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New Changes to International Student Program

Effective June 1st, 2014, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has new rules in place under the International Student Program (ISP) that affect ALL international students studying in Canada.

The goal is to reduce fraud or misuse of ISP and improve services to genuine students. The new immigration rules include (but are not limited to):

  • Study permits will only be issued to applicants who have been admitted to a designated learning institution. (Ryerson University is one of the designated learning institutions)
  • Students must remain enrolled at a designated learning institution, and make reasonable and timely progress towards completing your program; and failure to comply could result in removal from Canada.
  • Study permits will automatically become invalid 90 days after you have completed your program.
  • Full-time international students enrolled at a designated learning institution in an academic, professional or vocational training program are allowed to work part-time (20 hours) off-campus and full-time during scheduled breaks without a work permit; the conditions relating to your eligibility to work off-campus will be written on your study permit. (You are able to work off-campus immediately rather than waiting six months.)
  • Students will be able to work as part of a co-op or internship program only if the work is an essential part of an academic, vocational or professional training program offered by a designated learning institution; a co-op work permit is still required.
  • All designated learning institutions will be obligated to report students’ continued enrolment and academic status to CIC.


To ensure that all international students at Ryerson are compliant with these new regulations, we will continue to provide updates accordingly and have updated our student information guides/website, accordingly. International students and Ryerson community members who have questions are strongly encouraged to contact ISS at 416-979-5000 extension 6655, issask@ryerson.ca or visit us in POD-50A.

For more information, please feel free to review CIC’s website.