If you have a Study Permit, then working may be easier than you think it is. Canada makes provisions for students who need or want to work while pursuing a certification, degree, or graduate degree from an accredited Canadian institution.
CIP is happy to walk you through the requirements, as well as to walk you through your next steps should your situation change. Keep our number close—we can help you after you graduate, too!
Foreign/International students with a valid study permit may work off-campus while studying in Canada.
In order to be eligible to work off campus, international students must:
- Hold a valid Study Permit;
- Be studying at a designated learning institution at the post-secondary level or, in Quebec, a vocational program at the secondary level.
- Remain in satisfactory academic standing as determined by their institution; and
- Be studying in an academic, vocational or professional training program that leads to a degree, diploma or certificate that is at least six months in duration.
International students in Canada must stop working on the day they no longer meet the above eligibility requirements (e.g., if they are no longer a full-time student during an academic session), unless otherwise authorized to do so by having applied for a work permit.
The following international students are not eligible to work off-campus:
- Students enrolled in an English as a Second Language or French as a Second Language program;
- Students taking a general interest course or program; and
- Visiting or exchange students at a designated learning institution.
Once the international student graduates, a Post-Graduation Work Permit may be obtained.
Don’t get stressed over your right to work in Canada. Contact CIP if you have any questions about your eligibility or status. We’ll be happy to review your unique situation and provide you with the advice, insight, and information you need to pursue all of your educational and financial goals. Contact us today.