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Common Questions about Working in Canada Temporarily

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Common Questions about Working in Canada Temporarily 

There are many reasons individuals have a wish to come to Canada and enter the Canadian labor market. Though, because there are so many reasons to want to work in Canada, many, many people are signing up to do so. With all the interest in working in Canada, the Canadian government has several programs which individuals can apply to, essentially, to allow individuals to apply to work in Canada in the sector which most suits their knowledge, skills and work experience. Overall though, this has resulted in a large and confusing cluster of ways in which individuals can obtain work permits in Canada, ultimately making it much more difficult for individuals to understand how to get started on applying to work temporarily in Canada. This article will therefore serve the purpose of helping answer some questions individuals commonly have about temporary work permits, and how they may obtain one.

What is an LMIA? Do I Have to Apply for one?

The short answer is, you probably will need to apply for an LMIA, otherwise known as a labor market impact assessment. Essentially, this is an application for permission for the Canadian employer the foreign national intends to work for, to be able to fire a foreign worker temporarily. The Canadian government wants to avoid temporary workers coming to Canada, and taking positions away from Canadians who need work. Therefore, the LMIA assesses what the impact of hiring a temporary foreign worker would be. Ultimately, a positive LMIA is an endorsement by the Canadian government for the employer to hire a temporary foreign worker. To learn more about LMIA’s, follow the link provided. They can essentially be treated as an application all in themselves, so there is more to know about LMIA’s than can be covered here.

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How to Restore your Status in Canada

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What is “Restoration of Status?”

Restoration of status is a fancy term for the process an individual who wishes to change or extend the terms of their temporary stay in Canada, necessarily goes through. As a temporary visitor to Canada, you only have legal status in Canada to stay for a designated period of time, therefore, if you decide you would like to stay longer to study or work, you must apply to extend your permit before the permit expires. If you fail to apply for a new permit before yours expires, you will not be on implied status, and rather, you will now have to apply for a restoration of status. A restoration of status is needed by any individual who allows their permit to expire before submitting a new application, but still would like to remain in Canada. If this is the case for you, I will be breaking down how to go about applying to restore your status in Canada, and successfully obtain a new valid temporary permit which will allow you to remain in Canada.

Who Needs to Apply for Restoration of Status?

The most important criteria to meet before applying for a restoration of status, to ensure you are even required to restore your status, is that you have allowed your temporary visa allowing you to be in Canada, to expire. Similar to this, you could also find yourself eligible to apply for restoration of status as the result of failing to abide by the conditions of your work or study permit. Specifically, you must have violated the condition to only work for the employer listed on your work permit, or, because you changed your program of study or educational institute from the one which is listed as a condition on your study permit. If you do either of these things and consequently have your study permit revoked, you can apply to restore your status on the new conditions of your permit. Though, it is important you did not violate any other conditions of your temporary permit. Next, it is equally important this permit has expired less than 90 days before you submit your application to restore your status. If it has been longer than 90 days, you are unfortunately ineligible. Finally, as mentioned, you must have complied well with the conditions on the original permit. Failure to have done so would also result in having your application to restore your status refused.

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Obtain A Study Permit for A Minor Child

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Bring Your Children to Study in Canada

Canada’s schools system is often spoken about worldwide, and is widely respected for being a world-renowned education system. This is why many students come to Canada from all over the world to pursue their post-secondary education. Though, post-secondary students are not the only ones who can benefit from Canada’s education system. In fact, the Canadian government has lower eligibility requirements for minors to be able to come and study in Canada. Throughout this article, I will explain what it takes, to allow your child to be eligible to study in Canada.

What is a Minor to the Canadian Government?

First and foremost, it is important to be aware that these alternative requirements to study in Canada are only applicable to individuals who would legally be minors in Canada. This is different than being a “dependent” in the eyes of the Canadian government, and for the purposes if immigration. A minor is an individual who is under the “age of majority.” This fluctuates depending on which province you are in.

