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Work On and Off Campus

Work On Campus:

 An international full-time student in Canada who holds a valid study permit may be eligible to work on campus without a work permit.

 

On-Campus work includes a job that it located within the premises of the campus. The employer can be the college/university itself that include the faculty, library, bookstore, students centers etc. or a private business located in the premises of the campus like restaurants, coffee shops etc.

 

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Have a valid study permit
  • Enrolled as full-time student at a Designated Learning Institute
  • Has a valid SIN Number

The international students are permitted to work a maximum of 20 hours, i.e. part-time on campus. The international student must stop working on campus immediately if they no longer meet the eligibility criteria, i.e. if they are no longer enrolled as a full-time student.

 

Work Off Campus:

 An international full-time student in Canada who holds a valid study permit may be eligible to work off campus without a work permit.

 

If eligible, the full-time student may work up to 20 hours a week during regular program sessions and full-time during scheduled academic breaks (spring, summer, winter breaks). If the student is enrolled in an intensive program that does not have scheduled breaks, they may only work up to 20 hours a week during the regular program sessions. There are no legal limitations stopping students from working on-campus in addition to working the limit of 20 hours per week off campus.

 

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Have a valid study permit
  • Enrolled as full-time student at a Designated Learning Institute
  • Has a valid SIN Number
  • Program is at least 6 months or more in length and lead to a certificate, diploma or degree

             The student is not eligible to work off-campus if:

  • The student is an exchange or visiting student
  • Student is studying in a program- English or French as second language
  • Student is studying a general interest program

The student will need a Social Insurance Number (SIN) to work in Canada and in order to apply for one; the study permit must specifically state that the student is permitted to work on or off campus. If not, the student will need to apply to change the conditions of the permit before trying to obtain the SIN.

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