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International students now eligible to work after studies at Canadian career colleges

26 FEB 2014

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Opportunities for international students in Canada are broadening thanks to upcoming changes from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) that affect career colleges (i.e., private training institutions registered with provincial governments in Canada).

Specifically, under new Canadian immigration regulations that come into force in summer 2014, international students will soon be able to stay in Canada to work for a period of up to three years after graduating from a career college designated by its respective provincial government as being eligible to receive international students.

In today’s ICEF Monitor interview, Frank Gerencser of Career Colleges Canada explains the implications of the new CIC rules as well as what agents need to know about career colleges in Canada.

Along with the interview, we will provide some context for the Canadian government’s recognition of career colleges as an important educational choice. A growing role for career colleges is an interesting development for Canada, but one with wider implications, too, as education systems around the world continue to look for opportunities to adjust to changing labour market needs or major skills or employability gaps.

New CIC rules include more work and immigration pathways for international students

As we reported earlier this month, revised CIC regulations that will come into full effect in June 2014 carry some important implications for international students in Canada. Specifically:

  • Only students enrolled at designated institutions in Canada will now be able to apply for a study permit – that is, an international student visa. (Replacing the allowance that they could apply for a study permit upon acceptance at any institution in Canada.)
  • Eligible students will be permitted to work full-time after graduation until a decision is made on their post-graduation work permit. (Replacing the rule that they could not work until the post-graduation work permit was awarded.)

These, and other new CIC rules affecting the delivery of international education, are designed to protect international students; tighten up regulations regarding the kind of student allowed to study and work in Canada; and increase the opportunities for the most serious, ambitious students to work in Canada and potentially immigrate. (For more on the new CIC regulations, please review our earlier report.)


Read the full article and check the interview with Mr. Frank Gerencser: ICEF Monitor