Working as an International Student

Interested in working while you study in Canada at Focus College? Get all the information right here

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

You must:

  • 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

Important Information

  • 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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If you’re interested in learning more about Focus College’s training programs and a career in Business, IT, or Travel and Tourism and exploring whether online distance education is right for you, fill out the form on this page to receive more information.

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Focus College response to Covid-19

Updated March 16, 2020

Due to the current pandemic and the desire to protect the health of our students, Focus College is taking measures which incorporate social isolation.

For current students:

We are suspending our Advanced Diploma and Office Manager courses for the week of March 16-20th, to allow for temporary distance learning to be set up. If any students do not have access to a computer from home, we request that they notify the college immediately. Further information on how courses will be delivered will be available as the week goes on. Please monitor your student email for further information throughout the week.


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