how to work and study in canada

How To Study And Work In Canada

Canada is a host for both local and foreign students. Students apply for study in various institutions in Canada from any part of the world. Canada has a high Educational standard and its certificate is respected globally.

Students who apply to study in Canada may also wish to work while studying or may wish to change their study permit to a work permit before or after graduation.

International students may also wish to work on or off-campus. Your course of study may determine if you can work on or off-campus and the designated hours to do so.

 As a foreign student in Canada, you must follow the laid down steps to become eligible to work and study.

 in this article we will be showing you steps to study and work in Canada, we will also answer related questions you may want to find answers to

How Can I Study And Work In Canada?

If you are currently studying in Canada as a full-time student, you can also work part-time or full-time during breaks. To do this, you must have a Study permit that indicates that you are permitted to study and work in Canada.

What if your study permit doesn’t indicate that you are permitted to study and work, what should you do?

You can also apply for adjustment in your study permit to indicate that you will be working while studying.

The following are requirements a student must meet to study and work in Canada:

Requirement 1: you must have a Canadian Study permit that indicates that you will work while studying.

Requirement 2: you must maintain good academic standing in your institution of learning.

Requirement 3: you must hold a degree or diploma certificate of at least 6months duration in an academic, vocational, or professional training program.

Requirement 4: you must study in the stipulated studying institution at a post-secondary level leading to a certificate.

Are There Permitted Hours To Work Using A Student Visa?

You may also be wondering if there is a stipulated hour that you can only work as a full-time student in Canada. Yes is the answer.

As a student who wants to work with a student visa, you are allowed to work up to 20hrs per week.

If you qualify to work off-campus, you can work in the following circumstances for 20hrs a week.

  • When there is a regular school session or if you are studying an intensive program with no scheduled break.
  • If you are a full-time student studying in your designated learning institution.
  • If you are a part-time student studying to complete the last session of your program.
  • If you are a graduate student who has finished his degree.

You can also work full-time in the following situations:

  • When there is a winter, summer, or spring break.
  • When you are a graduate who has applied for a work permit.

Eligibility requirements Work Or Not To Off-Campus.

The following are requirements you must meet to work off-campus without a work permit:

  • You must possess a Canadian Study permit.
  • You must already be studying
  • You must possess a social insurance number.
  • You must be studying in a program where you will be granted a certificate or degree that is at least 6 months long.

You may not be eligible to work off-campus in the following situations:

  • If your course of study is English or French as a second language.
  • If you are taking courses to prepare you for another program.
  • If you are a visiting Student.

How Can You Change To A Work Permit Before Completing Your Studies In Canada?

If you are a student who wishes to change to a work permit before completion of your studies, you must get a labor market impact assessment.

A Labour impact assessment  (LMIA) is issued by an employer to an employee alongside a work permit application stating that the employer was not able to find a citizen who can fill a certain job role.

If you want to change your study permit to a work permit, you will need the Labour market impact assessment to support your work permit application. Before making these changes, you must inform immigration services that you want to terminate your studies and obtain a work permit.

Be sure that the job offer is valid and that you have a status in Canada. If not, you may be asked to leave the country.

How Can You Change Your Study Permit To A Work Permit After Studies In Canada?

If you wish to change your study permit to a work permit after graduating from a designated learning institution (DLI), you may be eligible for a postgraduate work permit also known as an open work permit. If you apply for a postgraduate work permit after graduation, you may be able to work in Canada for up to 3 years.

International students who successfully obtain a postgraduate work permit are not subjected to work for a specific employer, occupation, or location. If you have a post-graduate work permit, you have the freedom to work anywhere and for anyone in Canada.

Note that you can only apply for the postgraduate work permit within 180 days after graduating from a designated learning institution.


If you wish to work and study in Canada during and after your studies, you should consider the steps and eligibility requirements explained above.

Note that it is much more beneficial to work while studying or apply for a work permit after graduation instead of termination of studies to work.

You can apply for a study permit or a work permit in or outside Canada.

Failure to consult and inform related authorities like the immigration commission, and refugees commission of your decision to stop studies to obtain a work permit may lead to disapproval of your work permit application in Canada.


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