If you are an international student looking to support yourself while completing your study courses in Canada, you do not need a work permit to start working.
In most cases, having a study permit for temporary residence and being a full-time student authorizes you to work off-campus for 20 hours per week during the academic season and full-time during scheduled breaks such as your summer or winter vacations. You do not need to apply for a work permit.
Who Qualifies for Working Off-Campus?
You need to fulfill the following requirements to be eligible to work off-campus:
- You are enrolled at a designated learning institution.
- You are pursuing an academic, vocational, or professional training program
- You possess a Social Insurance Number (SIN)
- Your study program is for 6 months or more
- You have already started your course
- Your program concludes with a degree, diploma, or a certificate
What are the Requirements of Working Off-Campus?
Being an international student studying in a designated institution authorizes you to work without a work permit off-campus. This means you are allowed to work in any occupation in Canada with any employer. You can also work on campus if you wish.
Working on campus means working for any employer within the university or college campus.
Working off-campus means working for an employer outside of the university or college campus.
If you are enrolled in a general interest, preparatory course, or studying English or French as a second language, you will not be eligible to work off-campus.
If you wish to work in the situations discussed above, your employer will be responsible to ensure that you have a work permit before beginning to work in Canada.
There are specific conditions for working off-campus. You must not work for more than 20 hours per week during the academic season. However, you are allowed to work full-time during scheduled breaks.
Having a study permit does not automatically authorize you to work off-campus. There are certain cases where a study permit does not allow you to work while studying in Canada. The study permit is for programs that are for 6 months or longer.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Working Off-Campus
There is no specific limit to the number of hours you are permitted to work on campus. However, it is advisable to avoid working for more than 15-20 hours per week to avoid negatively impacting your studies.
There are many ways available to trace your work history: through university compliance records or payment records, etc.
A post-graduate work permit allows you to stay and legally work in Canada for a period of time after your study is complete. It is an open work permit that authorizes you to work with any employer in Canada.
You are authorized to work for 20 hours per week. Working more than that will violate your study permit.
As an international student, You are authorized to work up to 20 hours per week during the academic season and 40 hours per week during vacation. Students get paid by the minimum wage rate which is approximately equal to $10.25 CAD to $15 CAD per hour.
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