How can international students work in Canada?

cost of studying in Canada for international studentsInternational students with study permit in Canada can gain valuable work experience by working off campus while they are completing their studies in designated Canadian learning institutions.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada changed the rules regarding the off campus employment of foreign students. As of June 1, 2014, international students may qualify to work off campus without a work permit up to 20 hours per week during regular academic sessions and full-time during scheduled breaks, such as the winter and summer holidays or spring break.

In order to qualify, international student must:

  • has a valid study permit,
  • be a full-time student,
  • be enrolled at a designated learning institution at the post-secondary level or, in Quebec, a vocational program at the secondary level, and
  • be studying in an academic, vocational or professional training program that leads to a degree, diploma or certificate that is at least six months in duration.

International students now no longer need to apply for off-campus work permit after waiting for six months. Now the qualifying international students are allowed to start working on employment locations outside of their college or university.

Canada is a popular destination for international students who wish to study abroad due to comparatively lower tuition fee and option for obtaining permanent residence after completing the studies.

The new relaxed rules for international students to work in Canada without obtaining work permit also give them the chance to gain work experience in Canadian work places allowing them to integrate into the Canadian society effectively after completing the education if they decide to take advantage of the possible Canadian immigration options such as Canadian experienced class.

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