Studying on open work permit?

Old Aug 5th 2015, 12:45 am
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My husband is here on a TWP - intra Company transfer - for the next 3 years. Then I guess we will decide if we want to try to go for PR or if we go back home.

Wehave been her since mid february and I am starting to look into things I could be doing...

I have an open work permit but I am not sure that our family logistics will work if I start working too. Mu husband works a lot - and if I got a job, I would be working a lot too which wasn't really the point when we decided to make the move...

so I am considering takimg some classes at University to make sure my CV doesn't stall too much while we are here, perhaps project management nor something like that.

But here comes the question: On the open work permit it is stated that it does not allow me to study? Do I need to get a study permit, then? And will a study permit allow we to enroll in single courses (I will not be doing full time studies)?
Anyone knows where I can find info on what to do and how it works?
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Old Aug 5th 2015, 1:17 am
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The following activities are not considered studies and do not require a study permit:

pre-school (pre-kindergarten);
courses of general interest or self-improvement;
distance learning; or
audited courses (typically by sitting in on an academic course, but without obtaining credit for it, or having the ability to obtain credit for it retroactively).
Student permits: Who needs a study permit
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Old Aug 5th 2015, 3:56 am
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Thanks.
I wonder what courses of general interest or self improvement is.😳

Probably, it seems, I will need a study permit but all the guidelines are aimed at people who needs the permit as a way of staying here. I am already here legally, but i just want to do something useful...

I should perhaps contact the University and see if they can help...

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Old Aug 5th 2015, 8:56 am
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You also do not need a study permit for a course lasting less than 6 months.
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Thanks. I was thinking of doing a certificate in Project Management ar Ryerson. It can be done as a bootcamp in 14 or 26 weeks, but I was thinking of doing as suggested - taking 1-2 courses at a time so that I finish in 1 or 2 years.

And then I am not sure I would be complying with the "less than 6 months".

Ugh. i really cannot understand why I just can't study what I want when I am allowed to be here, willing to pay - and being supported by someone who pause loads and loads of taxes... 😁
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Old Aug 6th 2015, 5:24 am
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Given that you are thinking of doing more than one course, and the program of study on which you may be enrolled seems to go longer than 6 months, from what you describe, I'd say you may need one. Even if you don't strictly need one, sometimes it is better to get it.

There will be an International Student Advising team at Ryerson who will be qualified to give you immigration advice in this area. You should contact them. They will be able to tell you what you need to know in relation to the courses/program you want to study.

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