New Study Permit and Work Permit Updates for International Students in Canada
A new study permit application form is required for international students in Canada starting December 1, 2023. Work permit rules for students updated, with a temporary extension for off-campus work hours expiring December 31, 2023.
Are you an international student planning to study in Canada for more than six months? Take note! As of December 1, 2023, a new version of the study permit application form (IMM1294) is mandatory for all applications.
Study Permit Applications
A new version of the study permit application form (IMM1294) is now available and mandatory for all applications submitted on or after December 1, 2023. Applications must be submitted through the IRCC secure account using the new form.
Please note that applications submitted on or after December 1, 2023, using the old form will not be accepted.
Important Work Permit Updates
- Temporary public policy: Certain foreign nationals holding valid work permits or with pending renewal applications can work and study without a separate study permit from June 27, 2023, to June 27, 2026.
- On-campus work authorization: Full-time post-secondary students can work on campus without a work permit for the duration of their study permit.
- Off-campus work authorization: Certain students can work off-campus without a work permit.
- Full-time during scheduled breaks
- Part-time (up to 20 hours per week) during regular academic sessions
- Temporary extended work hours: The 20-hour workweek limit was temporarily suspended for off-campus work until December 31, 2023. This extension is no longer applicable.
It's crucial for international students to remember to fulfill their study permit requirements and update their online accounts regularly. If you intend to stay in Canada after your study program ends, research the options available to you.
Please note that foreign nationals who wish to enroll in a course or study program lasting no more than six months can enter or remain in Canada without a study permit.
Stay informed! Keep yourself updated on these and other regulations affecting international students in Canada.
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1. Can I work on campus without a work permit?
Full-time post-secondary students enjoy the benefit of working on campus without a work permit. This authorization lasts for the entire duration of your study permit and enrollment in full-time classes. The specific conditions of this authorization will be indicated on your study permit.
2. How long can I stay in Canada after my study program?
The validity of your study permit often allows you to remain in Canada for a specific period even after your program finishes. This duration will be stated on your study permit. If you wish to extend your stay, explore available options before your permit expires.
3. Do I need a study permit for a short program?
No, if your program duration is six months or less, you don't require a study permit. However, depending on your nationality, you may need a visitor visa or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to enter Canada.
4. What are the financial requirements for a study permit?
You must demonstrate sufficient financial resources to cover your tuition fees, living expenses, and travel costs during your studies in Canada. This typically involves providing proof of funds like bank statements or scholarships.
5. What documents do I need to apply for a study permit?
The required documents include your passport, proof of acceptance at a Designated Learning Institution (DLI), academic transcripts, proof of financial support, and evidence of English language proficiency. Specific requirements may vary depending on your situation.