Study and Work in Canada
You may work on
campus at the institution where you study without a work permit, if you are
a full-time student at a publicly-funded post-secondary institution or a
private institution authorized by provincial statute to confer degrees.
You require a work permit if the intended employment is an essential and
integral part of your course of study (this does not apply to accounting
students, medical interns or medical residents); or if the intended
employment is related to an approved research or training program.
Off-Campus Work - NEW!:
Off-Campus Work Permit Program allows foreign students at some
publicly-funded post-secondary educational institutions in Canada to
work off campus while completing their studies. For eligibility and
requirements see the Working Off-Campus section of the Citizenship and
Immigration Canada website.
The post-graduation work program allows some
graduating students to gain Canadian work experience in their field of
study. Since May 16, 2005, this program has allowed certain students to work
for up to two years after their graduation. For eligibility and requirements
Post-Graduation Work Permits
section of the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website.
Note: In some circumstances,
the work permit may be valid for less time than the length of your studies.
Other Work and Study Programs
Find an answer for all this Question:
1- How do I find out if I can work while studying in
2- Can I still work in Canada even if I don’t apply under a student-related
work permit program?
3- If I receive an off-campus work permit for how long is it valid?
4- Is there a fee to apply for an off-campus work permit?
5- Once I apply for an off-campus work permit, how long will it take to
process my application?
6- If I am eligible and the institution where I study is participating in
the program, can I apply for a job off campus right away, or do I have to
wait until I receive my off-campus work permit?
7- Are there any restrictions on where I can work or the type of job that I
can apply for under the Off-Campus Work Program?
8- Are there any restrictions on how many hours I can work once I receive my
off-campus work permit?
9- I am considering studying in Canada. Can I apply for an off-campus work
permit at the same time as I apply for my study permit?
10- What must I do to extend my stay or change my status (for example, from
a full-time student to a full-time worker)?
11- Why is the Off-Campus Work Permit Program not available to foreign
students when they start their studies?
12- How do I find out if the institution where I study participates in the
Off-Campus Work Permit Program?
I leave Canada and return?
should your student authorization expire while you are out of Canada, you
may not be allowed to return to study. If you initially required a visitor
visa in addition to a study permit, you will be able to return to Canada
providing your visa, passport and study permit are valid.