My fiancée and I are both living in Vancouver Canada with a study permit issued in August 2014. We both started our PhD but she decided to stopped her PhD a few months ago and to start a Master degree (in a slightly different field, in a different University) in September 2016.
- She will know only late Spring whether she will be accepted for this Master (although it feels unlikely to us that she would not be accepted).
- She will be taking courses online (Khan Academy and EdX) and will eventually work aside (in the department offering the Master degree).
- We are fiancée (getting married next summer) and we have been together for long enough to be considered "common-law" (not exactly sure of the term though). I am on a study visa and this might facilitates future application for her.
- We are both swiss. She is also french (bi-national) but currently lives in Canada as a swiss citizen.
- We have never lived in Canada before coming with our study visa.
To my understanding
To my understanding, she is allowed to work with her visa but only in parallel of her studies. If I am not mistaken, she can changes her field of studies without notice but I am not sure. I have no idea how this particular case should be treated though.
What do you recommend we do?
Must she cancel her current study visa, apply for a new visa for 6 months only and then apply for a new study visa for her Master degree?
Must the change of plans be communicated to CIC (Citizenship and Immigration Canada)?