Working in Canada as an international student
Are you interested in working in Canada during or after your studies? There are a number of options available to you. However, it is important for you to understand the eligibility criteria and applicable conditions in order to avoid violating any of the conditions for study permit holders or immigration laws.
In addition to the applicable immigration legislation, you will need information concerning your Social Insurance Number (SIN), Canadian labour standards and your tax obligations, and above all, you must ensure that studying always remains your primary activity.
COVID-19: special measures in short
Social Insurance Number: Since the beginning of the pandemic, it has been possible to apply online or by mail. It is important to note that this procedure may take several weeks. For more detailed information, please consult the Service Canada website.
Eligibility for a post-graduation work permit (PGWP): IRCC has confirmed that having followed courses online between March 2020 and December 2021 will not affect eligibility for a PGWP, regardless of whether the courses were followed from inside Canada or from abroad.
Applying for a work permit at a point of entry: Going to a land border to obtain immigration services or documents is strongly discouraged. You may be subjected to the mandatory 14-day quarantine upon your return to Canada, at the discretion of the Customs Agent.
In order to be able to enter Canada, graduating students who have submitted an application for a PGWP from abroad must be exempted from travel restrictions. Applying for a PGWP upon arrival at the Canadian border is not an option at the present time.
To find out about the special measures surrounding the right to work and your immigration documents during the pandemic, consult: