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Academic Training

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Regulations: Academic Training is employment directly related to a student's major field of study, which is an integral or critical part of his/her academic program. If you are a full-time student, in good academic standing, you are eligible for a total of 18 months of academic training which can be used during your course of study (part-time or full-time), upon completion of studies, or a combination of both. Training that is a mandatory part of an academic program will not count against the 18 months available. Post-doctoral students are permitted to participate in academic training for up to 36 months.

Procedures: You must have a specific job offer to be eligible for academic training. Post-completion academic training must be applied for within 30 of completion of studies. In order to apply you should submit a letter of recommendation to the OISS from your academic advisor or chairperson of your department which states:

  1. That your are a full-time student in good academic standing, and your (estimated) completion of studies date.
  2. The goals and objectives of the specific training program.
  3. A description of the training program, including its location, the name and address of the training supervisor, number of hours per week, and dates of the training.
  4. How the training relates to your major field of study.
  5. Why the training is an integral or critical part of your academic program.

If approved, the OISS will give you written authorization to engage in academic training for the employer and dates listed in your recommendation letter. No approval from the Immigration Service is required. If your current DS-2019 is expiring, you will be issued a new one to cover the period of time you will be undertaking practical training. At some point during your academic training, you will be required to contact the OISS in order that we may evaluate the effectiveness and appropriateness of the training in achieving the stated goals and objectives.