In a recent development, citizenship and immigration, Canada has released the new rules which will be effective from June 1. These enhancements in Canada study plan for international students will facilitate more and more students and enable them to achieve new horizons.
The new regulations aim to deliver more towards improve services to genuine students, while protecting Canada’s international reputation for high-quality education and reducing the potential for fraud and misuse of the program.
About eight new regulations have been proposed, amongst which the change that will impact current international students the most is the ability to work off-campus with a valid study permit. The programme is supposed to start from this summer onwards, where international students don’t need to apply for a separate off-campus work permit to work 20 hours per week during the school year and full-time during breaks.
Calling it a positive change, incoming president of the STUSU Santiago Chavez, said, “In my experience as an international student, one comes to Canada to find a student culture for which coupling education with work is, in many cases, practically a given”.
“While universities like St. Thomas provide employment for many international students, there can be added benefits to looking outside of our own offices, such as the chance to be given more hours of work or the chance to take on jobs that suit their personal interests or their career prospects better than what they can find on campus.”
According to International student advisor, Marina Nedashkivska, applying for the off-campus work permit is a long and confusing process. Thus, many students tend to give up half way through, as sometimes the electronic system will not let them proceed with their applications and they could not invest a lot of time being on the phone with the government agents.
“Students have been spending a lot of unnecessary efforts, money and time to get the off campus work permit,” Nedashkivska said. “I think that their employability will be increased and the chances to get desirable jobs will become more real.”
Reacting on the same note, Sergio Guerrero, president of the St. Thomas University International Students Association, felt it to be a great beginning for the international students to pursue a working experience and the always-welcomed extra cash.
“Students have taken this with enthusiasm, as now they see a broader array of options to work, without the need to go through paperwork and a fee of $150,” Guerrero said.
Nedashkivska said this new regulation will attract more students to Canada.
“We will also be able to concentrate more on helping international students to find employment, teach them how to write a presentable resumé and work on the interview skills, instead of battling sometimes the confusing system.”
This measure will be a greeting note for international students in Canada to make them feel comfortable and take part in the local matters to be intertwined henceforth.
“Canada not only takes another step towards becoming one of the top study destinations of choice, but it gives its local workplaces access to possible contributions of innovation, global insights and the hard work characteristic of someone who is being given a unique chance.”