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If you have a study permit in Canada, as of June 1 2014, you must be “actively pursuing studies.” This means you must be enrolled and make reasonable and timely progress towards completing your study program. Failing to do so can result in revoking your study permit and/or you may be removed from Canada.

Educational institutions will be required to report your academic status (in the form of your transcript, for example) to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) about whether or not you are actively pursuing your studies. In additional, CIC may request that you submit the required documentation, directly.

In some cases, you may have a study permit that extends past your study period. For example, you may have a study permit that expires in November 2014 but you actually complete your program in May 2014. As of June 1, 2014, your study permit will be “deemed” invalid 90 days after your completed study date. Therefore, your study permit would expire on August 2014, not November 2014. Please note that this new rule is only applied to study permits issued on or after, June 1 2014.

In order to apply for a study permit on or after June 1, 2014, you will need to have an acceptance letter from an official education institution which is included on the CIC website. After June 1 2014, if your acceptance letter is not from an official education institution, or your school loses it’s designation, then your application will still be processed and you will be able to renew your study permit up until June 1 2017, but not beyond.

All other standard  eligibility criteria for a study permit must be met for your study permit to be issued, such as financial assets and no inadmissibility issues in entering Canada.

Off- Campus Work Permit

After June 1 2014, full-time students with a study permit will be eligible to work off campus without a work permit, for up to 20 hours/week during a regular academic session and full-time during regularly scheduled breaks immediately after receiving the study permit, instead of having to wait 6 months.

To be able to work in Canada however, you must be registered and enrolled at your designated education institution and you must get a Social Insurance Number from Service Canada.

On June 1, 2014:

1) If you hold a study permit and a work permit under the Off-Campus Work Permit Program, you may continue to work off-campus under your existing off-campus work permit

2) If you hold a study permit and you have applied for, but not yet received your off-campus work permit, you should wait for your application to be processed and begin working off-campus once you have received your permit

3) If you hold a study permit but have not yet applied for an off-campus work permit, you are authorized to work off-campus without a work permit as long as you meet the eligibility requirements for working off-campus

4) If you apply for a study permit on, or after June 1, 2014, the conditions relating to your eligibility to work off-campus will be written on your study permit

In all scenarios, you must continue to meet the conditions of your study permit in order to remain eligible for off-campus work. If you are studying English or French as a second language (ESL/FSL), or participating in general interest or preparatory courses, you will not be eligible to work during your studies, unless you become eligible to apply for a work permit with a positive Labour Market Opinion from Employment and Social Development Canada.

Co-op or Internship Program

Starting June 1 2014, you 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 education institution.

To work as part of a co-op or internship program, you will need a co-op work permit that is separate from your study permit.

If you are are studying English or French as a second language (ESL/FSL), or participating in general interest or preparatory courses, you will not be eligible to work during your studies, unless you become eligible to apply for a work permit with a positive Labour Market Opinion from Employment and Social Development Canada.

On June 1, 2014:

1) If you already have a co-op work permit and are not studying at a designated education institution, you will be able to work for the duration of your current permit; and renew your co-op work permit in order to complete your program, but not beyond June 1, 2017

2) If you already have a co-op work permit and are enrolled in a program that does not qualify as an academic, vocational or professional training program, you will be able to work for the duration of your current permit and renew your co-op work permit in order to complete your program, but not beyond June 1, 2017

3) If your application for a co-op work permit is received before June 1, 2014, you do not need to  be enrolled in an academic, vocational or professional training program offered by a designated learning institution to receive the work permit. You may also renew your co-op work permit in order to complete your program, but not beyond June 1, 2017

If you have any individual questions or concerns, please contact our office for more customized consultation for your unique situation.  Please note that this posting is for general information only and is not to be considered binding or official legal counsel since situations will vary and can be complicated. The content in this post is current as of the day of entry. Due to the changing nature of Immigration law, the information in this entry may or may not still be applicable.

