Operational Bulletin 546 – August 28, 2013
Extensions to Letters of Acceptance for Study Permit Applications
Officers would not issue study permits unless the applicant provides written documentation from the educational institution concerned. The documentation must state that the educational institution has accepted the applicant’s application for studying there. Subsection 219 (1) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR) clearly outline this requirement.
At present, certain missions abroad have experienced various current labour actions. In light of these actions, officers might come across study permit applications that could have experienced a considerable amount of delay. These applications might have letters of acceptance with lapsed arrival dates. Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has been working with the education sector to remedy this situation. It has been determining whether institutions are willing to accept or consider late arrivals for international students.
Therefore, officers would need to note that many institutions have agreed to extend the arrival date for the fall 2013 academic year. These institutions include:
- Public colleges
- Private career colleges
- Language schools and,
- Primary or secondary school boards (from Kindergarten to 12th Grade)
Therefore, officers would need to consult the table and attachments given in this document. This would enable them to determine whether a particular educational institution has extended a letter of acceptance or not. If an educational institution has extended a letter of acceptance under this initiative, then officers would need to ensure that they do not refuse applications based on an invalid letter of acceptance.
The Operational Management and Coordination Branch NHQ will be responsible for updating this list regularly.
Officers might have questions concerning the information published in this Operational Bulletin (OB). They would need to direct their questions to: 2013-Students-Etudiants@cic.gc.ca.
Documents and Tools
- Extension of letters of acceptance – EN (Version 1)
- Dalhousie University – Last Possible Start Date September 2013
- Institut national de recherché scientifique (INRS) – Last Possible Start Date September 2013
- Queen’s University – Last Possible Start Date September 2013
- Ryerson University – Last Possible Start Date September 2013
- Universite Laval – Last Possible Start Date September 2013
- University of Toronto – Last Possible Start Date September 2013
Source: Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC)
Quebec has a great record when it comes to finding new ways of doing things. However, one sector that continues to search for a solution is Quebec’s higher education system – the prime question for many people in the previous election, some 19 months back. This time though, it has been conspicuous by its absence.
Despite that, the question remains unanswered – How does an individual pay for a university system that offers both access and quality? Although this debate is not a new subject for Quebec or for the rest of the world, Quebec must emerge with the answer.
Committed citizens speak of a renaissance for Montreal, which happens to be Canada’s second largest city. However, despite having over 225,000 students at the universities and Cégeps, Montreal still hires less university graduates annually than any other major city in Canada.
It would be impossible to think of a similar renaissance for Quebec without finding some noteworthy funding solutions first. Until then, Quebec needs to find ways to keep its university system and economic future strong. In addition, Quebec also needs to find ways of retaining the talented students it attracts, once these students graduate. According to the president of Concordia University in Montreal, Alan Shepard, Quebec could achieve this in three possible ways.
The first method involves facilitating student immigration and seeking help from universities for this. This means that the authorities must simplify the bureaucratic processes. By connecting these students to the commercial and civic realms of Quebec and teaching them French, the universities could retain these students.
The second proposal entails providing additional physical spaces, linked together by networks, which would enable students to take control of their creativity and innovations. For example, Concordia launched District 3 in 2012. This multi-disciplinary incubator enabled Concordia’s students and alumni to work side-by-side for coming up with solutions or ways to build their own businesses.
The third method entails providing tax incentives for promoting a culture of innovation even further. Last summer, for example, Governor Andrew Cuomo commenced New York’s incubator networks with Start-Up New York, which offered tax credits to businesses that got established on or near a university campus and also supported the university’s mission.
Currently, universities favour merit and access along with the highest ideals of learning. If Quebec could harness these and make them drivers of civic and economic equality, their contribution to Quebec’s future could be invaluable.
Source: The Globe and Mail and Alan Shepard