How many hours Can Student work with Study Permit

Many different questions arise when working on study permit comes into play. Full-time students are allowed to work part-time, this is a simple statement everyone knows. There are many questions still to be answered, for instance, How many hours can a student work after completing studies or when waiting for a work permit. How many hours can I work on holidays (summer/winter breaks)? Like these there are many questions arise in our mind.

In this article, we will clear out all these doubts about working on a study permit. Different people have different views but here we will see what official statements states. We also hear many stories like my roommate’s friend’s friend got work permit rejected due to XYZ reason(where XYZ could be anything). However, if you possess all the requirements you will surely get a work permit. There is no luck etc which plays a role. Like if you did not complete your studies then you cannot blame your luck. Another main reason for refusal, when you have completed your studies from a college which doesn’t make you eligible for a post-graduation work permit. Fortunately, students are getting aware of these things. Oh.. we are going off track, let’s see what CIC say about working hours for students.How many hours Can Student work with Study Permit

Working as an International Student

First thing first, you can only start working in Canada when you start your study program.

On your study permit, it’s clearly mentioned whether you are or not eligible for working ON or OFF campus in Canada.

International students can work in Canada if you meet all the following requirements:

  • Have a valid study permit which says you can work off-campus.
  • You are studying full-time at a designated learning institution (DLI) and enrolled in a post-secondary academic, vocational or professional training program, or secondary-level vocational training program (Quebec only).
  • You’ve started studying and your program in at least 6 months long, and on completion you would be offered by degree, diploma or certificate.
  • You have a Social Insurance Number (SIN)

How many hours Can Student work with Study Permit

During regular school semesters, you can work up to 20 hours. However, if you have not started your studies then you are not permitted to work. You can start working after you start studying.

Can I work full time in official (scheduled) Break: Yes you can, Students are permitted to engage in full-time work during a regularly scheduled break between academic sessions.

International Student Working after completing Studies

If they have had the study permit but completed a program of study and you meet all requirement mentioned above. Along with that, you have applied for a work permit before the expiry of that study permit and waiting for a decision. You can also work full time if you’re starting a new study program. However, only if you start your new program within 150 calendar days of receiving the confirmation that you completed your previous program.

Official Statements about the above details (follow the link) – For more details and reference about work off campus as an international student follow the link provided below.

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It is quite easy to research anything here in Canada. Above is the list of websites which have been concerned before writing this article. Sometimes there is a minor change in rules and laws that we may miss to update. So, it highly recommended please follow the link above (where click here is mentioned). You will get all the information that you need to decide which state you can work full time and which time part-time.

You can also like to read the life of an International Student at Lambton College.

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