I want to study/extend my study in Canada.
What sort of program needs a study permit? What documents do you need to get a study permit? How many courses do you need to take to be considered a ‘full time’ student? What about working during your school program? Taking longer than you expected to complete your studies? How do you extend your study permit? When is the deadline to apply for your post-graduate work permit? Did you get accepted into another program or a different school? How does that affect your study permit?
Studying in Canada is complex and mistakes in this part of your immigration journey can affect your ability to stay and work towards becoming a permanent resident or citizen. Study the resources/links on this page for more information. When you’re ready, call the office to book a consultation to learn how to avoid the pitfalls and stay on solid footing.
I originally came to Jennifer when I was planning to study in Canada. She was able to get me my study permit and then my post graduate work permit. I’m very happy with the service I received then and there was no need to go anywhere else when it was time to apply for permanent residency.
Everyone in the office is patient and competent. Jennifer is really kind and been very helpful in stressful situations. I’ve always been given all the support that I need from their office. No one is perfect and sometimes glitches happen. I see that as the cost of doing business and I’m much more likely to go return to a place that owns their failings. I’ve referred other friends and family to Jennifer and now that I’m a permanent resident, I’ll remain engaged with her law office for my Citizenship. I plan on referring Jennifer’s law office to my family, friends and acquaintances interested in applying for Canadian immigration. Thanks again for everything.
I came to Jennifer’s office on the recommendation of my lawyer. I was looking for assistance with bringing my wife from Laos. After our consultation, I realized that Jennifer was the one to help me – there was no need to shop around. Sometimes cheaper isn’t better.
They were helpful and supportive and I never left a meeting confused about what was next. I have learned that getting married to a citizen of Laos is complicated but Jennifer and her team were very helpful in pointing me to the right places to get information. I learned a lot about the process which was very valuable – even though my relationship broke down and we never ended up submitting the application.
I still recommend people to go and see Jennifer to get help with their situation. At least go for the consultation and find out where you stand. That’s money well spent. From there you can figure out if it’s best for you.
I’m still hopeful about the future and maybe I’ll be back to see Jennifer again.
I came to Canada from Korea for college and ended up staying and working in my field. When I was eligible to apply for Permanent residency through the Canadian Experience Class, I was looking for some help. I was introduced to Jennifer through the Korean community and I went for a consultation. She sounded confident that she could solve the problems that I had with my situation. I’m glad that I decided to hire Jennifer. She knows much more than some consultants that I talked to in Toronto.
She and her office are confident and knowledgeable about what they do. They are expensive, but I always received a response quickly whenever I had a question or had provided them with documents. The fact that Jennifer could communicate with my family in Korean was very helpful. She also has an understanding of the cultural concerns that are common to South Korean men my age regarding military service in our home country.
I liked that, because I lived out of town, I was able to have skype meetings with the office rather than having to drive to Kitchener to meet. Now I’m a permanent resident and I’m able to move on with my life. I’m looking forward to being able to apply for Canadian citizenship as soon as possible and I know I’ll be back for another consultation with Jennifer.
I received an email from Immigration Canada telling me that I had to leave the country because I was out of status – my work permit had expired. So, I packed my bags and was ready to leave but a friend said that maybe I should see a lawyer before I left. I did a Google search and found Jennifer. I did a few consultations at other firms but I decided that Jennifer was the one I wanted to work with. I read her reviews and, although she was tough on me in the consultation, I realized that she was the one with a plan to help me.
Everyone is nice and friendly at the office, although they take their work very seriously. They fixed my status legally so that while I was waiting for my Permanent Residency application to process, I didn’t have to fear being in Canada illegally.
Now that I am a permanent resident here in Canada, I tell others who are in a similar situation to go and talk to them. At least then you’ll know your options and see if they can help you. The political situation in my home country makes me grateful that I have the freedom to enjoy my life here in Canada.
Thank you Jennifer for helping throughout this process. This will definitely help me to have a bright future here in Canada.
I am originally from Bermuda and while that may sound like a great place to call home, I realized that I no longer fit in with that culture. I realized that I fit in Canada like a hand in a really nice glove.