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The Process of Coming to Study in Canada

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Prepare to Study in Canada

If you have been considering completing all or a portion of your studies in Canada, it is never too early to start preparing to apply for a study permit. It can take a remarkably long time to prepare an application. Then, on top of this, it takes even longer for the application to be processed and a decision be given to the applicant. Throughout this article, we will aim to provide a comprehensive article, which details all the things one must think of, to prepare to study in Canada.

1. Find out Whether You Come from a Visa-Exempt, or a Non-Visa Exempt Country.

This will determine whether you only need to apply for an electronic travel authorization (eTA), or, if you need to apply for a temporary resident visa (TRV), along with your study permit.

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FAQs About Study Permits

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Learn About Study Permits! 

There are many students worldwide who dream of the opportunity to study abroad, and many have an interest specifically in Canada. If you have been thinking about studying in Canada, then this article is for you! There are many things you need to know about the application process, and our other blogs about study permits can provide information on all the details of the application, though, there are also some very important questions individuals often ask, that we would like to address directly. So, allow us to begin.

Q: What are the First Steps in Preparing an Application?

A: First and foremost, you must be accepted into a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) in Canada. You absolutely cannot apply for a study permit without one. Then, you’ll need to start preparing your application. You’ll need to prove to an immigration officer the opportunity to study in Canada is very advantageous to you, and that you are in a financial position which allows you to support yourself while you are in Canada, and pay for your return to your country of origin. Then, you’ll need to prove you have every intention of returning to your country of origin. You can do this by proving you have strong ties to your home country. Also, you must not be inadmissible for any reason, or, go through the relevant application process to become eligible to travel to Canada.

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Apply for a Post-Graduate Work Permit

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Applying For a Post-Graduate Work Permit

Are you an international post-graduate student who has recently graduated from a Canadian designated learning institution (DLI)? If you are a foreign national who attended a Canadian college or university (DLI), you are likely considering what your next steps are. Perhaps you don’t want to return to your country of origin quite yet, because you would prefer to gain some work experience in Canada first. If this is the case for you, there is good news. The Canadian government recognizes many international students would love to continue to experience the Canadian workforce; after all, they just finished studying at a Canadian institution for quite some time. Therefore, they have given the post-graduate work permit program (PGWP), which specifically allows international post-graduate students who have finished studies in Canada, to apply for an open work permit. This blog aims to tell you all you need to know about applying for a PWGP, and what it means to have an open work permit in Canada.

What is an Open Work Permit?

Having an open work permit means an individual is permitted to work for any employer in Canada, who is not listed as an “ineligible employer.” On a PGWP the maximum length of time you will be permitted to work in Canada is 3 years, depending on your program of study. To be clear, the length of time your PGWP will be valid is dependent on how long your study program is. For example, if your program of study was 1 year long, you will only be granted a PGWP for 1 year. Furthermore, if your program of study was 4 years, you will be granted a 3 year PGWP, as this is the maximum length of time a PGWP can possibly be granted.

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Questions and Answers Regarding Study Permits in Canada

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Questions and Answers for Study Permits

In this article, I will address popular questions and answers for study permits in Canada, as there are several different circumstances that can arise for students. Additionally, this will also assist you in understanding what a study permit entails. A study permit is an official document intended for foreign nationals to permit them entry into Canada to pursue an education. It was created to give foreign nationals an opportunity to further their higher education and future careers through a recognized Canadian educational institution. If you feel as though you would be eligible to apply for a study permit, I suggest you read our article on “How to Apply for a Study Permit” before reading this question and answer article. This article is intended to clarify any misunderstanding or confusion with regards to study permits in Canada.

Q: I would like to pursue studies for less than six months in Canada. Am I required to obtain a study permit?

A: No, you are not required to obtain a study permit in Canada if you are planning on studying for less than six months. In other words, you do not have to obtain a study permit and you can study in Canada so long as your program or course is less than six months and you will complete the program or course within the authorized stay period in Canada. Keep in mind, even if you are studying for less than six months, it is best to apply for a study permit, in case you are unable to complete the intended course or program or if you choose to want to study longer.

