Applying for a Work Permit — Student Guide

Work permits for students.

Applying for a Work Permit — Student Guide (PDF)

What is a work permit?

A written authorization to work in Canada issued by an officer to a person who is not a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada. It is required whether or not the employer is in Canada. Usually, it is valid only for a specified job and length of time. A work permit may be issued based on a labour market opinion (Service Canada confirmation) or may be issued on the basis of other requirements.

Are there any conditions on my work permit?

An officer may impose, vary or cancel conditions when issuing a work permit. These may include one or more of the following:

  • the type of employment in which you may work;
  • the employer for whom you may work;
  • where you may work;
  • how long you may continue to work.

Will I require a Social Insurance Number (SIN)?

Yes, a SIN card is necessary to work in Canada. Employers must ask to see the SIN card of all new employees as soon as they are hired. You may apply for a SIN before or within 3 days after you start to work (you must show the proof of application within three days of the start date of employment) and you may work during the waiting period.

You must obtain a SIN from Service Canada. To work on-campus, you must provide a valid study permit and an employment contract; to work off-campus, you must provide a valid off-campus work permit as Service Canada will require proof that you are eligible to work in Canada. It is recommended that you apply in person for the card and allow three weeks for processing.

Further information on the application process for a Social Insurance Number may be obtained by visiting the Service Canada website.

When is a medical exam required?

If you are requesting a work permit to allow you to work in the field of health services or with children, you must complete and pass an immigration medical before you submit your application for a work permit. Examples of occupations in health services include hospital staff, clinical laboratory workers, patient attendants in nursing and geriatric homes, and medical students admitted to attend Canadian universities.

If you want to work in agricultural occupations, a medical exam will be needed if you have visited or lived in a designated country for six months or more. A list of designated countries can be obtained on our website.

If you have already passed an immigration medical exam, which remains valid, or will not be working in the areas outlined above, you do not require a medical exam.

For a complete list of occupations requiring immigration medical exams, refer to our website.

You must make your appointment with a Designated Medical Practitioner (DMP). Visit our website for the list of DMPs or contact the Call Centre to find the DMP nearest to you.

Note: After you have your medical exam it may take a few weeks to have your results available. Therefore, you should allow a month to pass before submitting your application to ensure your results have been received. You must submit proof that you underwent a medical exam (copy of fees paid receipt) with your application. Failure to do so may result in processing delays or your application being returned or refused.


Overview

This guide provides information on Canada’s three student work programs:

  • Off-campus work permit program;
  • Co-op work program;
  • Post-graduation work permit program.

The guide also provides information on your status as an international student in Canada and the conditions and requirements of work permits. All the necessary information, instructions and application forms for you to complete and submit are included.

Note: If you hold a valid study permit, your studies should remain your primary activities during your stay in Canada.

Determining your eligibility under student work programs

Working on campus

You may work on campus at the institution where you study without a work permit if:

  • you are a full-time student at:
    • a public post-secondary institution, such as a college or university, or a collège d’enseignement général et professionnel (CEGEP) in Quebec
    • a private post-secondary institution that operates under the same rules and regulations as a public institution, and receives at least 50 percent of its financing for its overall operations from government grants (currently only private college-level educational institutions in Quebec qualify) or
    • a Canadian private institution authorized by provincial statute to confer degrees and
  • you have a valid study permit.

Off-campus work permit program

To be eligible for a work permit under this program you must meet all of the following requirements.

You must:

  1. possess a valid study permit;
  2. have studied full-time and maintained satisfactory academic standing in your specific program of study at a participating institution for at least six out of the twelve months preceding your application to work off campus (the six months do not have to be consecutive);
  3. have applied for the off-campus work permit program at a participating institution;
  4. have been, and continue to be, registered as a full-time student in a program other than English or French as a second language (ESL/FSL);
    Note: Full-time status and satisfactory academic standing are determined by your institution.
    You must complete a Request for Initial Eligibility Verification for an Off-Campus Work Permit from your school which will verify your standing and eligibility. This request is only available via MyCIC, your space on Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s website. Your school’s Designated Institutional Representative will verify your eligibility and inform you via MyCIC.
  5. have authorized the disclosure of personal information between the institution, the provincial or territorial government and Citizenship and Immigration Canada;
    Note: In order to participate in this program, you will need to authorize the disclosure of personal information between your institution, the provincial or territorial government and Citizenship and Immigration Canada. This disclosure will be part of the Electronic Verification Number (EVN) process completed through MyCIC. Failure to acknowledge disclosure of this information will result in not obtaining an Off-Campus Work Permit.
    and
  6. continue to fulfil the terms and conditions of your study permit and work permit, if applicable.