I had come to Canada for University and had stayed and found work and love here. I wanted to figure out how to get my permanent residency and I knew that I had procrastinated on getting that taken care of. I googled Immigration lawyers in the area because I didn’t want to do this process myself. I came to her office because she had the highest ratings on Google and I liked that Jennifer was an immigrant herself. I liked everyone immediately and although Jennifer was tough, but fair, during the consultation, she laid out my options clearly and didn’t, as I like to say ‘blow a lot of smoke up the tailpipe’.
Because of a variety of circumstances, we decided to do an In-Canada Spousal application with my partner Andy sponsoring me. Both of us are extremely satisfied with our experience with Jennifer and her office. They are professional and courteous and fast working. I never walked away without the answer I was looking for. They’re honest and transparent and they provided a lot of value for both of us. I did learn that this process works as hard as you work it.
This process isn’t cheap, but I expected that. I do like to feel that the people I’m paying are working for my money, just like I did to earn it. I felt they used my time well. Everyone we worked with was fantastic. They have great expertise and industry-specific knowledge that is very helpful. I have recommended like 12 people to their office because I’m that satisfied with them.
I’m the type of person that, if I can cut risk out, I will do it. I could do this process myself but if I can make sure that every “i” is dotted and “t” is crossed by having someone do it for me; that’s worth it to me. They see changes in law and respond faster than I could ever do on my own. I like hedging my bets so spending time and money to have a good shot and being successful the first time was the way to go for me. Canada isn’t a frightening country, but the process is still intimidating and I didn’t want to mess anything up. I was still anxious whenever I heard from them and so simple things like ‘good news!’ in the subject line of an email was really helpful for me.
When they called me in December and told me that our file was complete and that I was going to have the gift of permanent residency for Christmas, I couldn’t contain myself. It finally sunk in; the freedom that gift gave me. I moved around a lot as a kid and so I’d always defined ‘home’ in terms of people, not geography. This is the first time I have a geographic home. I’ve sacrificed for it, I’ve worked for it, and now I have the freedom to enjoy it.
I’ve got my love here, my job is here and I have a community here that I want to give back to. Thank you Jennifer and team for helping me to come home.
In 2014, back when I was in University, I was looking for some advice about a study permit. I googled Immigration Lawyers in the area and Jennifer was the first name that came up. I sent her an email question and went for a consultation. She gave me enough information at that meeting that I left knowing how to solve my immediate concern. I was impressed that she didn’t try to make me hire her before I got any useful information. She even gave me options to set me up well to become a permanent resident through the new Express Entry system. I knew that when it was time for me to think about permanent residency I would be back for another consultation.
I came back a couple of years later and I realized that this was something that I wanted some help to do the right way. I had moved to Hamilton by this time and so I had checked out a couple of local firms but didn’t get a good vibe from them. I came back to Jennifer – and it was the right decision.
This time I decided to retain them to help me with the Express Entry and Canadian Experience Class PR application. Every interaction with the team at Jennifer’s office was professional, timely and comprehensive. They are personable and really care about me as a person. I always felt comfortable coming into the office. I work in a field that doesn’t usually blend well with a stereotypical law office but Jennifer’s office puts more value into serving clients than on fancy surroundings. Last Christmas I was a freaking out about being able to go home to the US for Christmas and Jennifer emailed me back over her Christmas holidays and she literally saved Christmas for me.
They answered my questions very clearly and even when they had to repeat an answer that I had forgotten the answer to, there was never a feeling of ‘I already told you this information’. They were very patient and the thing I found most valuable about their service was that I never felt alone. This wasn’t a stressful process for me because I knew I could trust them and leave it with them. I appreciated that they worked with me being out of town and we only had to meet in person when absolutely necessary – we could talk on the phone or via skype or email and that was really helpful.
When I recommend people come to Jennifer I tell them that Jennifer and her team are professional people who do a great job to bring people to Canada. This is an important service and people need to give it the weight it deserves. Immigration Canada is not very user-friendly and I don’t have time to keep up with the changes – that’s not my job, it’s theirs and they do it well.
Jennifer and her team made this as streamlined and stress-less as possible. I never lost confidence in the office and I wasn’t worried even if something did go wrong, I knew that they would fight for me. Thank you that now I am a permanent resident here in Canada and able to enjoy living my life.
I was first introduced to Jennifer when she did an immigration seminar at my college when I was a first year nursing student. I’m so glad that I kept her card from that night back in 2013. However, I wish I made use of it earlier than I did.
