- be enrolled in a designated learning institution (DLI), unless you are exempt, and demonstrate your commitment to study by enrolling full- or part-time during each academic semester (apart from regularly scheduled breaks) unless you are exempt.
- make progress toward finishing your program’s courses and refrain from taking authorized leaves from your study program longer than 150 days.
- Inform IRCC whenever you switch post-secondary institutions.
- stop your studies, if you no longer qualify as a student, and when your permit expires, depart Canada.
- the level of studies,
- if you can work on or off campus while a student in Canada,
- whether you have to report for medical procedures,
- whether you can travel within Canada,
- when you have to end your studies.
What is Authorized Leave?
When is Authorized Leave Applicable?
How to Obtain Authorized Leave?
- Contact the Designated Learning Institution (DLI): Inform your DLI’s international student advisor about your intention to take authorized leave. They will guide you through the institution’s specific procedures and requirements.
- Prepare Supporting Documents: Gather all necessary documentation to support your leave application. This may include medical certificates, family-related documents, or any other evidence that justifies your need for leave.
- Receive approval from your DLI: Keep the approval letter from your DLI as evidence of your authorized leave. IRCC will ask you questions regarding gap in your studies in the future and the authorized leave approval would help you to address IRCC’s concerns.
Implications of Not Following the Authorized Leave Condition
- Status Violation: Staying in Canada without a valid study permit or without being enrolled in full-time studies is a violation of immigration rules. This can result in your status becoming “out of status” and may lead to removal from Canada.
- Inadmissibility: Not adhering to study permit conditions could affect your future immigration applications to Canada or any other country. It may render you inadmissible due to non-compliance with immigration laws.
- Loss of Benefits: International students on authorized leave might lose access to certain benefits and services offered to full-time students, such as work opportunities on or off-campus.
- Difficulty in Returning: If you leave Canada without authorized leave or fail to resume studies after an approved leave period, re-entering the country for future studies could become challenging.