Guide to Work and Study in Canada for international students

An international student may be able to work within the boundaries of the campus where he or she is registered in if the student meets specific criteria. After reading this article you should learn about how to work and study in Canada for international students.

For an international student to work on-campus without a work permit, he or she must:
  • hold a valid Study Permit;
  • have a Social Insurance Number (SIN);
  • be registered as a full-time post-secondary student at a:
  • public post-secondary school, such as a college or university, or CEGEP in Quebec
  • a private college-level school in Quebec that operates under the same rules as public schools, and is at least 50% funded by government grants, or
  • a Canadian private school that can legally award degrees under provincial law
On-campus work includes working for an employer located on the campus grounds of the educational institution where a student is studying.

An on-campus employer includes the school, a faculty member, a student organization, a private business (located within the boundaries of the campus), a private contractor that provides services to the school, and being self-employed on-campus.

Working in Canada as a Co-op student or intern

International students pursuing a study program at a DLI in Canada that requires a mandatory work placement or internship must apply for a co-op or intern work permit in addition to a valid study permit.

Once the international student graduates, a Post-Graduation Work Permit may be obtained.

In some cases, spouses or common-law partners of international students studying full-time may be eligible for an open work permit. Visit our dedicated page for information on the advantages of an open work permit.

What is a Canada Work Permit?

If you're going to have a job as an international student (undergraduate) or postgraduate  or foreign citizen in Canada, you're going to need a work permit.

You can apply for a work permit online or on paper.

Why you should apply online for Work Permit

  1. No courier fees or mail delivery time – we get your application instantly.
  2. Online applications may be processed more quickly.
  3. Avoid processing delays. Incomplete applications are returned to you. Applying online helps ensure your application is complete before you submit it.
  4. If the immigration official website needs to ask for more documents, you can quickly submit them online.
  5. You don’t need to submit your passport until the official site asks for it.
  6. You will Get updates on the status of your application directly in your online account.

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