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.
On campus? Visit us in P102 Nelson Tenth Street Campus or 0-130 at the Castlegar Campus.
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): International Students (updated by IRCC) on the website:
Apply for study permit online
Travel exceptions and restrictions for international students
Working as a student
Important Notices from IRCC
COVID-19: Changes to biometrics requirement for in-Canada temporary residence applicants (announced in October 2020)
As a temporary measure, if you’re in Canada and applying to work, study or stay temporarily in Canada, you do not need to give your biometrics. Learn more about the exemption...
Important Reminders from IRCC on Key issues for International Students
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.
Post-secondary students changing schools
"If you change post-secondary schools, the school you plan to change to must also be a DLI. Please check the DLI list and confirm your new school is a DLI before you commit to changing schools.
You must tell us each time you change post-secondary schools. Changing the post-secondary school on your account is a free service.
You need to contact us if you:
If you change schools and don't tell IRCC. Your old school will report you as not being registered to study. If this happens:
you’re breaking the conditions of your study permit
you may be asked to leave the country
this may prevent you from coming to Canada in the future
For example, you may not be approved for another study or work permit in the future.
Changing your DLI if you’re outside Canada
If you change your DLI before coming to Canada and you don’t let us know, you won’t be allowed to board your flight.
If your application is still in progress
You can tell us you changed your DLI by submitting a new letter of acceptance using the IRCC web form.
If your application has been approved
If your application for a study permit has been approved and you change your DLI, you must submit a new study permit application with a new letter of acceptance.
You must also pay all the fees for the new application.
Study Permit Extension/Co-op/Work Term Work Permit Application Information
When to extend your study permit?
At least 30 days before your study permit expires: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/study...
If your permit expires but you keep meeting the requirements of your stay and you respect the conditions of your study permit, you may apply to restore your status as a student: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/study...
For extending your study permit or applying for your Co-op/work term work permit, you need to
Collect your enrolment letter from: firstname.lastname@example.org, (Please include your student number and when your current study permit expires in your email.)
Collect the work term work permit support letter from International Enrollment Officer at email@example.com. Collect the Co-op letter from Co-op Education & Employment Services (CEES): firstname.lastname@example.org if you are doing a Co-op job. (Note: For the programs such as Hospitality, Cooking, SROAM, ECCE, SSW etc. which need full-time practicum or field work, students should not request the letter from CEES for your work term work permit application. You should request the "Co-op letter" in your application checklist from email@example.com)
Order your official transcript on your student record: Click here
Click here for the link for extending your study permit
Click here for the checklist
Click here for the application form
Click here for co-op/work term permit application (There is no fee for the co-op/work term permit)
Click here for the link for renewing your Temporary Resident Visa
Submit your application online
Please follow this link
to help your spouse to get the visitor visa extension and open work permit.
Please follow this link
to help you/your children/spouse to apply for a visitor record.
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 & Work Issues after Final Exam and around PGWP 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org will issue this document)
Final Transcript - Click here to order your official transcript on your student record.
A student who has completed their program, and who was eligible to work off-campus during their studies, can begin working full-time if they submit their application for a postgraduation work permit (PGWP) while their study permit is still valid. Please consider to submit study permit extension application if your study permit expires before you can receive the Final transcript and letter of completion. You can request extension letter from email@example.com
Apply the PGWP online
If the study permit is about to expire when the student resumes their studies, the student must apply to extend their study permit in Canada, using the application to change conditions, extend your stay or remain in Canada as a student, before the expiry date.
Students who submit the “Application to Change Conditions, Extend My Stay or Remain in Canada As a Student” form [IMM 5709] before the expiry date of the previous study permit hold implied status [R183(6)].
Under implied status, study permit holders may continue their studies under the same conditions as their previous study permit if they applied to extend their stay in Canada as a student. However, if they applied to extend their stay as a visitor or worker, they may not pursue their studies when their current permit expires.
Work Issues after Final Exam and around PGWP application (Very important)
1) 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.
2) International students are allowed to do part time work offcampus up to 20 hours per week before they receive the completion letter and final transcript.
3) International students must stop working as soon as they receive confirmation from their college that they have met all the requirements for graduation.
4) a student who has completed their program, and who was eligible to work off-campus during their studies, can begin working full-time if they submit their application for a postgraduation work permit (PGWP) while their study permit is still valid.
5) If their PGWP application is refused, they must stop working immediately.
You can help your spouse to apply for open work permit if your job is NOC O, A, B.
How your PGWPP Eligibility is Affected by COVID-19 (updated on Feb.12, 2021)
Information from: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/coron...
