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International Student Work Permit

Many international students choose to work while studying in Canada for a variety of reasons, such as wanting to gain valuable work experience, earn more income, and help cover their tuition costs.

If you want to work in Canada and don’t know where to start – we can help you with selecting your options and the most appropriate immigration stream that is available for foreign workers. To start, those who wish to work in Canada, whether it’s long-term or short-term, must obtain a valid work permit.

Exemptions

Professions that do not require a work permit:

1. Foreign Representatives and their family members
2. Military Personnel
3. Foreign Government Officers
4. On-Campus Work
5. Performing Artists
6. Athletes and Team Members
7. News Reporters and Media Crews
8. Public Speakers (only non-commercial speakers)
9. Convention & Conference Organizers (excluding technical workers & personnel)
10. Members of Clergy
11. Judges, Referees and Similar Officials involved in sports and arts activities
12. Examiners and Evaluators
13. Expert Witnesses or Investigators
14. Health Care Students
15. Civil Aviation Inspectors
16. Crew Members
17. Emergency Service Providers
18. Farm Workers

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International Student Work Permit

Many international students choose to work while studying in Canada for a variety of reasons, such as wanting to gain valuable work experience, earn more income, and help cover their tuition costs.

They may or may not need a work permit depending on their circumstances and eligibility in the following cases:

1. On-campus work: A work permit is not required if the student is enrolled in a full-time post-secondary program which leads up to a post-graduate degree at a designated learning institution (a post-secondary school approved by a province or territory for international students). In this case, the student is allowed to:

– Work at the school (such as with a faculty member)

– If the student is working as a teaching or research assistant, they are permitted to work a separate institution that is associated with the school (such as a library, hospital, or research facility) even if it is not physically located on the campus

– Work for a student organization

– Work for a private contractor

– Work for a business that provides on-campus services at the school

– Be self-employed

2. Off-campus work permit: Depending on your student visa, you may or may not need a permit to work off-campus

3. Co-op or internship work permit:If your studies include a co-op or internship as part of the program, a valid work permit is required

4. Post-graduation work permit. If you have completed a post-graduate program with a designated learning institution, you can apply for an open work permit for up to 3 years