There are many benefits to studying at a College or University level in Canada in addition to the advantages you will gain by having a top-quality Canadian education. The options detailed in this article apply to those who are completing a program of post-secondary study in Canada while holding a study permit. Students enrolled in English as a Second Language program are not eligible for these benefits.
Can I Work in Canada While Studying?
As a foreign student with a study permit, you can work up to 20 hours per week during your school sessions, and full-time during school breaks. Post-secondary studies usually break for 4 months each summer, so you have a significant amount of time to work in order to help pay for your studies in Canada.
If your spouse or common-law partner will accompany you to Canada, they are eligible for an open work permit as the spouse of a student. With an open work permit, your partner can work in almost any job, without the Canadian employer has to apply for special permission. This makes it much easier to get a job. Depending on which Province you choose to study in, your partner may be able to start the process of applying for Permanent Residence by virtue of their work even while you are still working to complete your studies.
Can a Foreign Child go to Public School In Canada?
If you have minor children who will accompany you to Canada, they will be able to study up until they finish Grade 12 without paying international student fees.
The Student Can Gain a Post Grad Work Permit
One of the most significant benefits to studying in Canada is the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP) that the student is eligible to apply for after completing certain programs of study in Canada. With a post-graduation work permit, you can work in almost any job and the employer does not need any special permission to hire you. A post-grad work permit is an open work permit.
The length of time that you will be granted a post-grad work permit will depend on how long you studied and which school you studied at. It is very important to have confirmation in writing from your prospective school before you enroll, that your intended program of study is eligible for a post-graduation work permit.
Postgrad work permits are issued for a period of 1-3 years. If you study a program of one academic year in length, you are entitled to a 1-year work permit. If you study a program of 2 or more academic years in length, you are entitled to a 3-year work permit. In some cases, it is possible to study two programs of 1 year in length in order to obtain a 3-year post-grad work permit.
There are some key points that are important to understand about a post-grad work permit. First of all, you can only obtain a post-grad work permit once in your lifetime. Even If you return to school and take another program of study, you cannot obtain a second post-grad work permit. So it’s important to carefully think through your future plans when contemplating your educational pathway in Canada.
The second point is that a 1-year post-grad work permit is not usually enough to enable you to qualify for Permanent Residence in Canada. You will only start to become eligible for most PR pathways after you have worked a full 12 months in Canada, usually in a skilled occupation. In most cases, it will take you longer than a year to find a job, complete the 12 months of work experience and make an application for PR. For that reason, if you have even the slightest interest in living in Canada on a permanent basis, a minimum 2-year program of study is recommended.
The final point relates to those of you with a spouse or common-law partner. If they have accompanied you to Canada while you have been studying, they will have an open work permit as the spouse or common-law partner of a student. This permit will expire at the same time as your study permit expires. In order for your spouse or common-law partner to be eligible for another work permit, you will first need to gain a job as a skilled worker. Once you can prove that you are a skilled worker, your spouse or common-law partner can then apply for an open work permit valid to the same duration as yours.
Consulting with a professional when dreaming about studying in Canada will ensure that you position yourself to maximize the immigration opportunities that are available to international students in Canada. The Way Immigration has a long history of working with international students from the start of their journey overseas, through the process of obtaining permanent residence, and eventually Canadian Citizenship. Contact our experts today to start moving towards your pathway to studying in Canada!