We love helping international students. They make so many sacrifices, both emotional and financial, to come to Canada to study. They pay more tuition than other students. They may suffer difficulties from being far from family. It can be quite difficult for them to settle into a new place and there are inherent stresses on this experience. Then, when these students finally graduate, they apply for a Post Graduate Work Permit. Most applicants try to do it themselves. The IRCC guide stresses how they do not need a lawyer or an agent. And, unfortunately, this can lead to a refusal. They may be asked to leave Canada “immediately” or “forthwith”. They do not know what to do so they come to us for help.
We have been able to help many international students get back on track to PR status. This is one of those cases. We have published other cases on our website as well. You can imagine that we do not publish every decision or every client’s story. We have too many files and we are simply too busy to do that. I wanted to share this story.
2016 – Client came to Canada to study
2020 – Client had difficulties with her studies and she took a semester off
2022 – Client had academic issues and she was a part-time student
2023 – Client consulted the Course Counselor at the University of Manitoba who advised that her academic issues would not impact her immigration
2023 – Client applied for PGWP – refused
2023 – Client retained CIL to do PGWP and Restoration
2023 – CIL submitted applications on her behalf – approved
The key to getting the above approval was all the work that was done to explain her circumstances. Staff at CIL spend hours (and hours and hours) to make sure all the language in the applications addresses all the potential issues.
For these applications, the IRCC generally does not give the applicant a chance to address issues. They simply make a decision based on the documents in the package. If the applicant fails to address a potential issue (even if they do not even know about the issue), the IRCC Officer may determine that the student is trying to hide or mislead.
In many cases, the international students are simply trying to do their best. They have been told the PGWP is “easy”. We have heard from many students that they thought, “I thought I could just do it myself”.
Of course, so much of the above does not make sense. International students may spend +$30,000.00 CAD on all the tuition and living expenses in Canada. Despite that investment, they take the risk to do one of the most important applications without a professional. We do not speak to the many international students who get successful results on their own, of course. For those students, we wish them all the best.
For international students who need help, we would like the chance to get you back on track to PR status.