Determine if you can work off campus

For all study permit holders from visa-exempt countries:

A study permit is not a visa. It does not give you the right to board your flight to Canada. Along with your permit, you will need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to fly to Canada.

If you are from a visa-exempt country and received your study permit before August 1, 2015, you will need to apply for eTA if you leave Canada and return by air.

If you received your initial permit on or after August 1, 2015, you were automatically issued an eTA along with your permit.

If you renew a study permit, an eTA is not automatically renewed or issued to you. You need to apply for one separately. See Extend your study permit.

Valid: For a document—legal, not expired, and accepted by CIC.

Designated Learning Institution: A school in Canada that a student must be accepted at before they can qualify for a study permit (as of June 1, 2014). Consult the list.

Full time study status : Full time study status is determined by your educational institution (school).
It is usually based on the number of classroom hours per week.

English as a second language (ESL) : A program used to teach English to non-native speakers. ESL is usually taught in a setting where English is the dominant language.

French as a second language (FSL) : A program used to teach French to non-native speakers. FSL is usually taught in a setting where French is the dominant language.

Academic program: A post-secondary program that awards an academic degree, diploma or professional certification. This program is often delivered at universities, colleges, seminaries and institutes of technology.

Vocational training: A preparation for a specific occupation in industry, agriculture or trade. This training generally includes technical, organizational and basic skills training. It may be offered through on-the-job programs, by unions in conjunction with businesses, by community colleges or universities in conjunction with a specific industry, and by private career colleges..

Professional training: A type of training usually offered to a person who is already a professional in a given field. This type of training is usually recognized as meeting an official standard of an industry, association, or profession.

Designated Learning Institution: A school in Canada that a student must be accepted at before they can qualify for a study permit (as of June 1, 2014). Consult the list.

Full time study status : Full time study status is determined by your educational institution (school). It is usually based on the number of classroom hours per week.

English as a second language (ESL) : A program used to teach English to non-native speakers. ESL is usually taught in a setting where English is the dominant language.

French as a second language (FSL) : A program used to teach French to non-native speakers. FSL is usually taught in a setting where French is the dominant language.

Academic program: A post-secondary program that awards an academic degree, diploma or professional certification. This program is often delivered at universities, colleges, seminaries and institutes of technology.

Vocational training: A preparation for a specific occupation in industry, agriculture or trade. This training generally includes technical, organizational and basic skills training. It may be offered through on-the-job programs, by unions in conjunction with businesses, by community colleges or universities in conjunction with a specific industry, and by private career colleges..

Professional training: A type of training usually offered to a person who is already a professional in a given field. This type of training is usually recognized as meeting an official standard of an industry, association, or profession.

You cannot work off campus without a work permit.

However, you may apply to get a work permit. For information, see Get a work permit.

To be able to work off campus without a work permit, you must:

  • Have a valid study permit,
  • Attend a designated learning institution,
  • Maintain full-time status at the designated learning institution, and
  • Be enrolled in an academic, vocational or professional training program that is six months or longer and that leads to a degree, diploma or certificate.

Designated learning institution: A school in Canada that a student must be accepted at before they can qualify for a study permit (as of June 1, 2014).

Academic program: A post-secondary program that awards an academic degree, diploma or professional certification. This program is often delivered at universities, colleges, seminaries and institutes of technology.

Vocational training: A preparation for a specific occupation in industry, agriculture or trade. This training generally includes technical, organizational and basic skills training. It may be offered through on-the-job programs, by unions in conjunction with businesses, by community colleges or universities in conjunction with a specific industry, and by private career colleges..

Professional training: A type of training usually offered to a person who is already a professional in a given field. This type of training is usually recognized as meeting an official standard of an industry, association, or profession.

You may be eligible to work off campus without a work permit.

You must meet the following conditions:

  • not work more than 20 hours a week during academic sessions,
  • maintain full-time status at a designated learning institution, and
  • remain enrolled in an academic, vocational or professional training program that is six months or longer and that leads to a degree, diploma or certificate.

If you applied for a study permit prior to June 1, 2014, you may be asked to present a confirmation to work off campus document issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) when you apply for a Social Insurance Number from Service Canada.

Designated learning institution: A school in Canada that a student must be accepted at before they can qualify for a study permit (as of June 1, 2014).

Academic program: A post-secondary program that awards an academic degree, diploma or professional certification. This program is often delivered at universities, colleges, seminaries and institutes of technology.

Vocational training: A preparation for a specific occupation in industry, agriculture or trade. This training generally includes technical, organizational and basic skills training. It may be offered through on-the-job programs, by unions in conjunction with businesses, by community colleges or universities in conjunction with a specific industry, and by private career colleges..

Professional training: A type of training usually offered to a person who is already a professional in a given field. This type of training is usually recognized as meeting an official standard of an industry, association, or profession.

You may continue to work off campus until your work permit expires.

You must meet the following conditions:

  • not work more than 20 hours a week during academic sessions,
  • maintain full-time status at your institution,
  • maintain satisfactory academic standing, and
  • remain enrolled in an academic, vocational or professional training program that is six months or longer and that leads to a degree, diploma or certificate.

Academic program: A post-secondary program that awards an academic degree, diploma or professional certification. This program is often delivered at universities, colleges, seminaries and institutes of technology.

Vocational training: A preparation for a specific occupation in industry, agriculture or trade. This training generally includes technical, organizational and basic skills training. It may be offered through on-the-job programs, by unions in conjunction with businesses, by community colleges or universities in conjunction with a specific industry, and by private career colleges..

Professional training: A type of training usually offered to a person who is already a professional in a given field. This type of training is usually recognized as meeting an official standard of an industry, association, or profession.

You can no longer work off campus.

To be able to work off campus, you must:

  • Have a valid study permit, or a study permit and a work permit under the Off-Campus Work Permit Program;
  • Attend a designated learning institution;
  • Maintain full-time status at the designated learning institution; and
  • Be enrolled in an academic, vocational or professional training program that is six months or longer and that leads to a degree, diploma or certificate.

Designated learning institution: A school in Canada that a student must be accepted at before they can qualify for a study permit (as of June 1, 2014).

Academic program: A post-secondary program that awards an academic degree, diploma or professional certification. This program is often delivered at universities, colleges, seminaries and institutes of technology.

Vocational training: A preparation for a specific occupation in industry, agriculture or trade. This training generally includes technical, organizational and basic skills training. It may be offered through on-the-job programs, by unions in conjunction with businesses, by community colleges or universities in conjunction with a specific industry, and by private career colleges..

Professional training: A type of training usually offered to a person who is already a professional in a given field. This type of training is usually recognized as meeting an official standard of an industry, association, or profession.

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