Changing Schools While on a Study Permit.
If, at any point, you wish to change schools either through moving up an educational level or simply changing to another school then you can do this as long as you are studying at a DLI and are in full time studies. You only need to notify IRCC if the following applies;
- You are studying at a post secondary school
- You have a co-op work permit and you have changed post secondary schools to another co-op work permit program
- You need to change conditions on your study permit
At some point you may receive correspondence from IRCC just to confirm your status but this is nothing to worry about. You would just need to follow the instructions in that email.
Post Graduate Work Permits Eligibility
It is also very important to make sure you remain eligible for your PGWP. In order to do this you must submit your PGWP application within 180 days from receiving your final marks from school and your study permit must have had validity at some point during this time. You must also have;
- Completed a study program at a DLI that was for at least 8 months
- Maintained full time status for each semester (not including your final semester)
- Studied in a program that led to a degree, diploma or certificate
- must complete your program of study within the time frame specified on your study permit. If you need to extend your program, you must apply for an extension before your current study permit expires.
- Keep your study permit valid: Ensure that your study permit remains valid throughout your studies in Canada. If you need to renew your study permit, do so before it expires.
- Keep a good academic standing: Maintain good academic standing throughout your program. If you are facing academic challenges, seek help from your academic advisor or student services office.
- Ensure your program is eligible for a PGWP: Not all programs of study are eligible for a PGWP. Ensure that your program is on the list of eligible programs before you apply for a PGWP.
- Meet other eligibility requirements: You must meet other eligibility requirements, such as having a valid passport and meeting health and security requirements.
Another important thing to factor in is If you have a spouse or common law partner and they wish to join you on an open work permit. If that is the case then your program must be at a DLI that is eligible for a PGWP and you must be able to prove your relationship.
If you have any concerns about any of the above then get in touch and speak to one of our specialists.