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How to Apply for a Study Permit

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Steps on How to Apply for a Study Permit in Canada

There are many individuals from all over the globe that would love the opportunity to travel to Canada to study and experience the Canadian way of life. However, many of these individuals do not realize the requirements needed in order to study in Canada. First and foremost, you must obtain a study permit in order to study in Canada for over 6 months. In order to better prepare yourself for what to expect when applying for a study permit, in this article I will explain in detail the eligibility requirements for a study permit and how to apply for a study permit in order to study in Canada.

What is a Study Permit

As per the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) definition, a study permit is an official document issued by CIC that authorizes foreign national students to study at a recognized educational institution in Canada for the duration of the intended program of study. Furthermore, it indicates the conditions for each student including whether their travel in Canada is restricted and/or when they must leave Canada.

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Extend your Stay in Canada

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How to Extend your Stay in Canada

There are many visitors, students and workers that are foreign nationals in Canada. While on these visas/permits, these individuals must leave Canada at the end of their authorized stay. However, there are circumstances where these foreign nationals desire to stay longer in Canada. The reasons for staying longer can range from longer employment periods to just exploring more of what the country has to offer. Therefore, in this article, I will explain how to extend your stay in Canada.

When to Extend your Stay

In order to extend your stay in Canada, regardless of your status within Canada, you must apply to do so accordingly. It is extremely important to check the expiry date on your visa or permit before applying to extend your stay in Canada. Specifically for study and work permits, this will be indicated on the permit issued to you by Canadian Immigration. On the other hand, for visitor visas, this will be indicated on your passport. However, if you do not see a stamp on your passport, your stay would be authorized for a period of six months from the date you initially entered Canada as a visitor.

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How to Renew or Change Your Study Permit in Canada

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The Process of Renewing or Changing your Study Permit in Canada

In Canada, in order for foreign nationals to legally study, they must obtain a study permit. Once a study permit has been obtained by a foreign national and they wish to either renew their study permit to continue their studies or to change their study permit to go to a different designated learning institution, they must properly apply to do so. This is essential especially if the study permit will expire. Additionally, a foreign national must ensure that they do not overstay their authorized visit. Therefore, in this article, I will explain what a study permit entails and how to proceed with renewing or changing your study permit to study and remain in Canada.

What Does a Study Permit Entail

A study permit must be obtained prior to arriving in Canada to study. A study permit essentially allows the foreign national student to study in Canada temporarily. It is important to note that a study permit is a requirement set out by the government of Canada in order to assess potential students that wish to come to Canada to study.

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How to Obtain a Study Permit in Canada

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Steps in Obtaining a Study Permit in Canada

Educational opportunities in Canada are unlike any other country in the world. Canada is a very advanced and progressive country that offers exceptional educational and career opportunities. For this and many other reasons, many foreign nationals from all over the world aspire to pursue further educational studies in Canada. It is important to note, however, that in order to study in Canada, one must obtain proper authorization prior to coming to Canada to study; they will need a study permit. In this article, I will explain the purpose of a study permit, who needs a study permit to study in Canada, the eligibility requirements for a study permit in Canada and further steps.

What is the Purpose of a Study Permit

The purpose of a study permit in Canada is to provide authorization to foreign nationals, who permanently reside outside of Canada, to study in Canada temporarily. A study permit is a requirement by the Canadian government for foreign nationals who are studying in Canada at a designated learning institution. However, it is important to note that not all foreign nationals who come to Canada to study require a study permit.

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On and Off Campus Work Permit Eligibility

On and Off Campus Work Permit Eligibility
Applying for a Work Permit On and/or Off Campus

As an International student in Canada, experiencing the Canadian education system and observing the Canadian culture, can definitely insight some interest in possibly working and seeing what the Canadian economy has to offer. More international students now want to work while studying and they have two options to choose from on-campus and off-campus. The Canadian economy and workplaces are very unique and can attract many students. Of course in order to work in Canada, you must be authorized to do so. Therefore, in this article, I will explain the eligibility requirements for international students wanting to work while studying in Canada, either on-campus or off-campus, and the difference between the two options.

