Note: Foreign nationals studying in Canada are advised to remain registered at a designated educational institution, and must obtain a Social Insurance Number from the Government of Canada (Service Canada).
If you hold a pre-existing Canada study permit and OCWP as of June 1st, 2014 – you may continue to work as per the conditions stated in your OCWP, or as per the new regulation (i.e. 20hrs/week during regular academic session and full-time during academic breaks).
If you have applied for a Canada study permit after June 1, 2014 – the new requirements related to your eligibility to work off-campus will be clearly mentioned on your study permit.
In either of the aforementioned scenarios, students should continue to meet the requirements of their study permit in order to qualify for off-campus work eligibility in Canada.
Note: Students participating in English or French as a second language classes (ESL/FSL), or in general interest courses, are not eligible to work during studies without having a positive Labor Market Impact Assessment.
It is solely the student’s responsibility to confirm his or her eligibility to work off-campus without having a work permit, prior to employment commencement. If not appropriately done, it can result in immediate prosecution and fines for both, the employee and employer.
Changes to Co-Op and Intern Work Permits: Co-Op and intern Work Permits are only be available to those foreign students whose study program incorporates a co-op placement or internship employment at a secondary school or other educational institution designated by a provincial or territorial government. Either of these two programs related to employment cannot constitute more than 50% of the total program of study in Canada.
Implied Status w.r.t. Post-Graduation Work Permit:
Once a student completes his or her study program, those who have applied for a Post-Graduation Work Permit are allowed to maintain full-time employment while awaiting a decision on their application.
Spouses of International Students: The spouse, or common-law partner, of a foreign student may be eligible to apply for a study permit in Canada or an open work permit. However, it is imperative to note that the open work permit will be valid for the same duration as his or her spouse’s study permit.