Work and Study in Canada

International students studying in Canada are able to work on-campus and off-campus jobs. You can even get a post-grad work permit after your study has ended!

Work On-Campus

If you are a full time student at a Canadian university you don’t even need a work permit to work on-campus! All you need to work on-campus is:

  • A valid study permit;
  • Be enrolled in full-time study; and
  • Have a SIN number (Social Insurance Number).

Off-Campus Work Permit

Students who wish to work off-campus will need a work permit.

To be eligible for an off-campus work permit you need to:

  • Have a valid study permit;
  • Be enrolled in full-time study;
  • Have a SIN number (Social Insurance Number);
  • Have been a full-time student for at least six months in the last twelve months of your stay (these months do not have to be consecutive);
  • Have satisfactory academic standing; and
  • Have a signed form from the institution where you are studying that authorizes them to share you academic information with the CIC.

File form IMM 1249 Application to Change Conditions, Extend My Stay, or Remain in Canada to apply for your work permit.

Post-Graduate Work Permit

International students that have recently graduated from a Canadian university or other post-secondary institution are eligible to obtain a work permit that is valid for one year.

To be eligible for a post-grad work permit you need to:

  • Have a SIN number (Social Insurance Number);
  • Have studied full-time in the eight months prior to completing your program;
  • Have graduated from a Canadian post-secondary institution;
  • Apply within 90 days of receiving written confirmation from the post-secondary institution that you have completed your course of study and are eligible for graduation;
  • Have a job offer relevant to your course of study; and
  • Have a valid study permit at the time you are applying.

Apply online for a work permit with the MyCIC online service.


Komagata Maru Monument Unveiled

Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney speaks at the unveiling of Komagata Maru monument.

The Khalsa Diwan Society (KDS) of Vancouver was joined by Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney in the unveiling of a monument honoring the Komagata Maru freighter incident of 1914. The monument was unveiled July 24 in Vancouver.

The monument is a project of KDS, funded in large part by the Community Recognition Program who contributed $667,407.

The Community Historical Recognition Program was launched in 2008 and has provided funding for historical events that affected Canada’s minority populations.

The Canadian government officially apologized for the events of the Komagata Maru incident in 2008.

The 376 Indian passengers of the Komagata Maru should have been allowed to settle in Canada as British subjects. Instead, they were denied entry into the country due to a presumption of anti-British sentiment and violation of a continuous journey law (the ship stopped in Hong Kong instead of traveling directly from India).

After sitting in Coal Harbor for weeks, the freighter returned to India where passengers were bombarded with an assault from British soldiers. Approximately 20 people were killed, both passengers and soldiers.


Alberta Expands Foreign Worker Program

Alberta Temporary Worker

Alberta’s Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) pilot project has expanded to include more occupations, effective July 16.

Alberta faces the largest labor shortage in the country and expanding the project will make it easier for employers to fill positions in high-demand occupations. Some government estimates suggest Alberta could be short as many as 100,000 workers.

Originally launched in June 2011 as a part of the Temporary Foreign Worker Annex to the Agreement for Canada-Alberta Cooperation on Immigration  , the project began as a program to allow foreign workers in the specialty occupations of steamfitters/pipefitters to work temporarily in Alberta. Special allowances of the program enabled workers to move freely between Alberta employers, bypassing traditional protocols such as authorization from Skills Development Canada.

The TFW project now includes the occupations of welder, heavy duty equipment mechanic, ironworker, millwright & industrial mechanic, carpenter and estimator.

Canada U.S. Border Share Information

According to recently declassified briefing notes obtained by the Canadian Press, the CIC will begin sharing biometric data of travelers with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. They will begin regularly sharing this information by 2014.

Earlier this year the CIC implemented new regulations requiring certain visa applicants to provide biometric data on visa applications. The CIC reports that this was done as an act to modernize immigration policies, spurred by an expanding concern for national security and identity fraud. According to the CIC, the U.S., France, the U.K., and New Zealand have been requiring biometric data from visa applicants as early as 2004.

Biometric data is defined as a confirmation of a person’s identity by presenting unique physical characteristics. Currently, biometric data is most commonly limited to photographs and fingerprints but could eventually span the width of retina scans and DNA.

While shared information regarding Canada-U.S. borders have been in the works since the 2011Beyond the Border Talks between Prime Minister Stephen Harper and President Barack Obama, an internationally broader agreement could soon play a part in more expansive sharing of data.

The Five Country Conference (FCC), a forum for immigration and border security between Canada, Australia, the U.K., the U.S. and New Zealand, has plans to (and according to New Zealand already is) share biometric and biographic data between the countries in order to more effectively prevent identity fraud and assist in deportation and prosecution of criminals.

While the top priority for U.S. and Canada border relations concerns interests of national security, improved border relations hope to eventually benefit more practical concerns such as easier passage between borders for security cleared travelers and economic trade benefits for regular business between the two countries.


What is a Certified Copy?

There are two definitions of a certified copy, a traditional certified copy and a true certified copy. A traditional certified copy is a photocopy of a document that is certified by a professional. A true certified copy is a copy of a document issued by the government office who originally issued the document.

