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International Students:

On April 21, 2008, the Canadian Government made this announcement:

Government of Canada introduces changes to work permits for international students, making Canada more attractive for skilled individuals.



What does it mean?



Specifically, international students will be able to obtain an open work permit under the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program, for up to three years depending on the post-secondary program completed, with no restrictions on the type of employment and no requirement for a job offer.



Previously, depending on the location, international students could only obtain a one or two year work permit.



The goal is to allow increased flexibility by the expanded program in order that international students can get important work experience in Canada. It is expected that this in-Canada work experience and familiarity with Canadian society will permit graduates to meet the requirements to stay permanently in Canada.



In 2007, almost 64,000 international students came to Canada to study.



Final Note:

In many cases, persons seeking entry to Canada for a temporary purpose, apply themselves, especially for a visitor visa. However for cases, where Canadian immigration rejects the applicant, the second attempt is much more difficult. If the recent announcement requiring visitor visa applicants put up bonds is applied, then there may be an opportunity created for those who would normally be refused to be accepted providing they provide the necessary cash bond requested by immigration. Where the application is less than straightforward, an applicant seeking the safest and least risky approach for applying for a visitor visa, should seek professional assistance from the start.



Similarly with respect to renewing Permanent Resident Cards as well as making citizenship applications, in order to follow the safest and least risky approach for applying for citizenship, an applicant should first seek professional assistance from the start.



Obtaining legal advice is very important, especially in complicated situations, to better lay the foundation for a successful application, especially in the current environment where Immigration authorities have become stricter in applying the temporary visa and citizenship criteria rules and regulations. Further, with respect to temporary visas, given the current trend toward refusing more and more temporary authorizations, there is a greater need to speak to a qualified immigration lawyer about the risks and pitfalls. As always, the prospective temporary visa applicant, should seek proper and honest legal advice in order that the prospective visa applicant does not lose the right to obtain the sought after visa.



Protect yourself. Contact Marvin Moses Law Office now! Obtain competent, experienced, and honest advice!



For further information on immigration to Canada, please contact one of us at Marvin Moses Law Office.



(Since the issues and matters in reality are quite complex, it is recommended that legal or other appropriate professional advice should be sought before acting upon any of the information contained therein. Although every reasonable effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this article, no individual or organization involved in either the preparation or distribution of this article accepts any contractual, tortious, or any other form of liability for its contents or for any consequences arising from its use.)