applications for immigration programs.
Study Permit/Work Permit Application Information
For extending your study permit or applying for your Co-op work permit, you need to
Collect your enrollment letter from Beth: email@example.com, (Please include your student number and when your current study permit expires in your email.)
Collect the Co-op letter from Jessica: firstname.lastname@example.org if you need a Co-op Letter.
Order your official transcript on your student record: Click here
It is not necessary to make a separate application for an extension of temporary resident visa when you apply for a work or study permit. The officer will issue all the necessary documentation with one application.
There is no fee for the Co-op Work permit application.
As of December 3, 2019, you need to give your fingerprints and photo (biometrics) if you’re applying within Canada as a
foreign worker (including extending your work permit)
international student (including extending your study permit)
visa-required visitor (including extending your stay)
You can go to one of the official locations to give your biometrics.
Click here for the link to check locations near you (You can find many locations in Metro Vancouver Region):
The closest designated Service Canada offices (SCOs) to Selkirk College is: Kelowna Service Canada Centre - Passport Services, address: Capri Centre, 1835 Gordon Drive, Suite 110, Kelowna, British Columbia
Find out how long it takes to process your visa/study permit extension application, etc:
A temporary resident must apply to extend their period of authorized stay before it ends. If they have done so, their period of authorized stay as a temporary resident is extended by law until a decision is made [R183(5)]. Such a person is considered to have implied status as a temporary resident during that period.
If a temporary resident applies for renewal of their work or study permit and their permit expires before a decision is made, paragraph 186(u) and section 189 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR) (the right to continue working or studying under the same conditions pending a determination of their application for renewal) apply only as long as the person remains in Canada.
Please refer IRCC Implied Status Extension
How to Amend or Correct a Study Permit
If you have a mistake on your study permit such as an incorrect spelling of your name OR if you were admitted to Selkirk College as an academic student (non-ELP) however your study permit has the words “This permit does not permit the holder to engage in off-campus employment in Canada” printed on it, you can apply to change the conditions of your study permit to include the employment authorization. You can request an amendment to your study permit. Please note: If you are an ELP student who has completed your ELP studies and have been admitted into an academic program but your study permit does not authorize work, you must apply for a new study permit.
To amend your study permit, you will need to request the following documents:
There is no application fee for this service.
Once you have filled out the application and collected all the supporting documents, please mail the application and supporting document to IRCC address stated in the Instruction Guide. IRCC will send you the amended study permit.
Post-Graduation Work Permit Application
Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) Application
You have up to 180 days after you receive confirmation from your school that you completed your study program to apply for a PGWP. This confirmation could be a degree, diploma, transcript or official letter from your school.
You need to get these documents first to apply for your PGWP application
Letter confirming completion of the program of study (Collect it from Jenny at email@example.com.)
Transcript - Click here to order your official transcript on your student record.
Post-Graduation Permanent Resident Application
If you are interested in becoming a permanent resident of Canada after graduation, please click the links below to check out these opportunities:
Full-time versus part-time studies
The definition of full-time or part-time varies depending on the educational institution. A study permit may be issued whether or not the student’s studies are on a full-time or part-time basis (i.e., the condition that study permit holders must actively pursue studies does not require them to be enrolled on a full-time basis), as long as they are enrolled at a designated learning institution. However, the student must have a full-time status in order to work on or off campus.
Read about 'Study permits: Other considerations.' Based on this federal regulation, Selkirk’s definition of a full time student is 60% of a full time course load. The number of courses will differ depending on the program as some programs such as Associate of Arts/Science have a 15-credit (5 course) full time load, while others such as Geographic Information Systems have a 19 or 25-credit full time load.
Students who complete a program of study by distance learning (from outside or inside Canada) are not eligible for PGWPP. Officers may use the following guidelines in their assessment of an applicant's PGWPP eligibility when the applicant has taken distance or online learning in Canada at a DLI:
when less than the majority of all the credits earned by the student toward the completionof a program of study were earned by completing online courses, a post-graduation work permit may be issued based on the length of the program as confirmed by the DLI, including credits earned from both in-class and online courses;
when the majority of the credits earned by the student toward the completion of a program of study were earned by completing online courses, the applicant is ineligible for the PGWPP, as the program may reasonably be considered a distance-learning program.
Learn about 'Study permits: Post-Graduation Work Permit Progam.' Based on this federal regulation, an international student may only take a maximum of 2 online courses in a semester if the full course load is 5 courses. If the course load is 4 courses, an international student may take only 1 online course. Total online course credits must be less than 50%.
Full-time students with a part-time course load in their final academic session
Students who have maintained full-time status for the duration of their program of study, and who only require a part-time course load in their final academic session in order to complete their program of study, may work off campus up to 20 hours per week during their final academic session.
Learn about 'Study permits: Off-campus work.'