Many international students choose to work while studying in Canada for a variety of reasons, such as wanting to gain valuable work experience, earn more income, and help cover their tuition costs.
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They may or may not need a work permit depending on their circumstances and eligibility in the following cases:
1. On-campus work: A work permit is not required if the student is enrolled in a full-time post-secondary program which leads up to a post-graduate degree at a designated learning institution (a post-secondary school approved by a province or territory for international students). In this case, the student is allowed to:
2. Off-campus work permit: Depending on your student visa, you may or may not need a permit to work off-campus
3. Co-op or internship work permit:If your studies include a co-op or internship as part of the program, a valid work permit is required
4. Post-graduation work permit. If you have completed a post-graduate program with a designated learning institution, you can apply for an open work permit for up to 3 years
Should an international student qualify to work off-campus, they are allowed to work up to 20 hours per week during regular school sessions, or full-time during scheduled breaks (such as spring or summer break). After the student has completed their program and has applied for any other work permit, he or she may work full-time until the permit is obtained.