Can international students quit their studies in Canada?
When you receive a study permit in Canada, you must meet all necessary conditions. Therefore, you must study at a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) all the time. Moreover, you must actively pursue your course or program of study. What if you decide to stop studying? This article is an effort to explain if international students could quit their studies in Canada. Of course, we will also discuss the consequences.
- Who is an international student?
- What does quitting studies mean?
- Do I lose my study permit by quitting my studies?
- The solutions for international students who quit their studies
- Let us help!
In this article, an international student is someone who studies in Canada with a valid study permit. However, the level of studies is not essential. Consequently, whether you are a high school student or doing your Ph.D., the concepts in this post cover you. Also, the expectation is that you are studying at a DLI. If you are not familiar with this concept, read my article on DLIs.
The Immigration Regulations expect the students to pursue their studies actively. Generally speaking, you need to attend at least 15 hours of classes per week. However, there are some exceptions to this rule. Here are three examples:
- In your last semester, you have one or two subjects to study.
- You are taking a leave for valid reasons.
- You are changing your school or program, and the next program begins in less than 150 days.
Beyond valid deviations, you may not quit your studies while in Canada. Therefore, if you stop studying, then you are in breach of the IRPR and IRPA.
Under the immigration Regulations, you lose your study permit as soon as one of the following happens:
- The study permit expiry date
- Ninety days since the student has completed their studies
- The student receives an enforceable removal order
It seems quitting studies does not fall under any of these circumstances. However, an immigration officer may issue a removal order for someone who leaves their studies. Therefore, if you quit your studies and remain in Canada, you could lose your study permit because of receiving a removal order. The process is nerve-wracking.
The simple answer is no. Some people who are exempt from these requirements are the following:
- Family members of diplomats
- Refugee claimants and their family members
- People who have passed the first stage of their H&C application
- Protected people because of PRRA or refugee claims
- Destitute students
- Exchange students
- Family members of the following people:
I have summarized the list. However, it gives an idea of who could be exempt.
It is difficult to predict the options as the individual circumstances are different. Regardless, here are some potential solutions:
- Leave Canada before something adverse happens.
- Apply for a visitor record and change your status from a student to a visitor.
- File for a TRP if you are facing inadmissibility due to the breach.
- Get admission from a new school and apply for a new study permit.
I recommend the first option in most cases. However, I must emphasize this solution may not be for you. Also, it would be best if you talked to a professional to make sure the actions you are taking are not against the law.
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