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Taking Stock of International Student Regulations in Canada: Part I & II

July 30 - August 20

Cost: Members: $350 | Non-Members: $400 Register

This event has been approved by ICCRC for 4 hours of CPD.

The 2019 calendar year has seen a fervent pace of Canadian immigration and refugee law, regulatory, and policy-related changes that will have a direct impact on both international students and designated learning institutions. In the lead up to the 2019 fall semester, this two-part webinar, facilitated by Canadian immigration and refugee lawyer, Will Tao, will explore gaps and areas of interest where student consequences, institutional responsibilities, and policy change may intersect.

This webinar will cover the full international student cycle – including recruitment, the issuance of letters of acceptance, applications for study permits, requirements while holding a study permit, extensions/transfers between institutions, and finally, the issuance of post-graduate work permits.  Other related areas – such as economic, family, refugee, and humanitarian and compassionate ground permanent resident stream issues and inadmissibility consequences will also briefly be connected to and can be explored further, upon the participants’ request.

Prior to the first session, participants will be provided with a recommended reading list – including IRCC manuals and online website material.

2019 Policy & Practice in Review: PART I

The first session will allow participants to create an asset map of all the relevant laws, regulations, and policies that impact student immigration. This will be useful and relevant for those institutions that are in the process of revamping their international student information websites or creating training/resource materials for either their third-party recruiters, faculty, or students. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to submit questions and/or highlight gaps and areas of further interest (in an anonymous manner) which will inform the second webinar.


2019 Policy & Practice in Review: PART II 
Tuesday, August 20, 2019 | 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm ET

This second webinar will offer a deeper focus on two or three key gaps and areas of interest identified by participants in PART I. Between the first and second sessions, the facilitator will conduct research and make further inquiries to address identified gaps and questions and to report back on areas that will require further clarification. Questions that are not addressed in this webinar, but for which there are answers, will be shared in a document at the end of the session.


About the Facilitator

Will Tao, Canadian Immigration and Refugee Lawyer

Will is a second-generation Canadian settler on traditional, unceded territories of the Coast Salish – sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) nations in Vancouver, B.C. He is a frequent speaker, lecturer, and writer on international student issues and has advised and trained designated-learning institutions and international students alike. Tao is currently in the process of reviewing international student regimes in Five Eyes countries (United States, Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom) and preparing a policy paper with recommendations for International Education stakeholders. Tao was recently part of the consultative processes for both IRCC’s Open Work Permit for Vulnerable Workers and the IRB’s Immigration Appeal Division Rules. He operates a law blog (http://vancouverimmigrationblog.com) and is actively involved in advocacy for cultural communities and migrant workers through his civic engagement efforts.





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