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As a full-time post-secondary international student with a valid
Study Permit and social insurance card you are able to work in Canada during
your studies. You may also be able to work after you graduate.
If you are a registered, full-time student with a Study Permit, you are able to work at any job on campus without having a work permit. To see if you qualify check Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s guidelines for work permits for students.
Once you have found a job on campus, these are the next steps:
A template for this letter is available by emailing Ashley Sullivan at email@example.com
International students may qualify to work off campus without a work permit. If you qualify, your study permit will allow you to work up to 20 hours per week.
You must stop working on the day you no longer meet the above eligibility requirements (e.g., if you are no longer a full-time student during an academic session.)
Use the self-assessment tool to see if you are eligible to work off campus without a work permit.
Please note you need a Social Insurance Number (SIN) from Service Canada to work in Canada or to receive benefits and services from government programs.
International Students must have valid documents to be able to stay and study in Canada.
Visitors, workers and students can apply online at http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/my_application/apply_online.asp?s=1 for faster processing.
Whenever possible, students are encouraged to apply online to extend their study permit, TRV, and/or apply or renew their work permits. If you have already submitted a paper application, please do not submit an electronic application as this will not speed up processing.
International students who are undertaking any kind of field education (co-op, externship, practicum, clinical, etc.), regardless of length, must have a valid co-op work permit. You can submit this application at the same time as your study permit application. If you did not apply for your co-op work permit along with your study permit or did not receive one with your study permit, you will have to submit a separate application through CIC while in Canada well in advance of the start date of your placement.
The work permit is a document required by Citizenship & Immigration Canada (CIC) before international students can start their field placement, work placement, externship, practicum or volunteer work, even if these placements are unpaid. Students in programs that require placements involving hospital settings and/or interaction with families and children in Canada are required by the CIC to undergo a medical exam by a Panel Physician. See http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/medical/medexams-temp.asp. Medical exams performed by a Panel Physician are valid for up to 12 months. If you completed a medical exam for your visa application and it is still valid, you may be able to submit proof of this medical with your application for a co-op work permit. The CIC medical exam is in addition to completing the mandatory program-specific pre-placement health forms which may be mandated by your academic department (see http://www.georgebrown.ca/preplacement for details).
The International Centre will prepare the Co-Op Certification Letters based on a list of students provided by the Academic Department. The list will include the following information:
If student has a HOLD on student information system or is not currently registered, a Co-Op Certification Letter cannot be issued.
When the Certification Letters are ready, the International Centre will either:
a. Inform the academic department so student can pick up the letter from the International Centre; or
b. Send the letter to the department where it can be picked up by the student.
For details and information on how to apply for the various types of work permits, visit http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/study/work.asp. You can also go directly to http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/study/work-coop.asp
Download a handy PDF guide to help you navigate the CIC website.
International students are eligible to apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit that is valid from 8 months to up to three (3) years, depending on the duration of the academic program successfully completed. Please check with the IRCC (formerly CIC) to confirm eligibility. For more information, please visit http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/study/work-postgrad.asp
If you’re an international student who wishes to apply for the Post-Graduation Work Permit you must:
Applications for a Post-Graduation Work Permit can be submitted on-line or by mail. For details go to http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/study/work-postgrad-how.asp
Students must submit their application for a Post-Graduation Work Permit within 90 days of receiving official notification that they have fulfilled the requirements to graduate.
If the program you completed or the line of work you will be looking for involves working with Canadian families, the disabled, the elderly/seniors, or children or at any health care institutions and community services, and you want to work in this field, you may be required to get a recent (valid for 12 months) medical exam by a Panel Physician, to be issued a Work Permit without conditions. Please check the CIC website at http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/study/work.asp or call the CIC Call Centre at 1-888-242-2100 for details.
You need a Social Insurance Number (SIN) from Service Canada to work in Canada or to receive benefits and services from government programs.
You must have one of the following conditions or remarks printed on your study permit in order to apply for a SIN for off-campus work:
If your study permit does not have one of the above conditions or remarks, you must submit a request for an amendment to your study permit before you can apply for a SIN. There is no fee for this request.
If your study permit has: This permit does not permit the holder to engage in off campus employment in Canada, printed on it and you have changed your program of study, you must apply to change the conditions of your study permit and pay the applicable fee.
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