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Depending on your program, you may be eligible to work while studying.

Full-time students no longer need a work permit if they are enrolled full-time. Study permits will automatically authorize the holder to work off-campus for up to 20 hours per week during the academic session, and full-time during scheduled breaks, without the need to apply for a separate work permit. The study permit holder must be pursuing academic, vocational or professional training of six months or more that leads to a degree, diploma or certificate at a designated institution.

To work in Canada, international students must be registered and enrolled at a designated learning instituation and obtain a Social Insurance Number (SIN) from Service Canada. Additionally, they must continue to meet the conditions of their study permit to remain eligible to work off-campus.

International students participating in general interest or preparatory courses, or studying English or French as a second language (ESL/FSL), will not be eligible to work in Canada during their studies. It is the responsibility of the individual and of their employer to ensure that they are eligible before beginning work in Canada. International students who begin working in Canada without meeting the eligibility requirements may be subject to enforcement action under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations.

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