If you are a full-time international student with a valid study permit, your spouse or common-law partner may apply for a spousal open work permit. Yet, there are some restrictions to when a spousal open work permit can be issued to the spouse of a student.
So, what is the restrictions? Let’s see “eligibility” posted in the IRCC website!
Applicants must provide evidence that they are the spouse or common-law partner of a study permit holder who is a full-time student at either:
a public post-secondary institution, such as:
– a college, trade/technical school, university, CEGEP in Quebec;
– a private post-secondary institution that operates under the same rules and
regulations as a public post-secondary institution in Quebec;
– a private or public secondary or post-secondary institution (in Quebec) offering qualifying programs of 900 hours or longer leading to a diploma of vocational studies or an attestation of vocational specialization;
– a Canadian private institution authorized by provincial statute to confer degrees (for example, a bachelor’s degree, master’s or doctorate) but only if the student is enrolled in one of the programs of study leading to a degree, as authorized by the province and not in just any program of study offered by the private institution.
As you may have noticed, the spouses of many international students who are enrolled in private institutions are not eligible for a spousal open work permit.
A fantastic news from IRCC. The duration of “Open work permit pilot program” for permanent residence applicants in the spouse or common-law partner within/from Canada class has been extended to July 31, 2020. For more information, please visit IRCC latest announcement!
IRCC has updated the requirements for police certificates for permanent residence applications recently. Police certificates are now required for any country or territory, other than Canada, where the applicant has spent 6 months or more in a row within the last 10 years or since the age of 18.
Dear International Students
Please do not be a victim of a SCAM. IRCC wants international students to know that some international students have been scammed by individuals claiming to be employees of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) recently. For more information please visit the IRCC Website. https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/news/notices/scam-international-students.html
Hello international students!
I hope your fall semester is going well. I found a CBC News article about international students.
This article is rather depressing, especially when it notes “Most students are encouraged to seek help to combat stress, but international students who are burning out fear that asking for help may lead to deportation”. As a former public college staff / a licensed immigration consultant, I strongly advise students to contact their college or university counsellors if they feel they are burning out. Universities and colleges often have some professional counselors and some Regulated International Student Immigration Advisors (RISIAs). These professional people should be able to offer some help! Do not allow yourself to become isolated.
Good luck with your studies!
Hello, international students from Brazil, Bulgaria and Romania.
Starting from May 01, 2017, some of citizens form Brazil, Bulgaria and Romania are eligible to apply for eTA. instead of a visitor visa (TRV). But please note that Brazilians, Bulgarians and Romanians who are not eligible to apply for an eTA or who are traveling to Canada by car, bus, train or boat, including a cruise ship, will still need a visitor visa (TRV). For more information, please visit IRCC web site.
Dear International Students!
In the last few months, we have received many questions from international students about WHO is eligible for a Post Graduate Work Permit.
According to IRCC “Guide 5580 – Applying for a Work Permit – Student Guide“, international students may apply for a post-graduation work permit if they:
– have continuously studied full time in Canada (i.e., studies must have taken place at a Canadian educational institution) and have completed a program of study that is at least eight months in duration at:
a public post-secondary institution; or
a private post-secondary institution that operates under the same rules and regulations as a public institution, receives at least 50 percent of its financing for its overall operations from government*; or
a Canadian private institution authorized by provincial law to confer degrees, but only if you are enrolled in one of the programs of
study leading to a degree as authorized by the province and not in all programs of study offered by the private institution.
– have a valid study permit when you apply for the work permit; and
– have not previously been issued a work permit for post-graduation employment following any other course of study.
*currently, only private college-level educational institutions in Quebec fit that description
If you graduated (or graduating) from a private college, please ask your college whether your college is meeting the definition of “a private post-secondary institution that operates under the same rules and regulations as a public institution, receives at least 50 percent of its financing for its overall operations from government (currently, only private college-level educational institutions in Quebec fit that description)” or “a Canadian private institution authorized by provincial law to confer degrees, but only if you are enrolled in one of the programs of study leading to a degree as authorized by the province and not in all programs of study offered by the private institution”.