Working as an International Student
Who Is Qualified to Work?
To work as an international student in Canada you will need to comply with the following terms:
- As a full-time international student, you can work off-campus without a work permit
- You can work up to 20 hours per week during regular academic sessions
- You can work full-time during scheduled breaks, such as winter and summer holidays or spring break
- Have a valid study permit
- Be a full-time student
- Be enrolled at a Designated Learning Institution at the post-secondary level (Focus College is a Designated Learning Institution)
- Be studying in an academic, vocational or professional training program that leads to a certificate, diploma or degree. The program needs to be at least 6 months in duration
- You must stop working on the day you no longer meet the eligibility requirements listed above (e.g., if you are no longer a full-time student during an academic session).
- To work in Canada you must have a Social Insurance Number (SIN). You will receive your SIN the same day you apply for it.
- To get a SIN, visit the Service Canada Office in Kelowna or Surrey with only ONE of these documents:
- A study permit that states you “may accept employment” or “may work” in Canada
- A study permit and a “confirmation to work off-campus” letter issued by the IRCC prior to February 6, 2015
- A work permit (e.g., co-op, post-graduation, or spouse/partner work permit)
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