Canada Could Limit Study Permits

According to a new article in the Toronto Star, changes proposed in the Canada Gazette recommend that the Canadian government only allow permits for students (for off-campus or internship work) in accredited schools. Canada Study Permit

Student work permit change to encourage only “genuine” students

According to Citizenship and Immigration Canada spokesperson Nancy Caron, “The proposed regulatory changes would ensure that study permit holders are genuine students by requiring students to enrol in and actively pursue a course or program of study after arrival in Canada,” she told the Toronto Star. “Institutions that are not designated by provinces and territories would no longer be able to host international students.”

The changes mean that the program will no longer provide students visas if their course is less than 6 months in length.

The proposed change comes despite a new report by Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada saying that the government should double the number of foreign students in the country.

Foreign students in Canada by the numbers

Approximately one-third of the 240,000 foreign students welcomed into Canada each year study in Ontario.

In 2007, 176,000 foreign students came to Canada to study, meaning that the number of international students in Canada has increased by 36 per cent. In addition, the students brought an extra $8 billion with them for Canada’s economy in 2010 alone.

However, because Canada’s foreign students can eventually apply for permanent residency the government fears that students are not attending accredited colleges and are just using the program for permanent residency status. Some of these colleges offer sub-standard programs to their students, which won’t benefit the students or Canada in the long run.

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