Employment in Canada: Gain work experience as an international student

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Employment in Canada: Gain work experience as an international student

 

Did you know that you can gain valuable work experience while you are a student in Canada? As an international student is Canada you are able to work part time in a few different ways without a work permit.  You may be able to work on campus or off campus while studying in Canada without a work permit if you meet the certain requirements. Read the information below to see all the information and requirements for studying and working in Canada.   

All info was retrieved from the www.cic.gc.ca

Work as a Co-op or Intern

There are a few programs where work experience is part of the curriculum. This is called a co-op or internship. International students who want to study with a co-op or internship program must apply for a work permit as well as the student permit.

You will not be eligible to work during your studies if:

  • you study English or French as a second language (ESL/FSL), or
  • you participate in general interest or preparatory courses.

Are you eligible?

To be eligible for this work permit you must meet the following requirements:

  • you must have a valid study permit
  • the employment must be a necessary part of your program when you are studying in Canada
  • the employment must be part of the academic/vocational/professional training program offered by a school. You must get a certified letter from an academic official of the institution.
  • The co-op/internship cannot be more the 50% of the total time of your program.

You will not be eligible to work during your studies if:

  • you study English or French as a second language
  • you participate in general interest / preparatory courses.

Work Part Time on Campus

You can also work part time, on campus with a study permit. You do not need a work permit to work on campus if you meet these requirements.

You are a full-time student at:

  • a public post-secondary institution, such as a college or university, or a collège d’enseignement général et professionnel (CEGEP) in Quebec
  • a private post-secondary institution that operates under the same rules and regulations as a public institution, and receives at least 50 percent of its financing for its overall operations from government grants (currently only private college-level educational institutions in Quebec qualify) or
  • a Canadian private institution authorized by provincial statute to confer degrees and you have a valid study permit.

See the info on the Government of Canada website.  

Work Part Time off Campus

An international student in Canada can gain work experience from working off campus while you are studying. You do not need to have a work permit to work off campus. Your study permit will allow you to work part time if you qualify.

When can you work?

  • up to 20 hours per week during regular academic sessions
  • full-time during scheduled breaks, such as the winter and summer holidays or spring break.

Qualifications:

  • valid study permit,
  • be a full-time student,
  • be enrolled at a designated learning institution at the post-secondary level
  • study an academic, vocational or professional training program that leads to a degree
  • diploma / certificate minimum 6 months duration

See the info on the Government of Canada website. 

Confirmation to Work Off Campus

“As of February 2, 2015, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) is no longer issuing confirmation to work off campus documents. If you were previously issued a confirmation to work off campus document by CIC, you may continue to present it to Service Canada in order to apply for a SIN.” via the Government of Canada.  

*Note: When you have completed your studies you must stop working on or off campus. Read our “Working in Canada After You Graduate” blog, for information on how to work in Canada after you have graduated! 

 Social Insurance Number

For all these types of work you will be required to have a Social Insurance Number (SIN). You will have to obtain this from Service Canada so you can receive the benefits/services from the government. How do you apply for a SIN? Go HERE

student must have one of the follow statements printed on your study permit in order for you to apply for your SIN.

On Campus work:

  • May accept employment on the campus of the institution at which registered in full-time studies
  • May accept employment on or off campus if meeting eligibility criteria as per R186(f), (v) or (w). Must cease working if no longer meeting these criteria

Off-campus work:

  • May work 20 hrs per week off-campus or full-time during regular breaks if meeting criteria outlined in section186(v) of IRPR
  • May accept employment on or off campus if meeting eligibility criteria as per R186(f), (v) or (w). Must cease working if no longer meeting these criteria

 

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. No payment is required for this request.

 

Working while you study will give a student great experience as well as some money to pay for their expenses. Where would you want to work while you are studying abroad? Do you think study on campus or off campus would be more fun? Let us know in the comments below. If you are wanting to apply to a school in Canada visit www.applyboard.com!

 

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