You are not eligible to apply for a work permit under this program if you:

  • have previously held an off-campus work permit, failed to maintain your eligibility for the program and failed to comply with the conditions of your work or study permit;
  • have a partial or full scholarship or award from:
    • the Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship Program funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT);
    • the Government of Canada Awards Program funded by DFAIT;
    • the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA);
    • the Equal Opportunity Scholarship Program, Canada-Chile;
    • the Canada-China Scholars Exchanges Program;
    • the Organization of American States Fellowship Program;
  • are a visiting student or exchange student at a participating institution; or
  • are registered in programs that consist either exclusively, or primarily, of English or French as a second language (ESL/FSL).

Note: An off-campus work permit issued under this program is not interchangeable with a work permit for internships or co-op placements. However, students wishing to participate in both programs may apply for a work permit under each program, as there is no restriction on holding more than one work permit. You must pay the separate fees for each permit.

Important Information

If your status has expired or you did not respect the conditions of your previous permit, and you now require restoration of status, do not submit an application for an off-campus work permit. You are required to restore your status as a student prior to submission of this application. Should your request for restoration be approved, you may then submit this application. Submitting your off-campus work permit application prior to restoration being granted will result in delays in the processing of your work permit.

The following examples can help you determine if you are eligible to apply under this program.

If you… *Then…
begin full-time studies in September and continue through to the end of February (with the exception of the Christmas break) you are eligible to apply for a work permit in March because you will have completed 6 months of full-time study.
begin full-time studies in January through April, but are not enrolled in full-time studies during certain summer months you are not eligible to apply for a work permit until you complete 6 months of full-time studies
begin full-time studies from the beginning of January until the end of June you are eligible to apply for a work permit in July because you will have completed 6 months of full-time study.
begin full-time studies from January until the end of April, then take a four month summer break but resume full-time studies in September you are eligible to apply in November because you will have completed 6 months of full-time study in total from January to April, and September to October.
are pursuing full time studies from September to December followed by a co-op work term from January to April. ** If the institution considers students on co-op work terms to have full-time status, and if you continue to comply with the institution’s co-op rules you will be eligible to apply for the work permit as early as March (September to February = 6 months).

* At the time of application, you must still be enrolled in full-time studies and be in satisfactory academic standing.

** Note: Some institutions consider students to have “full-time” status during the “work experience” portion of their co-op program. If an institution considers a student to have “full-time” status during the “work experience” portion of the program and the student continues to comply with the institution’s co-op rules, the student will be eligible for the program. Participation in the work experience portion of the program can be included in the calculation of the six months of full-time studies.

Co-op work program

Work experience is a required component of some programs of study, for example co-op and internship programs.

In these cases, an open work permit can be issued with the institution listed as the employer. In cases where several work periods are necessary throughout the program, the work permit can be issued for the same period as the study permit.

To be eligible for a work permit under a co-op or internship program, the following conditions must be met:

  • you must have a valid study permit (unless you are a minor high-school student who does not require a study permit);
  • your intended employment must be an essential part of your program of study in Canada;
  • your employment must be certified as part of the academic program by a responsible academic official of the institution;
  • your co-op or internship employment cannot form more than 50 percent of the total program of study; and
  • you are not a medical intern or extern, nor a resident physician (except in veterinary medicine).

Note: International students, scholars, and scientists may also obtain work permits for work related to a research, educational or training program. These work permits are issued under specific programs funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), the International Development Research Centre of Canada (IDRC), Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd., the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

Post-graduation work permit program

The post-graduation work permit program is designed to provide graduating students with Canadian work experience. Students may work in Canada for up to three years after graduation.

Does the length of study in Canada impact on the length of the work permit?

