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Canada has a well-established reputation for providing top-notch education and a high standard of living, making it a highly sought-after destination for international students looking to advance their academic pursuits and secure a promising future. Annually, Canada opens its doors to over 100,000 students from around the world, offering them a chance to study and take advantage of the abundant career opportunities available.

The International Student Program administered by Citizenship and Immigration Canada has undergone some modifications. Under the revised regulations, international students are now permitted to engage in part-time employment for up to 20 hours per week without the need for a work permit. This provides students with valuable opportunities to immerse themselves in Canadian culture and gain work experience, both on-campus and off-campus.

To be eligible for a student visa, the following criteria must be met by the applicant:

  • Admittance to a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) in Canada
  • Current presence in Canada
  • Demonstration of sufficient financial support to cover both educational and living expenses during the period of study

In some cases, foreign nationals who are currently in Canada as visitors may be able to apply for a study permit from within the country. Effective June 1, 2014, this option is available to:

  • Minor children enrolled in primary or secondary education.
  • Exchange or visiting students.
  • Students who have completed a short-term course or program of study that is a prerequisite for acceptance at a designated institution.

Upon successfully completing their program of study, students are eligible to receive a Graduate Work Permit, valid for a minimum of one year and a maximum of three years.

For those interested in making Canada their permanent home, the process of becoming a permanent resident can be initiated. For more information on this process, kindly visit the "Immigration" section of our website.