Give back your work permit

As the holder of an Off-Campus Work Permit, you must voluntarily surrender your work permit to the nearest local CIC office, either in person or by mail, if you have become ineligible for the program.

You are ineligible for the program if:

  • you are no longer studying full time; or
  • you can not maintain satisfactory academic results (find more information about satisfactory academic standards in the Related Links section at the bottom of this page); or
  • you are no longer studying at a participating institution.

It is illegal to work in Canada if your work permit is invalid.

How to surrender your work permit

You can surrender your work permit by mailing it to a CIC office (it must be the original document, not a copy) along with a note stating the reason for surrendering the permit. (See below for what information is required in the written note.)

Find a CIC office near to you.

If you do surrender your work permit to a local CIC office, you can reapply to the Off-Campus Work Permit Program if you become eligible again. You can reapply to the program after a minimum of six months, if you once again have become eligible for at least six of the 12 months preceding your new application. Find more information on eligibility.

If you do not surrender your work permit to a local CIC office, you will be found to be non-compliant. It is illegal to work in Canada if your work permit is invalid. This could have a negative impact on your stay in Canada, and any applications you make to come to Canada in the future.

Information required in your note when surrendering your work permit

You must include a written note when you return your work permit.

This is the type of information to be included in the note attached to the surrendered work permit:

Family name, first name and initials:
Full name of student as shown in the student’s identity document (for example, passport/travel documents, birth certificate, alien resident card or national ID card)

CIC Client ID number:

Date when you no longer satisfy the program eligibility requirements: yyyy/mm/dd

Reason(s) for becoming ineligible:

  • You are no longer studying full time.
  • You are no longer achieving satisfactory academic standing.
  • You are no longer studying at a participating institution.
  • Other reasons:

Note: It is illegal for you to work in Canada without a valid work permit.

 
 
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