In relation to immigration in Canada, the CIC defines a traditional certified copy as a copy that has been certified by any of the following professionals:


  • Professional accountant
  • Chiropractor
  • Commissioner of oaths
  • Dentist
  • Funeral director
  • Professional engineer
  • Justice of the peace or judge
  • Lawyer
  • Manager of a financial institution
  • Medical doctor
  • Member of parliament
  • Member of a provincial legislature
  • Minister of a religion
  • Postmaster
  • Primary, secondary or university teacher
  • Social worker
  • Veterinarian

The CIC requires that the person certifying your copy not be your family member and also that this person

mark the following on the photocopy:

  • Their name and signature under the written statement “I certify that this is a true copy of the original document.”
  • Their official position or title
  • The name of the original document
  • The date they certified

A true certified copy is issued by the government office that issued the original copy. If you are seeking to obtain a true certified copy of a document issued by the Canadian government, such as a replacement PR card, you can request it by filing form IMM 5545.

To understand the definition or a true certified copy you first must understand the definition of an original document.

An original document is the original copy issued to you by the government office recording the event or ceremony (such as a birth or marriage), a change in status (such as an approved immigration application), etc. There are two copies of the original document—one of which is kept by the issuing government office and the other which is given to you. Your copy of the original document is literally irreplaceable. This means that if an original copy is lost, stolen, or otherwise destroyed, there is no way to get another original. Once the original is gone, it can only be replaced by a government issued certified copy, a true certified copy.

A true certified copy has the same significance as the original and can be used for all the same purposes. You can obtain a true certified copy from the register of the government office that issued the original. The register will make a copy of the original and print the words “certified copy” on it.

You can obtain a true certified copy of any original document. However they often need to be requested in person at the government office where they were issued, which might not always be an easy thing to do.

An added benefit of having certified copies of original documents is that they can be used in lieu of originals. This way, if you are submitting an application that requires important documents to be included, you can keep the originals and submit certified copies. Doing this means you are never without your originals and you don’t have to worry about them being lost in the mail or otherwise misplaced.


More than 500,000 Visitor Visas Issued by Canada

Canada welcomes people from various countries as students, temporary workers, and tourists, apart from allowing citizens from other countries to become permanent residents and citizens of Canada. More than 35 million people are found to visit Canada every year. Canada has seen a record number of visitor visas, this year. It has issued over 500,000 visas to visitors who had applied to enter into Canada, as temporary visitors. This was announced by Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism. This is a good news for the Canadian tourism industry. He said that Canada is the best country in the world and so many people around the world wish to visit Canada. The vibrant cities and wilderness draw the international visitors to Canada.

The visas being issued in the current year show a significant increase in the number of visitor visas issued last year. Only 450,000 visitor visas were issued in the year 2011. Now the tourist season in Canada is in full swing and Canada looks forward to grant more than one million visitor visas to international travelers, by the end of this year. The visas granted to students and temporary workers do not come under the visitor visas. The figure 500,000, does not include the citizens of other countries and the ninety percent of the visitors who do not need a visa to travel to Canada. CIC also focuses on the safety of the Canadian citizens while maintaining the social and economic prosperity of Canada and encouraging tourism.

Hence, Canada is said to have the most generous and liberal immigration program in the world. Canada is also becoming a popular destination in the world for more than 500,000 visitors from various countries across the globe. As Canada has already issued half a million visitor visas so far, it is likely to grant over a million visitors visas by the end of the year 2012, to international travelers.

Canada Day Celebrated With New Canadian Citizens

The freedom and the rights of the Canadians is celebrated on the Canada Day. The history of Canada, people, events and values which give an identity to the Canadians are well thought of on this day. Special citizenship ceremonies were organized to celebrate the Canada Day. The special ceremonies show the collective heritage of Canada as a parliamentary democracy and a constitutional monarchy. Every year, Citizenship and Immigration Canada grants citizenship to 160,000 new citizens at the 19,000 special ceremonies, in Canada. On the Canada Day, 57 people became new Canadian citizens at a special citizenship ceremony at the Canadian Museum of Civilization.

A new audio version of the popular citizenship study guide, “Discover Canada: the Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship”, was launched by Jason Kenney, the Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister. Several high-profile Canadians and other individuals took part in the recording of the new audio study guide. Famous people who participated in the recording include actor Albert Schultz, Ian Hanomansing, a television journalist, Richard Margison, an operatic tenor and Jean-Benoît Rainville, a professional narrator. For an immigrant to be a meaningful Canadian, a common understanding of the rights and responsibilities of Canada must be rendered, according to Minister Kenney. CIC is also thankful to the people who took part in the recording and gave their voices for the new audio guide.

The other noteworthy happening during the citizenship ceremony is the expansion of the Cultural Access Pass of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship, to include VIA Rail. The new Canadian citizens who take part in the Canadian Citizenship’s Cultural Access Pass(CAP) program, will be provided with a discount on VIA Rail and this offer is also applicable to 4 minor dependent children. The Minister of State, Steven Fletcher, said that the Canadian government is proud of the offer from VIA. He also invited the new Canadian citizens. Through the CAP program, the new Canadian citizens and their children will get free access to around 1,000 attractions in Canada, which includes museums, national parks and historic sites. It will help the new citizens to explore Canada.