Operational Instructions


Expansion of the Off-Campus Work Permit Program to include private institutions as a pilot project - Operational Bulletins 035 – July 23, 2007

Background
International students contribute to Canada’s intellectual and academic environment, and make our educational institutions centres of rich and diverse cultural exchange.
After a series of successful provincial pilot projects at public institutions, the Off-Campus Work Permit Program was launched nationally on April 27, 2006. To help even more international students obtain Canadian work experience, the Off-Campus Work Permit Program is now expanded to include certain private educational institutions, on a trial basis. The program, which allows international students at post-secondary institutions to work off-campus, has to date been available only to students at publicly funded institutions. As a result of the program expansion, students attending approximately 75 additional institutions could be eligible to apply for off-campus work permits.
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Departmental Roll-out of the E application for the Issuance of Study Permits and Extensions in Canada - Operational Bulletins 100 – February 17, 2009

Background
The purpose of this operational bulletin (OB) is to provide guidance and information on changes to the application process for study permits from within Canada.
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Electronic In Canada Applications (e-Application) - Operational Bulletin 171 – December 18, 2009

Background
The e-Channel currently allows international students at over 200 participating educational institutions to apply online for an off-campus work permit, confirm their eligibility for the off-campus work permit and apply for or renew their study permit while in Canada. In addition, these applicants can apply for or extend the status of their dependent family members currently living in Canada.
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Application of the 90 day bridging period for study permits and off-campus work permits and clarification of full-time versus part-time studies in the final academic session before graduation for issuance of off-campus work permits - Operational Bulletin 193 – April 12, 2010

Issue
Clarification regarding the length of issuance of study and off-campus work permits
Background
As per OP 12, section 7.14, once an officer has determined that a study permit applicant is bona fide and meets the study permit requirements, the operational goal is to eliminate, or at least minimize, further transactions with the student. One of the most effective ways to minimize further transactions is to issue a long-term study permit, along with a long-term multiple-entry temporary resident Visa, if applicable. On regular straightforward cases, the recommended length for a study permit depends on the type of student. For most post-secondary students (and most adult students even if not at a post-secondary institution), the validity period of the study permit should correspond to the duration of their proposed course/program of study, plus 90 days.
As per OP 12 section, 5.23, off-campus work permits should be valid for the same period as the study permit and follow the same rule: duration of study, plus 90 days. (For the validity period for other types of study permits, please refer to OP 12, section 7.14 – Determining validity periods.)
When an officer decides to issue a study permit for a duration shorter than the period of study indicated in the letter of acceptance, notes should be entered into CAIPS/FOSS as to the reasons(s) for issuing a shorter duration permit.
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New Overseas Temporary Resident Forms - Operational Bulletin 270 - February 4, 2011

Summary
Effective February 15, 2011, a new Application for a Work Permit form, Application for a Study Permit form and an updated Application for Temporary Resident Visa Made Outside of Canada form will be made available to all clients.
Issue
The purpose of this Operational Bulletin (OB) is to advise of new application forms that will be available for visitors, temporary foreign workers and students applying to enter Canada from overseas.
Background
The introduction of the new Application for Temporary Resident Visa Made Outside of Canada [IMM 5257] form on October 14, 2010, was an initial step towards the vision of Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) for integrated application forms. Following the successful implementation of the Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) application form, the student and worker application forms will now follow.
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Procedures for the assessment of study permit applications from students destined to suspended or closed private career colleges in Ontario and British Columbia - Operational Bulletin 321 - July 13, 2011

Summary
Effective July 13, 2011, officers reviewing study permit (SP) applications from applicants destined to private career colleges in Ontario or British Columbia (BC) should determine whether that institution is suspended or has had its registration cancelled prior to issuing a SP. New SPs should not be issued to students wishing to attend suspended or closed private career colleges in Ontario or BC.
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2 Dimension Bar Coded Temporary Resident Visa, Study Permit and Work Permit Applications - Operational Bulletin 329 - July 27, 2011

Summary
The purpose of this Operational Bulletin (OB) is to advise that as of August 1, 2011 the 2 dimension (2D) bar code forms for temporary resident visas (TRVs), work permits (WPs) and study permits (SPs) listed below are the only temporary resident application forms that will be accepted by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).
Note: This OB replaces OB 259 (December 21, 2010), “Temporary Resident Visa Application Form Transition Date” and OB 270 (February 4, 2011), “New Overseas Temporary Resident Forms.”
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Change to the Custodianship Requirement for Minor Students - Operational Bulletin 339 - September 15, 2011

Summary
Effective September 15, 2011, the custodianship requirement will be discretionary for minor students between 17 years of age and the age of majority in the province or territory of the educational institution where they intend to study. The custodianship requirement will continue to be mandatory for minor children under the age of 17.
Issue
This Operational Bulletin (OB) is to inform officers that the mandatory custodianship requirement has been changed for certain minor children coming to Canada to study.
Background
The custodianship requirement assures the immigration officer that adequate arrangements for care and support of a minor child, other than social assistance, have been made. While custodianship is not a specific requirement of immigration legislation, it supports the determination that a minor is not inadmissible to Canada for financial reasons.
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Post Graduation Work Permit Program for International Students Graduating from Designated Private Post-Secondary Institutions in British Colombia – Revised Guidelines - Operational Bulletin 262-C - June 5, 2012

Summary
Additional changes have been made to the Pilot Program to expand the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP) for international students graduating from designated private post-secondary institutions in British Colombia. The guidelines have been updated (or revised – whichever you prefer) and distributed to all participating institutions.
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New In-Canada 2D Temporary Resident Application Forms - Operational Bulletin 450 - July 31, 2012

Summary
Effective July 31, 2012, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) will launch new two-dimensional (2D) bar code application forms for temporary residents (TRs) inside Canada. These forms are:
  1. Application to Change Conditions, Extend My Stay, or Remain in Canada as a Visitor or Temporary Resident Permit Holder (IMM 5708)
  2. Application to Change Conditions, Extend My Stay, or Remain in Canada as a Student (IMM 5709)
  3. Application to Change Conditions, Extend My Stay, or Remain in Canada as a Worker (IMM 5710)
These new forms will be applicable to all visitors, international students and temporary foreign workers inside Canada who wish to extend their stay or change their conditions. The Application to Change Conditions, Extend Your Stay or Remain in Canada (IMM 1249) form will continue to be accepted until November 1, 2012.
Background
In the autumn of 2010, CIC began modernizing its immigration application forms. These new in-Canada TR application forms are the next step in providing a modern, integrated immigration system and tools for both internal and external clients and stakeholders.
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