When I was planning for my permanent residence application, I decided to get some help from a community organization and that didn’t go well. I tried to do things on my own, put up my profile online and didn’t get it right. I was thinking that the only option was for me to head back to my home country. I had a friend who really counselled me well that before I packed my things and left, I should go and see a lawyer who knows this industry.
I remembered Jennifer’s presentation and she had left an impression on me that she tells the truth and is very straightforward. I decided she was my last chance. If she said it can’t be done, then I will know for sure.
I rummaged in a box until I found her card and gave the office a call just before Christmas in 2016. She fit me in for a consultation right away and I told her everything that I had done. She gave me a lot of options and some things to think about. Then in the spring of 2017 her office called me and told me that the rules had changed and that there were new options available to me. I was so surprised that she remembered me and my situation and thought of me when things changed that would benefit me.
I retained them to help me with a new Express Entry profile and, with her suggestions of including my French language abilities; I was given an invitation to apply for permanent residence. When someone asks me what I value about their service, I tell them that they gave me a golden opportunity to better my future. They gave me the chance to make a new direction for my future in Canada. I can now go back to school as a resident, not an international student. They have given me the opportunity to have more control over my future and make my own decisions for a career path.
I’m still here in Canada solely because of Jennifer and her team. The service I received was amazing. They are approachable and give you real, honest information. If they can help you, they will tell you – you just need to let them.
I’m now a permanent resident here and it’s such a relief to have a future here. When I look back at my time in my home country, I see myself as a child. Canada was where I was able to learn to be independent and develop my character as an adult. I look forward to my family visiting me here – and to me visiting them, but Canada is now my home. Thank you, Jennifer, for making that dream a reality.
I came to Canada for University and stayed on to work with my Uncle on my Post Graduate Work Permit. I had come to love Canada and wanted to become a permanent resident but neither my uncle nor I could figure out the point system or how to be selected under the economic streams.
My uncle had a friend who recommended that we come and see Jennifer and we’re glad we did. Jennifer drafted a plan and then another plan when the law changed late last year. I’m glad I hired her to be on top of the changes in law because she was able to shift plans mid-stream and find a solution that worked for both my Uncle and I.
The office is friendly, informative and they get the job done. The price was reasonable and the office was easy to get to – we didn’t have to go to Toronto. What I liked about Jennifer was that she would lay out all the options that were available to me and then she would give her personal recommendation as to which option she thought was best – but it was always my decision. I really liked that she personalized the law to fit my situation.
They were able to help me pull together all the information I had in an organized way – and told me what I needed to provide and why that was needed. Everyone in the office was really nice to me.
What I would recommend for anyone with immigration issues, whether they’re straight forward or complicated, go to Jennifer for a consultation. Get your options from an expert rather than looking online. Not all the answers are there and your situation may not be like another person’s. Go; get your options as things change all the time. Get the current info and then make an informed decision if you want to do this on your own or hire someone to help you.
Now I’m able to go and visit my family over the holidays and become a permanent resident when I land back in Canada. Thank you Jennifer and team for helping me settle in my new home.
I came to Canada for University and fell in love with the country. I graduated from University in Waterloo and started working in my field. My employer was willing to help me get my permanent residence through the Express Entry system, although I didn’t end up needing to go through the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) process. They got a recommendation from their lawyer to come and see Jennifer and her team for advice on how to best go about getting me permanent status here. When I came for a consultation with my employer, Jennifer instilled a lot of confidence that she could help us through this process.
I had no experience with this system and so hiring Jennifer took the headache off of me. I was applying when the Express Entry rules were changing and the amount of points you got for various things was shifting. I was really glad that I had someone to help me navigate through all the policy changes. Everyone that I dealt with in the office was confident in what they were doing and so I was confident. I have to give them a “double thumbs up” for how they responded to any questions or concerns that I had.
I got used to getting calls from the office saying ‘so.. this happened and so now we’ll do this…”. It was frustrating but at the same time it was nice to know that I had other options and had people who were walking me through the process.
I am now a permanent resident here in Canada and I’m happy to recommend Jennifer and her staff to anyone – in fact I already have. I tell them my experience was great and so they should use my lawyer because I had a great one.
Thanks, Jennifer and team.