Working On-Campus

The convenience of working on-campus can appeal to many international students as many are unfamiliar with the surrounding environments and are comfortable being near their school and residence. There are eligibility requirements that one must take into consideration before working on-campus. One must abide by these requirements in order to work at the educational institution without a valid work permit. The eligibility requirements are listed below.

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Study Permit Questions and Answers

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Questions and Answers for Study Permits

In this article, I will address questions and answers for study permits, as there are several different student circumstances, in order for you to further understand what a study permit entails. A study permit is intended for foreign nationals who wish to come to Canada to pursue an education. It was created to give foreign nationals an opportunity to further their education and careers through a Canadian educational institution. If you feel as though you would be eligible to apply for a study permit, I suggest you read our article on "How can I get a Study Permit for Canada as an International Student" before reading this question and answer article. This article is intended to clarify any misunderstanding or confusion with regards to a study permit.

Q: Do I need a study permit before attending any educational institution or are there some exceptions?

A: There are some exceptions to the educational institutions that you may attend, that do not require a study permit. There are some specific courses that do not require a study permit; they are listed below.

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Study Permit Eligibility

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International Students Studying in Canada

Do you want to study in Canada? Do you feel like the educational opportunities are better here than in your home country? If so, you should apply for a Study Permit. It is important to note that a study permit is necessary for some foreign nationals; however, there are some foreign nationals that do not require a study permit to study in Canada. In this article I will explain in detail, who needs a study permit and who does not, how to start the process of obtaining a study permit and any further steps.

Who does not need a Study Permit?

There are some necessary steps one has to make before applying for a study permit in Canada. Yet, there are some foreign nationals that do not require a study permit at all. If you fall under any of these categories below, you do not need a study permit to study in Canada:

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Study Permit Application after Submission

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Study Permit after Submission

Are you an international student with an acceptance letter from a college or university in Canada and have submitted your study permit application and wondering what the next steps are? This blog will discuss the following:

status of your application after submission

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Study Permit for International Students

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Canada Study Permit Eligibility

Every year thousands of international students apply at college or universities in Canada to further their studies. Many internationals students choose to study in Canadian institutions because the fees for internationals students and cost of living are quite affordable when you compare it to other countries. Not only do these students get to study in Canada but it also gives them the opportunity gain Canadian work experience through off campus employment. As you are aware Canada is a multicultural country so you would never feel far from home.

Although Canada is very accepting of new immigrants, especially those who are looking to come to the country for work or school, there are still thousands of individuals denied every year for not submitting a strong application. Whether you are looking to work or complete your post-secondary education it very important understand what immigration Canada looks for when submitting a temporary application such as a Study Permit. There are many requirements one has to meet to be able to study in Canada and trying to tackle this on your own can be quite complicated. Read below to find out more about study permits for Canada.

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Can I travel outside of Canada as an International Student

Can I travel outside of Canada as an International Student
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Have you applied for college or university in Canada and have obtained the acceptance letter from the institution? If you have you are one step closer to obtaining your Study Permit for Canada. In order to study in Canada, you must obtain a Study Permit. Now with this type of permit you are able to be in Canada and study. Depending on your country of citizenship you may also require a Visitor Visa to Canada also known as Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) . TRV is required for persons that come from non-visa exempt countries such India, Pakistan, Brazil, Uganda and many more. Upon meeting requirements for TRV you get a stamp on your passport that confirms you have met all the requirements as visitor. Now that you have your Student Visa and your Temporary Resident Visa (if applicable) you are able to attend the school/ educational institution that you were accepted to.

Can I go on Vacation while on Study Permit?

Let’s just say that you came to Canada for school, and now you want to travel back home for the holidays, you will need to look at the terms of your visa to see if you are able to travel with that kind of visa. Generally visas are for just coming to the country with a onetime entry, but sometimes however it is possible to get multiple entry visas, meaning you can travel back and forth to other countries while still being considered a temporary resident in Canada.

