All immigration information for international students can be found on the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) website or by calling 1-888-242-2100.
|Under Section 91 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA), “Education agents, recruiters and employees at educational institutions, who are paid to provide services to their clients, are prohibited from providing advice to students…with regard to immigration applications, such as visas or student work permits. As a result, they may not explain or advise a person on their immigration options, complete and submit immigration forms on a client’s behalf, communicate with CIC on a client’s behalf (except for the direct translation of a client’s written or spoken submissions), represent a client in an immigration application or advertise that they can provide immigration advice” (Bob Brack, President & CEO of Citizenship and Immigration Canada, June 20, 2013).|
In order to study in Canada you will need your Letter of Admissions along with your passport to process your study permit/visa application at your local Canadian Embassy or Consulate. Please go to the CIC website for details on applying for a visa/study permit and working in Canada. This website has helpful information about work permits for students, information for after you graduate, and for applying for permanent residency. If you are interested in staying in Canada after you graduate, please be aware that the length of study will determine the length you will be granted to remain in Canada after graduation. It is a requirement of CIC that international students study full time.
By Canadian law, international students are required to obtain a valid Study Permit from CIC. To apply, visit CIC Study Permit Application.
Entry visas – Temporary Resident Visa (TRV)
Also known as a re-entry visa or visitor visa, this is the visa that is stuck like a sticker into your passport. Not all students require a visa to enter Canada. To find out whether this is required from your country, check the CIC website for a list of visa exempt countries.
Placement Work Permits
For some academic programs, work experience is part of the curriculum. International students who wish to participate in a co-op or placement program must apply for a work permit (there is no fee for this application). For more information, visit CIC Placement Work Permit.
Working while in Canada
International students will now automatically be provided their work permit upon entry into Canada, which will allow the student to work legally upon arrival after securing a job. There are also various jobs on campus that international students can apply for but employment is not guaranteed. Loyalist College has a Career Centre where available jobs are advertised and staff are able to assist students as they are looking for work in a new culture. Minimum wage in Ontario is $14 per hour.
- Jobs on campus are limited. It is each student’s responsibility to find their own job. We recommend that you arrive early for the semester and have a C.V. or résumé ready to give to potential College employers.
- Working on campus is an opportunity to interact with the College community and earn valuable Canadian work experience. You should not rely on a student job to support yourself financially while living in Canada.
- International students must receive approval from the International Centre to work on campus. You must be in good standing with the College and maintain a GPA of 60% or higher depending on the position’s requirements.
- The International Centre has developed a program to support College departments hiring international students.
For more information, visit CIC – Work on campus.
- Students can apply for an off-campus work permit through Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
- The off-campus work permit would allow you to work part time during school sessions and full time during holidays.
- Each student is responsible for finding their own employment.
For more information, visit CIC – Work off campus.
For more information to prepare you for working in Canada, please contact the Career Centre.
Ontario Immigration Facebook page
The Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration Facebook page, Ontario Immigration (English)/Immigration Ontario (French), provides immigrants and newcomers with general information and customer service. Learn more about:
- The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)
- Events, programs and services
- How and where to settle in Ontario
- Getting licensed in a profession in order to work
- Language training