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Michelle Serrano
Michelle Serrano
2016-06-07T19:27:11+0000
Very good Lawyer.... I had a very complicated issue in Immigration she made it fast and easy.. highly recommend.Thanks Jennifer and to your team. Good job!!!!!
Anthony Lauron
Anthony Lauron
2015-11-08T00:49:47+0000
Libby Avalos
Libby Avalos
2014-02-24T18:30:47+0000
I would definitely recommend JR Law to anyone seeking immigration assistance. We first met Jennifer in November 2011, and she and her team proceeded over the last 2 years to help my husband achieve permanent residency status thru in-land spousal sponsorship. I know that many people attempt to do this process on their own, but after being thru it, I would never recommend that. Laws are always changing, and it was such piece of mind to know that we were getting the most current information, and that everything was being done correctly. We definitely hit some bumps in the road... immigration lost part of our file, which needed to be redone, and then they were on strike, slowing everything down. JR Law supported us during the entire extra, unexpected time. Again, these things happen and we were happy to have legal support throughout. The team at JR law was always friendly, organized, supportive, and very fair and honest. We will definitely be seeing them again moving forward with any immigration issues in the future!
Claudio Leanza
Claudio Leanza
2014-02-20T15:19:38+0000
Waste of money!!!!lot of money!!
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Thomas Williams
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Alison Moffatt
Alison Moffatt
20:42 04 Jul 18
We're so thankful we found Jennifer & her law office! As a small company, we were able to navigate the immigration system with their help and guidance - and got the outcome we wanted! Thank you so so much for everything, we have really appreciated working with your team.
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Arielle N
03:25 20 Dec 17
We went to Jennifer with just under two months before my work permit expired and I wanted to apply for PR. Long story short, Jennifer and her staff was incredible, thorough, well experienced and fast! We all worked very hard to get my application in and today I'm already a permanent resident of this great country. Pricey though but what lawyer isn't..she does pre-warn about that but honestly with how fast they worked and their knowledge around the entire process, it was all worth it. Thank you Jennifer Roggemann and your wonderful staff. I truly believe they are the best in town.
L. Spalla
L. Spalla
17:13 25 Feb 18
They charged 300 just for one hour and a half consultation, so I asked roughly how much it would be to apply for sponsorship, they couldn’t tell me I was only calling them because I’m actually from Toronto and my fiancé wants to get a lawyer close to kw Long story short, her secretary were pushing me for a consultation without trying at least understand my situation and get me a price Basically what I’ve seen is, u go for consultation, spend 300$ they charge u whatever after, if u r not ok with the price, they still made 300$ on you
Louise Cowden
Louise Cowden
13:55 05 Jun 17
In August 2015 we walked into Jennifer's office looking for advice on how to get John PR status, and walked out after our appointment wishing we had come to see them sooner. Jennifer gave us all of the options available and set some realistic expectations. It's been nearly 2 years since we walked into her office, and just last week John became a permanent resident. We couldn't have done it without everyone in the office, they made things so much easier. The value, to us, of having Jennifer and her team is that we were not worried about our application. We knew that we were in great hands, and we would get the outcome that we were hoping for. Especially thankful for Heather and Erica, you both played a huge part in making sure that I kept calm; the professional and knowledgeable manner that you both have kept my mind at ease throughout the last year and a half. Without them, we wouldn't be able to move on with our lives in Canada. We can't thank you enough for everything that you have done for us. Louise and John
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21:46 22 Nov 17
Very honest, straightforward person. She gave me all of the information I needed in order to make an informed decision.
Hannah Schell
Hannah Schell
16:01 24 Jul 18
A Canadian-American couple, we have been married for a long time and had been living in the United States. We are both college professors, and have struggled for years with balancing our two careers. When Martin got a job offer “back home” in Canada, we decided it was time to start a new chapter and made arrangements to begin immigrating. We had previously gone through the long, messy process of immigration to the U.S. for Martin’s green card and ended up having to hire a lawyer after trying to do it on our own. This time we wanted things done smoothly and so we started looking online for help. We googled immigration lawyers in the area and saw that Jennifer’s office was all women. Intrigued, we read everything on her website and made arrangements for a consultation when we were visiting. The date of that first consultation actually coincided with our 20th wedding anniversary - what’s more romantic than a visit to a lawyer’s office! The price tag was sobering but since we wanted this done right, we decided to go ahead. We sensed they knew what they were doing, were organized and efficient, and we liked that they didn’t talk down to us. Jennifer talks fast (!) and processes information quickly, and we appreciated that she was very thorough and open and gave us all the information we needed to make an informed decision. We decided to hire Jennifer and her team and we have never regretted that decision. Every interaction with the office (whether in person, phone or email) was professional and friendly. They were continually helpful and although we were sharing a lot of personal information, we trusted them. The most valuable thing they gave us was peace of mind. They are very efficient and we didn’t have to worry about the details. They had told us how long they expected the process to take, which helped give me a timeline of when I would be able to look for new job opportunities here in Canada, and we are thrilled that it turned out to be even faster than what they had told us. They were able to offer helpful suggestions for how to get all the needed materials along the way, including the medical exam, finger-printing, background checks, etc. We recommend that you at least go and have a consultation with Jennifer to find out all your options. They are friendly, fast, smart and helpful. Now I’m a permanent resident here and Martin and I are enjoying settling into our new community. Thank you Jennifer and team for helping us start this new chapter in our lives! Hannah & Martin
Ted Yoon
Ted Yoon
01:13 02 Aug 18
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 and 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. Ted
Cheyenne Cartwright
Cheyenne Cartwright
21:38 01 Aug 18
We found this law office in one of the most challenging periods of our lives. Newly married, my wife Canadian and myself American, we had drastically misunderstood the processes necessary to ensure I would be able to build a life with her in Ontario, and I was only a couple of weeks away from a potential notice of deportation. Based on the mistakes I made, I did not think I even deserved a chance to make it right and managed the (short, but painful) wait for an appointment with plans to move back to the US and restart the process. Already partially reassured by the incredibly fast and professional response of the office's staff, I went into the meeting cautiously optimistic, and to make a long story short, we immediately agreed to enter a process that just in the past couple of months culminated in securing my permanent residency. Along the way, I received expedited permissions to pursue a job in Ontario, mentoring throughout the process of acquiring required documents and testimonials, anything we could have wanted, especially and all importantly the peace of mind mentioned in other reviews here already. And I never had to be separated from my wife at any point. While expensive, the costs were well explained, and we were coached in how to keep the costs as low as possible by doing as much on our end as we could. This resulted in a sizable refund of our retainer, given to us immediately along with my notice of permanent residency. I have nothing but praise for their office and staff, and anticipate continuing to exchange Christmas greetings/gifts over many happy years here in the province.
Franky Tacia
Franky Tacia
23:45 28 Jul 18
Completely unprofessional reception and an absolute scam as far as “initial consultation” that was her scribbling and circling on a bunch of random questions that lasted 15 minutes for $1000.00. Learned absolutely nothing new other then she wanted another $9,000.00 to help. Stay away!!!
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