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Can I apply for Study Permit while inside of Canada

Can I apply for Study Permit while inside of Canada
What is a Study Permit?

Study Permit is an authorization that allows international students to study here in Canada, it is only for the period of studying once you are finished with your studies your visa expires and you are asked to return to your home country as you are not authorized to stay in Canada any longer. If you are currently a temporary resident in Canada, you might be allowed to file an application to change your status and get a study permit.

Eligibility to Study in Canada

If you want to study in Canada, a designated learning institution has to first send you an acceptance letter for the program of study you have applied for. Once you have received the acceptance letter you can apply for the study perrmit, without the acceptance letter you cannot apply for the Study Permit. Next you must be able to prove that financially you will be able to support yourself, proof that you can pay your tuition fees, living expenses, and the return transportation. You also need to prove the following:

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Can I Work while on Study Permit in Canada

Can I Work while on Study Permit in Canada
Off-Campus Work Permit for students

Have you ever wondered how much money you can save by working in Canada as a student? Did you know that you can also work in Canada while you complete your education? Canadian immigration has many opportunities to offer even to foreign nationals when they arrive in Canada. Apart from studies wouldn’t it be a great idea to work and gain experience while you get instructions from your professors how everything works in your field of study? Working in Canada while you study not only helps you gain experience it also helps you support yourself in so many ways such as professionally and financially. Students in Canada come for many opportunities and working in Canada just adds to their skills and knowledge of their profession as well as the country where they want to work and study. In this blog we will discuss who fits the requirements to be considered eligible to work off-campus in Canada. We will also discuss what the conditions are and how one can avoid any kind of trouble working in Canada while studying.

Off-Campus Work Permit Eligibility

From June 1, 2014, the government of Canada made amendments to the rule to help international students to work in Canada. Now students can work off-campus while completing their studies in Canada. You can work for up to 20 hours throughout the week and full time during your schedule breaks such as summer holidays and winter holidays with the work permit. In order for you to qualify you must meet the requirements, the requirements are listed below:

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Canada Study Permit Requirements

Canada Study Permit Requirements
Want to Study in Canada?

Canada is an amazing country to study in; many students from around the world consider studying in Canada because of its high ranked post-secondary schools. Many students, wherever in the world they may reside, at one point in their lifetime consider studying abroad. Some students like the thought of and want to study abroad but are not able to do so solely on the fact that they do not want to go through the hassle of seeing whether or not they are eligible to apply for a Study Permit. At Akrami and Associates, we understand how confusing and difficult it may be to obtain a study permit if you have no experience or are applying for the first time. Our associates are experts regarding the topic of study permits due to their past experiences with helping clients obtain study permit. One of our associates can and will be more than happy to assist you in obtaining your study permit. You can rest assured when you choose to work with Akrami & Associates because the representatives have dealt with many successful cases so hopefully we stick to our success and make your case one of our many successes as well.

Who is eligible to apply for a Study Permit?

You may ask yourself “am I eligible to apply for a study permit?” Well, if you are a foreign person who wishes to study in Canada, you may be able to do so under certain conditions. If you are a foreign person who wants to study in Canada, you must choose to do so (study in Canada) for more than 6 months. You are eligible to study in Canada for professional education and/or training. However, you are not eligible/not permitted to obtain a study permit if your intentions are not solely for the purposes of study, hence, if you choose to abuse the power of this permit to just get into the country, an officer has the right to take it away from you. Officers may refuse your application if your evidence is not sufficient enough and/or they are not satisfied with the information provided. A study permit, likewise its name, is only used for the use of study. A study permit is much like a visa in regards to the application process and documents. Study permits and visas differ from each other in that they are used for different purpose When you choose to obtain a study permit, you must intend to leave the country and go back to your own home country, in order to prove this, you must convince the officer you have ties back home and that you do indeed intend to go back and live there.

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