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Work While Studying

Work While Studying

Work While Studying

International students can make their stay more rewarding by working while studying in Canada. Working on-campus or off-campus will help you earn money to support your living and tuition expenses. International students can gain work experience without applying for a work permit in Canada.

Work authorization is a crucial aspect of a Canadian study permit that gives students the right to work on-campus or off-campus. One should apply for a co-op work permit if the study program mandates work experience. Knowledgeable immigration professionals can help you plan your journey to become a permanent resident in Canada by gaining work experience while studying and after your studies.

On-campus working opportunities 

International full-time students in Canada pursuing their studies in private or public postsecondary institutions can find work on-campus as a faculty member in school or operate their own business like a coffee shop. They can also work for a firm providing on-campus services.

You must meet the following requirements to work on-campus:

  • Have a valid study permit
  • Hold a Social Insurance Number
  • Student at college or university
  • Studying at a private school in Canada having authority to award degrees

You can find work on-campus through employers providing various services. You may choose to become a self-employed student. The location of on-campus work should be within the premises of the learning institute.

Working off-campus

Your study permit authorizes you to work for a maximum of 20 hours a week during the term. You can also work full-time during long breaks or holidays. Some study programs may begin as full-time but will become part-time towards the end. These programs may allow the students an opportunity to work off-campus. The following are a few conditions to work off-campus while studying:

  • The study permit allows off-campus work
  • Hold a Social Index Number
  • The study program duration is more than six months
  • The study program is in progress and will lead to a certificate, diploma, or a degree

The work experience through an off-campus job will help you add significant value to your profile and the field of interest. It will also qualify you to earn a full-time job after finishing your studies. Working off-campus improves your networking abilities and also polishes your language skills.

Co-op Work permits

You must apply for a co-work permit for a study program at any Canadian Designated Learning Institution that mandates an internship or a job placement. The co-op work permit is not associated with the authority to work on a study permit and is a separate work permit. It allows students to work if such work is an essential aspect of the study program.

Several study programs require a student to earn program credits through work experience. The following type of work experiences may be mandatory:

  • Paid or unpaid internships
  • Clinical work
  • Field working jobs
  • Volunteer work assignments

You need not pay any fees to get a co-op work permit. Students can take up full-time jobs during the semester as per the work placement rules of the Designated Learning Institution. The co-op work permit also authorizes international students to take up jobs that may have no relation to the work placement by DLI.

You will have the opportunity to stay in Canada after completing your graduation by applying for a Post Graduate Work Permit. Finding a job in Canada will be a lot easier with your on-campus and off-campus work experience.

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