Work as a Student

Studying in Canada offers a great opportunity for anyone wanting a world-class education while also working. Whether you choose to work on campus at the university or off-campus as an intern, international students can earn money while also gaining valuable work experience.

Work on and off campus

Working without a permit is offered to full-time students at a public post-secondary institution such as a college or university, or a private post-secondary institution operating under the same rules and regulations as a public institution. You must have a valid study permit and a SIN (Social Insurance number) to qualify.

Working off campus as an intern can give you valuable experience in your field of interest.  As a study permit holder, you can work up to 20 hours per week during the term and work full-time during your holidays, though you must be a full-time student.

Work as an intern

Some academic programs require that you gain work experience as part of the curriculum and in this case, it does mean that you will need to apply for a work permit as well as a study permit.

To qualify, you will need to make sure that your intended employment is an essential part of your study program and you must obtain a certified letter from a responsible academic official of the institution.

Unfortunately, you will not qualify if you study English or French as a second language (ESL/FSL), or if you participate in general interest or preparatory courses.

Help your spouse find a job while you study

Canada has also made it possible to bring your spouse or common-law partner along for your study journey. If you are a full-time student with a valid study permit at a public post-secondary institution or private post-secondary institution that operates under the same rules and regulations as a public institution, you may qualify.

Your partner will have access to an open work permit, which means that they do not need a job offer to move to Canada. They will have the opportunity to apply for a job in Canada and work for as long as the course is running.

Do you want to come to Canada? At we make applying for your visa simple. Fill out the form above and one of our account managers will call you to begin your Canadian visa application process.






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