If you’re inside Canada
You’re still eligible for the PGWP if
your in-person classes in Canada have been moved to an online-only format and you are taking your classes online because of COVID-19, or
you had to put your studies on hold, or study part-time, during the winter, spring or summer 2020 semesters because of COVID-19
As of the fall 2020 semester, you must be studying full-time to be eligible.
If you’re outside of Canada
If you can’t travel to Canada at this time and you’re taking your classes online, you’re still eligible for a PGWP.
To be eligible, you must
have been enrolled in a program that was in progress in March 2020, or
have started or will start a program between spring 2020 and fall 2021, and
you have a study permit, or
you’ve been approved for a study permit, or
you applied for a study permit before starting your study program
your study permit must eventually be approved
How much of your studies count toward a PGWP
You can complete 100% of your studies online from outside Canada.
All your time studying online outside Canada between spring 2020 and December 31, 2021, counts toward the length of a PGWP. This applies even if you’re completing 2 study programs.
If you’re completing 2 study programs, you can finish 100% of your studies online if the programs were ongoing or started between March 2020 and fall 2021, and
Time spent studying outside Canada after December 31, 2021, won’t count towards the length of a PGWP.
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. Please see: Selkirk College - College Course Load (smartcatalogiq.ca)
• 100% standard course load: 15 credits per semester.
• Full-time status: 9 credits, which is 60% of a 100% course load.
• Part-time status: less than 9 credits per semester.
Upgrading/SOAR students are considered full-time if they are enrolled in 2 courses, which is 60% of a standard course load.
• Disability status: 6 credits, which is 40% of a 100% course load. (Note: To be eligible for disability status, students must be registered and approved by Accessibility Services.)
A student who is interested in participating in a credit course but who does not wish to complete assignments, write examinations, or receive credit may enrol as an audit student provided space is available. Not all courses may be audited. Written permission to audit must be given by the instructor and School Chair.
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.'
You can work on-campus or off-campus as an international student if your study permit lists a condition that says you’re allowed to work on- or off-campus.
Scheduled summer break starts from the next day of the end date of Winter Semester in April, ends until the day before the start date of Fall semester. Returning students can take one or more courses during summer break. (Note: New students of UAS, Business and Hospitality programs with May intake need to take the full-time course load in order to work off-campus part time no more than 20 hours per week;otherwise, part-time students cannot work off-campus)
•Students can work off-campus without a work permit only if:
•Your are a full-time student at Selkirk College
•Your study program is minimum 6 months and leads to a degree, diploma or certificate
•Your study permit says you can work off-campus
•You have already started studying and you have a SIN (apply for SIN
•During regular school terms/ semesters you can work off-campus for up to 20 hours per week.
Exception: in your final semester you can study part-time and work off-campus for up to 20 hours per week if you do not need a full course load to graduate
•If you are on a scheduled break (i.e. reading break in Winter Semester or summer break) you can work full-time IF you are a full time student before and after the scheduled break
If it is the summer break before your last semester and you only get part time course load (less than 60% full time course load) in your last semester, you can work full time during the summer break before the last semester provided all other eligibility criteria are met.
How many hours count as full-time work
There is no set number of hours per week that counts as "full-time" work. However, your employer(s) must follow all provincial laws on overtime pay and time between shifts.
Co-op/Work term students who are doing the Co-op/Work term and going to take another job off-campus should check your Co-op/Work term work permit to see if there is no restriction on it to allow you to work for other employers. Then, the above work hours regulation applies to you as well. You can work off-campus at the same time when you are working on your Co-op/Work term job.
If the Co-op work term happens in Summer: If it is a Co-op work term for the program then it is part of the academic session and the student is limited to 20 hours per week off campus if the student has submitted the Co-op work permit application and is still waiting for it to be processed.
International student who holds a valid study permit and enrolled in a post-secondary program as a full-time student with Selkirk College, can work at the campus where you’re studying in most cases.
Please see work study position postings and policy from: https://selkirk.ca/cees/students
You must have a Social Insurance Number (SIN) for working on campus.
“Get a Social Insurance Number to work in Canada
The Social Insurance Number (SIN) is a 9 digit number that the Government of Canada gives you. With this number, you can work in Canada and get government benefits and services.
To apply for a SIN to work on campus, you must have 1 of these conditions printed on your study permit:
May accept employment on or off campus if meeting eligibility criteria as per R186(f), (v) or (w). Must cease working if no longer meeting these criteria.
This permit does not authorize the holder to engage in off campus employment in Canada. May accept employment only on campus if meeting eligibility criteria as per R186(f). Must cease working if no longer meeting these criteria.
If you’re eligible to work on campus, but we didn’t include either of these conditions on your study permit, you can ask to have them added. There’s no fee to add these conditions to your permit.
You’ll need to request an amendment to your study permit before you can apply for a SIN from Service Canada.”
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