On February 14, 2014, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) published new immigration regulations for international students. The changes are due to take effect June 1, 2014.
What is changing?
- You will be required to enroll, remain enrolled until completion of your studies, and actively pursue studies if you want to remain in Canada on a study permit. The June 1st changes will not require you to study full-time.
- Your study permit will become invalid 90 days after you complete your studies (even before your study permit expiry date) or on the expiry date of your study permit.
- CIC may request that you show you are complying with conditions of your study permit. This may be a random assessment or due to specific concerns about your case.
- If your study permit expires and you have not applied for a new one, you will be able to restore it only if you met the conditions of your study permit.
- People who do not comply with the conditions of their study permit may be asked to leave Canada and must not return for a year without written permission.
- If you originally attend UBC for one term only (e.g., exchange and visiting students), want to extend your studies and do not have a study permit, you will be able to apply for a study permit from within Canada.
- You will be able to work off campus (without a work permit) if you have a study permit AND are enrolled in a program of 6 months or more that leads to a UBC degree, diploma or certificate AND are enrolled as a full time student.
Note: Off-campus work permits will no longer be required and the six-month waiting period for off-campus work will be removed.
- Similar to the current regulations, if you are eligible to work off campus (see above), you will be able to:
- work off campus up to 20 hours per week during regular terms and full time during regular school breaks and
- work full time without a work permit if you completed your program of study and applied for a work permit before your study permit expired.
Other work options
- Co-op work permits will not change for UBC students.
- On-campus work permission will not change for UBC students.
Reporting to CIC
UBC will be required to report to CIC on your enrolment twice a year.
- Phone (when calling from within Canada): 1.888.242.2100
- Phone (when calling from outside of Canada): 613.944.4000
- General questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Technical questions: email@example.com
- Temporary Resident Visas (TRV) submitted from within Canada: CPP-CTP-OTTAWA-TRV-VRT@cic.gc.ca
Published on Monday, March 03, 2014.
Full details about these changes are located at http://students.ubc.ca/enrolment/courses-registration/course-registration/required-immigration-documents/CIC/changes