The good news is….. YES!
Foreign students in Canada can find work inside and outside of their campus in order to earn additional income and supplement their educational and living expenses. Aside from this, working while studying can also open the door for more opportunities.
According to a reliable Canadian immigration lawyer consulting for Living and Working in Canada, the policy that allows foreign students to work is aimed at providing the students with sufficient work experience and increasing their contacts so that it will be easy for them to find work, and even file for permanent residency, in the future.
So, where can you find work while studying in Canada? Well, there are various programs that can help you get employment. Below are the most common:
Most universities in Canada offer on-campus jobs, which are accessible via the career and placement office in each university and via online job postings in various fields and faculties in the campus.
If you are studying in public post-secondary institution, a private post-secondary institution operating under the same rules and regulations as a public institution and receiving half of its overall operations budget from government grants, or a private institution authorized by provincial statute to offer degrees, then you don’t even need a work permit to work on campus.
All you need is a study permit and proof that you’re studying full-time in any of the mentioned institutions to be able to apply for an on-campus job.
If there’s no available work on your campus, you can find work outside. You need an off-campus work permit for this, and the requirements for the said permit are different. But, they are not difficult to meet:
1) You need to be studying full-time in an authorized institution (publicly funded educational institution or eligible privately funded institution)
2) You need to maintain your good standing in the university as a full-time student
3) You need to have been studying for 6 months during the past year prior to your application for a permit
There is a set schedule for working off-campus. Students can only work up to 20 hours weekly during the academic season. Full-time work is allowed only during the winter, the summer holidays, and during spring break. Students of some programs in private institutions may not be eligible for off-campus work. So if you’re studying in a private school, you may need to inquire at your school to know if you’re qualified.
Internship (Co-op) Program
Most educational institutions include internship as part of certain programs, so you can have a chance to work and gain experience. For this, you’ll need both a study permit and a work permit. The employment should be relevant to your field, and you’ll need a letter from an academic official stating that the internship is indeed part of the study. Lastly, the internship shouldn’t consume more than half of the total program.
The experience you’ll get when you work under any of the study programs mentioned above can help you apply for permanent residency under the various immigration programs offered by Canada. Among these are the Canada Experience Class and Quebec Skilled Worker Class, as well as the various provincial nominee programs.
Open Work Permit Offered to the Spouse of International Students
If you’re studying in Canada and you have a spouse (or common-law partner), your partner can have an open work permit so that he can find employment. This permit is valid as long as your study permit is valid and you are studying full-time. And the good news is that he can have the open work permit even if he has no job offer. He can come to Canada and then find a job when he’s already inside the country.
With the above information, you now have a better idea on what your permanent residence options are if you choose to work and study in Canada. Canada, at present, wants Canadian experienced and educated people – and the government is working hard for graduates of Canadian educational institutions make it as easy as possible to become future residents and citizens.