Study Permit - Delays

Old Jul 29th 2015, 7:02 am
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Hi!

Last week I got accepted to a university program here in Vancouver and immediately applied for the study permit. I am currently in Canada with my partner who is on his second IEC, I'm on a tourist visa as my work permit still hasn't come through yet.
The course is scheduled to start on October 13, however according to the current CIC processing times my application wouldn't even be looked at until November 9, at the earliest. Is there anything I can do/anyone I can contact about this?

Once my work permit does come through should I just start my studies in October and then activate my study permit once I have it? Or will this reflect badly on us once we are ready to apply for PR?

Any other suggestions would be very welcome too!
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I wouldn't study until you have the actual study permit issued as you would be contravening the Act. A work permit doesn't allow you to study but a study permit allows you to work with certain conditions.
This is a CIC matter.
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Does this mean my only options are to either delay the course until the next start date (which would be April 2016) or to miss about a month worth of classes and join the course once I have my permit?
Or is it worth getting in touch with CIC, and if so, how? I've heard their phone employees aren't particularly knowledgeable.
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it means if you get a study permit though that you wont be able to activate your work permit?
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Originally Posted by beckiwoo
it means if you get a study permit though that you wont be able to activate your work permit?
What do you mean by that, beckiwoo?

Hopefully my work permit should come through within the next month, and then I can work for about a month and a half, and then cross the border to activate my study permit once I've got it and reduce my work hours to 20 per week to meet the study permit rules. At least that's how it was going to work in my head. Am I completely off path?
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You can hold two valid permits at the same time:

Can I hold a study permit and a work permit at the same time under IEC?

One does not negate the other. The Study Permit allows you to follow a program of study in Canada that is longer than 6 months (because you can't do that with only a WP) but, as you can see from the link, your WP will still be valid.

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Thanks snowy!
My work permit isn't part of IEC though, it's a general open work permit based on my partner having a skilled job with his IEC. So I don't think this counts as me being part of the IEC permit.
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Originally Posted by sugarfus
Thanks snowy!
My work permit isn't part of IEC though, it's a general open work permit based on my partner having a skilled job with his IEC. So I don't think this counts as me being part of the IEC permit.
I'm confused, if you're in Vancouver is there any reason you can't just flagpole for your permits?
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Contact the international student office at the university as they may be able to help. It is what they are there for.
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Originally Posted by Snowy560
You can hold two valid permits at the same time:

Can I hold a study permit and a work permit at the same time under IEC?

One does not negate the other. The Study Permit allows you to follow a program of study in Canada that is longer than 6 months (because you can't do that with only a WP) but, as you can see from the link, your WP will still be valid.

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Rather pointless though because if you are doing full time study you are not going have the time to work more then 20 hours a week.
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Originally Posted by beckiwoo
Rather pointless though because if you are doing full time study you are not going have the time to work more then 20 hours a week.
Some people seem to think you do though, if you have the right kind of job you can. Night audit at a hotel is a good one, can do 40 hours a week, do your school day, sleep 4 hours, then to work, but not everyone can do that, I certainly couldn't....but some people somehow can manage without sleep.
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Originally Posted by beckiwoo
Rather pointless though because if you are doing full time study you are not going have the time to work more then 20 hours a week.
I managed to work full-time while in university (undergrad) full-time. I only managed it for a couple of semesters, but I did it.
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When doing my undergraduate degree as a very mature student, I remember many students falling asleep in class due to too much working ...

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Originally Posted by Snowy560
When doing my undergraduate degree as a very mature student, I remember many students falling asleep in class due to too much working ...

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or maybe too much partying?

One of mine does school and works, which they can manage, then go out socialising to all hours and wonders why they are tired!
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We always used to joke that mature students were tired from too much working/studying but for the younger ones it was too much partying. Either way, university is a tiring experience!

Study Permits are probably capped at 20 hours a week working to take account of a hectic student social life!

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PS: back to the question of the delay in SP processing: I agree with the suggestion of seeing the International Student Advisor team at whatever university it is. Most of them have licensed RCICs (certainly the big ones) who should be able to advise.

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