I came to Jennifer while I was an international student in Waterloo, ON. I felt my situation was bleak and hopeless but I wanted someone to help me know my options upfront. I looked online for help in the Waterloo area. Jennifer’s website popped up and I read all the testimonials. I booked a consultation and found someone that I could trust to show me a path to where I wanted to go.
I felt more informed and hopeful after meeting with Jennifer. It was still a bit of a long shot but she gave me a fighting chance to make Canada my permanent home. She guided me to new options that gave me at least a chance to qualify for economic immigration. I would never have been able to think of the path she gave me on my own.
The staff is friendly and extremely helpful. They gave me far more than I expected, including a very detailed walk through of what needed to be done. Although I am returning to my home country, for now, I am in a better spot than when I hired Jennifer and her team. Now I am feeling more clarity on my situation and I know all the possible ways to move forward. Jennifer and her team went beyond what I expected and even when I was leaving, they gave me more information and help to make sure that my path to returning to Canada will be as worry-free as possible.
I would, and have, recommended their office to anyone with an immigration question. Jennifer is very good at what she does and is backed up by a great team. I look forward to having the opportunity to work with them again in the future.
I am from India and wanted to continue my post graduate education in Canada. I was seriously considering the University of Waterloo at the time and it made sense to see if there was an immigration lawyer in that area who could help me. I searched on Google and found Jennifer Roggemann’s Google+ page. I saw the law office reviews (4.8 out of 5) and this got me to contact her offices via their website. They very quickly replied to my email and set up a skype consultation that fit my busy schedule.
I liked the thoroughness of the consultation. Jennifer was honest with me throughout our interactions. She always played the ‘devil’s advocate’ and showed me the way by addressing all my issues and concerns. I am glad that I decided to hire her and her team to apply for my study permit. With her, every penny spent was worth its value.
I have already referred many friends and acquaintances to Jennifer and her team. I tell them that the office reflects professionalism and honesty. I told them that Jennifer is the right person to give you a new perspective on your situation. Her staff is thorough, organized and prompt in their response to any questions. I appreciated that I could see them over skype and feel more connected to the process.
I received my study permit faster than I was expecting and I am now ready to start my Master’s program this fall at the University of Waterloo. When I arrived at their Canadian office in person for the first time, I was warmly greeted and welcomed.
When I am eligible, I am definitely going to use Jennifer and her team to help me with any further immigration matters.
I came to Jennifer’s office very nervous about my status in Canada. I had gone to school here and finished my degree. I’d made a very simple mistake of not signing my application for my Post Graduate Work Permit before I sent it in. Also, my study permit expired at that moment. I was in a time crunch to be able to start my career here in Canada. I had met with someone else whose information just didn’t seem right to me and so I decided to look online and found Jennifer. I asked a family friend who works in the industry what they thought of Jennifer and she highly recommended her. I’m glad that I followed her advice to come and have a consultation with Jennifer.
Jennifer is very sharp and knows what she’s doing. I felt comfortable with her and the proposal she outlined made sense. For the first time, I saw a light at the end of the tunnel and knew that there were options for me. This was my first real experience with a lawyer and I’ve heard others who had a bad experience with a lawyer but I would hire Jennifer again. She and her team are friendly and welcoming and yet very professional. They made me feel relaxed and comfortable and I trusted them.
When it was time for me to apply for my permanent residency under the Canadian Experience Class, they were well prepared and gave me a list of what I needed to do. They were always responsive when I asked them a question and I felt like they outlined the options for me and informed me but the decision and control always rested with me. I felt empowered that I was making good decisions for my future based on solid advice. Throughout the process, they were on top of my file and making sure that I was kept in the loop. My work permit was expiring in a few months and Jennifer made sure to have a meeting with me to discuss my options and plan out what we needed to do so I could keep working while we waited for the paperwork. Thankfully, none of that was needed because I received my permanent residency before my status was expired.
Would I recommend Jennifer and her team to others? I already have. I definitely got the service I expected. Yes, lawyers cost money, but they saved me time and I didn’t have to worry all the time. I received timely email updates from the staff and answers to my questions were prompt and well informed. I appreciated that I got a personally signed Christmas card from everyone I had worked with in the office. It meant a lot to me that they took the time to write a personal note in a busy time of year.
I am now a permanent resident and I can look forward to having my family come and visit me in my new home here in Canada. Thank you Jennifer and your team for all your hard work on my behalf.