Yes. The work permit cannot be valid longer than the length of time the student studied. For example, students graduating from a four-year degree program might be eligible for a three year work permit. Students graduating from an eight-month certificate program would only be eligible for a work permit of eight months.

If you studied for… Then…
less than eight months you are not eligible for this program
less than two years but more than eight months you may get a work permit for a period no longer than the length of time you studied (for example, if you studied for nine months, a work permit may be issued for a period of nine months)
two years or more a work permit may be issued for three years

Who may apply for a work permit?

You may apply for a work permit if you:

  • graduated from a specific program of full-time study (of at least eight months) in Canada at:
    • a public post-secondary institution; or
    • a private post-secondary institution that operates under the same rules and regulations as a public institution, receives at least 50 percent of its financing for its overall operations from government (currently, only private college-level educational institutions in Quebec fit that description); or
    • a Canadian private institution authorized by provincial law to confer degrees, but only if you are enrolled in one of the programs of study leading to a degree as authorized by the province and not in all programs of study offered by the private institution.
  • have a valid study permit when you apply for the work permit; and
  • have not previously been issued a work permit for post-graduation employment following any other course of study.

Note: Distance-learning from either inside or outside of Canada does not qualify for this program.

You are not eligible for the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program if you:

  • study in a program that is less than eight months long;
  • participate in a Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship Program funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT);
  • participate in a Government of Canada Awards Program funded by DFAIT;
  • receive funding from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA);
  • participate in the Equal Opportunity Scholarship Program, Canada-Chile;
  • participate in the Canada-China Scholars Exchanges Program;
  • participate in the Organization of American States Fellowship Program;
  • participate in a distance learning program either from abroad or from within Canada; or
  • have previously been issued a Post-Graduation Work Permit following any other program of study.

When do I have to submit my application?

You must submit your application for a work permit within 90 days, starting from the day when your final marks are issued, or when you receive a formal written notification of graduation from the institution, whichever comes first, indicating that you have met the requirements of your program of study. Your study permit must continue to be valid upon submission of your application for a work permit.

Note: If you have other evidence that you have successfully completed your program (such as a final transcript or a letter from the institution), you may apply for your work permit before you receive your formal notification of graduation.

Students who are already working under a work permit issued under the previous rules are eligible to apply for an extension, however the total duration of the permit including the extension should not exceed the maximum duration allowed by the new program parameters.

How do I submit my application?

There are two available options:

  • Download, complete and mail your application, including all required documents to the address provided in the present instruction guide, or
  • Complete and send your application electronically (you will be required to create a MyCIC profile and to obtain a Government of Canada Access Key)

Working on campus

Do students need a work permit to work on campus?

If you are a full-time student attending a university or college, you do not need a work permit when the employment offered is on the campus of the college or university where you are registered full-time, for as long as the study permit is valid.

There are some restrictions on the jobs you can take based on medical factors:

  • If you have already passed an immigration medical exam, you may work in any type of job;
  • If you intend to work in an occupation in which the protection of public health is essential, you must pass an immigration medical exam. (Examples of these are: workers in health services fields; teachers of primary or secondary schools or other workers coming into contact with small children; domestic workers or live-in caregivers; workers who provide in-home care).
  • If you intend to work as an agricultural worker and have lived in or visited a designated country (for a list of designated countries, refer to our website) for more than six months within the last year, you must pass a medical exam.
  • To submit to a medical exam, you must make an appointment with a Designated Medical Practitioner (DMP). Visit our website for the list of DMPs or contact the Call Centre to find the DMP nearest to you. Note that it may take a few weeks for your results to be available.

It is illegal to remain in Canada beyond the validity of your status in Canada.

It is illegal to work without a required work permit.

It is illegal to study without a required study permit.

After reading this instruction guide, if you believe you are eligible to apply then you should proceed as instructed below:

Note: you may also submit your application electronically for the following:

  • Off-campus work permit
  • Post-graduation work permit

Processing times for your application

We will review your application to determine if it is complete. If your application is not signed, or if the required fee is missing, it will be returned to you and you will have to re-apply. If other information is missing, your application may be returned or refused.

