Questions, Answers on Working in Canada – Int’l Student

Working in Canada as an international student is something many lookout for. Canada gives its international students who are enrolled full-time in Designated Learning Institutions (DLIs) the opportunity to work part-time during school sessions and full-time during the breaks.

There are many questions you may have regarding work and study in Canada. This article seeks to answer the most prominent ones.

Can I do Work and Study in Canada as a Part-Time Student?

International students who are enrolled as part-time students in Canada are not allowed to work while studying.

If you started off as a full-time student and then dropped some courses, later on, you must stop working immediately.  Part-time students may however be able to work in Canada during their final semester.

How Many Hours Can I Work in Canada as an International Student?

Full-time international students can work for up to 20 hours per week in Canada when the school is in session.

During the breaks, you may work full-time or take two part-time jobs if you wish. If you obtain Post Graduate Work Permit after your studies, you are also entitled to working full-time in Canada. Working full-time in Canada means working for up to 40 hours per week.

Any student that works more than the hours designated per season is liable to punishment which could be forfeiting of student status. If you forfeit your student status as a foreign student you will have to vacate the county since your study permit will no longer be valid.

How Much Can I Earn by Working as an International Student in Canada?

Most international students who work part-time in Canada are paid per hour of work. The average international student earns 8 to 10 Canadian Dollars per hour as a part-time worker. Co-op students who work full-time may earn a little more than that.

How can I get Jobs as an International Student in Canada?

Canadian organizations readily offer part-time jobs to international students who are willing to take them. Most DLIs have a means of providing information on job vacancies to their students.

You can reach out to the student services of your school concerning this. Your school may also offer part-time employment to students. This is known as working on-campus.

If you are particular about getting off-campus competitive and in-demand jobs, you should consider upgrading your resume to adapt to the accepted format in Canada as employees will demand you to submit it.

You can make use of job-finding apps and tools available on the World Wide Web to search for jobs that are relevant to you.

International students can also utilize their social media platforms to network with Canadian residents and business owners who may have job opportunities for them at any time.

What about Co-op, Internship, or Practicum Students?

Some programs include terms when students are supposed to take co-op, practicum, or internship opportunities.

In either instance, students are to work for an organization for a stipulated period of time. The job description at the organization must be relevant to the programs of such students.

If you are taking any of these programs, you will need to apply (for free) for a co-op work permit.

This is not the same as the study permit which permits you to stay in Canada as an international student. With the co-op work permit, you can work full time during academic terms.

When you are applying for a study permit, your acceptance letter, which you must render to the immigration office contains details on the internship or co-op requirements of your program.

You should also include this important information when filling the online application form for a study permit.

It may take up to a couple of months to process the co-op work permit. You should therefore start applying for the permit, at least six months before the commencement of your co-op, practicum, or internship.

Can I still Continue Work and Study in Canada after my Study Permit has Expired?

If your study permit expires in Canada, then you must suspend both work and study even if you have not completed your education. You will have to apply to extend your study permit to be able to continue your studies and work as a student.

You are also not to continue work when you are done with your studies. If you wish to work for a few more years in Canada or pursue a career in the country, you can apply for the Post Graduate Work Permit (PGWP).

This permit allows you to work in Canada for a couple of years after your studies. The period of time you can work using PGWP depends on the duration of the program you studied.

After you have completed your period, your study period includes extra 90 days to round up your stay in Canada. You can use this period to apply for PGWP.

If you do not take action within 90 days, you must apply for PGWP outside of Canada. However, you may be allowed to remain in Canada after 90 days if another kind of permit is already being processed for you.

Can I Apply for PGWP after Completing my Studies in Canada

Yes, you may apply for the Post Graduate Work Permit after you finish your studies. However, not all Designated Learning Institutions in Canada are PGWP eligible.

This means that international students who finish from these schools cannot apply for the Post Graduate Work Permit. Some programs may also restrict you from obtaining PGWP after you complete your studies.

The Government of Canada regularly updates its list of Designated Learning Institutions in Canada. It also indicates whether each school is PGWP eligible or not.

There are other conditions you must meet to be eligible for PGWP. The basics is:

  • Studying in a DLI for a minimum of eight months
  • Obtaining an educational certificate as proof of completion of the study.

If you study in Canada for a period of eight months to one year, you will obtain a PGWP valid for a year. If the duration of your program is two years or more, your PGWP can remain valid for up to three years.

How Many Times Can I Apply for Post Graduate Work Permit in Canada?

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada state that graduated international students can only apply for the Post Graduate Work Permit once in their lifetime.

This means you cannot apply for a second time; neither can you apply for a renewal or extension of the permit. There is only one exception to this rule, which is a passport validity issue.

No Canadian permit can extend beyond the validity period of your international passport. Suppose you are entitled to a three-year PGWP but your passport will expire in the next two years, you will obtain a PGWP that lasts for two years.

You may thereafter be able to extend your PGWP to cover for the remaining one year after you have renewed your passport.

If students take another program in Canada after they have worked using the PGWP, they are not eligible for another PGWP.

However, a student may suspend obtaining PGWP until after completion of the second program. The number of years spent on taking both programs can increase the validity period of the PGWP.

Nevertheless, no Post Graduate Work Permit is valid for more than three years in Canada.

How can I Continue Working in Canada after Work and Study?

It is true that many students wish to remain in Canada after their studies. This is because Canada offers students with higher chances of employment than many other countries of the world.

Students usually follow what is called the ‘student-to-PR pathway.’ This means they immigrate to Canada as students, using their study permit. Later on, they build work experience and then proceed to become permanent residents in the country.

Therefore, your dream of becoming a worker or even a permanent resident after studying in Canada is possible if you follow smart procedures.

There are several ways you can apply for pr in Canada but the easiest is leveraging on the work experience you’ve built while you worked with your PGWP.

Certain immigration pathways under the Express Entry allow persons who have at least, one year of relevant work experience in Canada to obtain a work permit.

Immediately you’ve completed one year of full-time work using your PGWP, you can begin to apply for pr using any of these immigration pathways.

To better maximize your chances of obtaining pr using PGWP, you should consider enrolling for programs that will last for up to two years so you can get PGWP that is valid for three years.

You may also take two different one-year programs instead. WorkStudyVisa has dedicated a whole article to how international students can obtain pr in Canada using the 1+1 course program and PGWP.

Reading the content will offer you deeper insight into the process. On the page, you will also find the various immigration pathways you can apply for by leveraging on your PGWP.

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