Thursday, November 3, 2016

Working in Canada

What you need to know

My friend told me that I can work off campus, is that true?
It depends on whether you meet the eligibility requirements and the condition to work is listed on your study permit.

What do you mean by eligibility requirements?
A full list can be found here.   
What if there is no comment about working listed on my study permit?
You can apply for an amendment to your study permit asking IRCC permission to work.

My study permit states that I am not authorized to work off-campus, what can I do to change this?
If you are studying English, i.e. EAP, or enrolled in a preparatory program leading you to a regular program, you are not permitted to work off-campus. However if you are currently in a regular program, in order to change the non-working condition you will have to apply for a new study permit and pay the required processing fee.

How many hours can I work off-campus?
If you qualify to work off-campus then you can work 20 hours per week while studying and full-time during regular scheduled breaks, e.g. summer break, holidays, Reading Week. For a clear definition of a “scheduled break” go here.

How do I get a Social Insurance Number (SIN)?
A Social Insurance Number is a 9-digit number required to work in Canada which is issued by Service Canada.  For more information regarding eligibility requirements, where to apply and application form please go here.

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