I’m an currently an international student. In a program of 3 years but this final year and I can’t afford to pay my

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Customer: I’m an currently an international student. In a program of 3 years but this final year and I can’t afford to pay my school fees. What is the best possible solution can you give me ?
JA: What province are you in? It matters because laws vary by location.
Customer: Ontario
JA: What steps have you taken so far?
Customer: thinking of extending my study permit because it going to expire next month ending
JA: Anything else you want the Lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: yes it is possible for me to apply for a work permit or just keep on extending my study permit
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Hello! My name is Debra (formerly known as Legal Ease). Thank you for your question. I'm reviewing it now, and will post back again shortly.

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I am sorry to hear of this difficult situation.

You won't be able to extend your study permit unfortunately.

The school will report to CIC that you are no longer enrolled.

You may be able to get a work permit.

You will need a job offer first.

Then your potential employer has to apply to the government for what is called a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). What this entails is the government reviewing the job market to ensure that there is a shortage of Canadians or permanent residents to fill your job. You cannot take a job away from a Canadian/permanent resident. So, you have to have a skill, or work experience, in an area where Canada needs workers and there aren't enough Canadians who have that skill or work experience.

If that's the case then the government will give the employer a positive LMIA.

Then you can apply for the work permit.

You will need to prove your credentials and also need to undergo background, medical and criminal checks.

Here's the webpage that has all the information you will need including the forms and information about the fees:

http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/work/index.asp

Does that help as a starting point?

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