Canada following in the footsteps of USA! –
The Canadian government has introduced an important change to how it processes visas for students entering Canada to pursue conditional admissions or pathway programs. In such cases, students are required to complete specific preparatory studies, often to develop their English or French proficiency, before continuing to an academic program in Canada.
Up until now, the common practice when processing applications involving conditional admissions was to issue a single study permit (that is, a student visa) for the entire duration of both programs (plus an additional 90 days). This meant that students could be assured that their Canadian study visa was in place for their entire, planned program of study and could transition more smoothly from any perquisite studies to their full academic program. The convention in such cases has been to list the institution delivering the final academic program as the Designated Learning Institution (DLI) on the study permit.
In July 2016, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced a change in how such files would be processed. Effective that date, Canadian immigration officers have been instructed to issue the study permit only for the duration of the first program of study – that is, for the prerequisite or preparatory studies alone. “Once the prerequisite program has been completed,” the department’s statement continues, “the student can apply for a new study permit and demonstrate that the requirements of the first program have been met.” This means, students will have to apply for a new visa for the balance period of the planned academic program.
The stated purpose of the change is to ensure that reporting requirements are matched to the designated institution where the student is actually studying (in other words, to avoid the current situation where the academic institution, noted as the DLI on the study permit, may be asked to report on students that are actually enrolled in preparatory studies with a separate school). This decision could be a result of concern among some visa officers that students may not successfully complete their prerequisite program but will continue to hold a valid study permit allowing them to work.
For students going for Bachelor’s education – U.S. News gathered tips from their Twitter followers and from experts on what common mistakes every freshman should avoid.
- Being uninvolved. New college students should make time to explore their interests and make connections.
- Overloading your schedule. Make sure that you don’t overburden yourself with courses and extracurricular activities.
- Skipping classes. Remember that your attendance has a high correlation with your grades.
- Putting off tasks. Students need to learn how to manage their time as early as their freshman year.
- Forgetting the importance of sleep. Keep in mind that our minds work better when our bodies are well-rested.
- Binge-watching on Netflix. Instead, consider exercising and taking care of your body.
- Unhealthy eating habits. Eating healthy and working out can help students do better in school.
- Not asking for help. If you’re having a difficult time with your classes, talk to your professor. If you feel as if you’re too stressed out, meet with one of the school counselors. Find people who can help you.
- Too much partying.
- Impractical spending.
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