You will receive:

  • your work permit; or
  • a letter refusing your application; or
  • notification that your application has been referred to a local Canada Immigration Centre for further assessment.

The Case Processing Centre-Vegreville (CPC-Vegreville) completes most of the applications it receives; however, a small number are referred to a local office for further clarification. If your application is referred to a local office, an officer from that office will contact you to obtain additional information or clarification. It may take up to three months for them to contact you.

Note: The Case Processing Centre receives large volumes of applications in the temporary resident categories each year. It is recommended that you apply at least 30 days before the expiry of your current document. However, you may want to apply in advance of this recommended period since processing delays vary. Contact the Call Centre at 1-888-242-2100 or check our current processing times.


Restoration of status

If your status has expired or if you did not respect one of the conditions of your permit or you have worked or studied without a required permit, you have committed an offence under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. You may be subject to an admissibility hearing that could lead to removal from Canada.

If your temporary resident status has expired, do not apply for a work permit as you are not eligible. Your temporary resident status in Canada will have been lost, and (if applicable) your student permit will have ceased to be valid. However, if you wish to stay in Canada after your status has expired, you may apply for restoration of status within 90 days of your permit expiry date or leave Canada. If you wish to apply for restoration, complete the enclosed application providing full details of how you came to commit the offence. There is no guarantee that your application will be accepted.

You may only seek restoration within 90 days after your status as a temporary resident has been lost as a result of:

  • having remained in Canada longer than the period authorized for your stay (but not longer than 90 days)
  • having changed employers, type of work, or location of work without applying to change these conditions if they were specified on your work permit.
  • having failed to meet the initial requirements for your stay and have not failed to comply with any other conditions imposed.

If you apply for a study permit, you must pay the permit fee as well as the restoration fee when applying. Restoration applies to each family member who has lost his or her status.

An officer will evaluate your request for restoration of status and if approved will process your application for a study permit. You will then be advised of any further action to be taken.

If you are applying for an off-campus work permit see section Off-Campus Work Permit Program for more details on what restoration of status means for you.


Completing the forms

As most of the forms are self-explanatory we have only provided supplementary instructions where required. If you need more space, attach a separate sheet of paper and indicate the letter and/or number of the question you are answering. Your application may be returned or refused if it is not properly completed, or if all of the necessary documents have not been submitted. Type or print clearly in black or blue ink.

You must provide truthful, accurate information. The information provided may be verified. The processing of your application may stop if you give false or misleading information. It is an offence under section 127 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act to knowingly make a false statement on this form.

Family members who are applying together

Each member of your immediate family (spouse or common-law partner, dependent children) who wishes to remain longer, study or work in Canada must apply for permission to do so. If you all apply at the same time for an extension, each person will not have to submit a separate application form. Instead, fill in one form including your details and those of your immediate family. All appropriate documentation and the required fee for each person must also be included.

Off-campus work permit – Applying electronically

Eligibility Verification and the Electronic Verification Number:

Individuals applying for an Off-Campus Work Permit must do so on-line by creating a MyCIC profile on CIC’s website, and then proceed with a request for Eligibility Verification. In completing this request, you will be required to sign a consent statement. This request for verification will be forwarded the Designated Institutional Representative at you participating educational institution. If you satisfy the academic eligibility requirements, an Electronic Verification Number (EVN) will be issued and you will be notified by email. If approved, the EVN is valid for 60 calendar days. If you have not applied for an Off-Campus Work Permit within the 60 day validity period you must request a new EVN in order to re-apply for the program at a later date.


Work permit under the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program – Applying electronically

Individuals applying electronically for a work permit under the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program can do so on-line only by first creating a MyCIC profile on CIC’s website. Afterwards, they may proceed with submitting their application electronically.

Document Checklist – Students applying for a Work Permit (IMM 5583)

Use the Document Checklist [PDF] to make sure you are attaching all the required documents to your application. Include the checklist with your application.

Paying the fees

Required fees

You must pay a processing fee for each service that you require and all fees must be submitted with your application. If you apply for more than one service on a single application you must add up the fees for each service and submit the total of the fees with your application.

Use this chart to calculate the fees required for the service(s) you are applying for.

Note: It is not necessary to make a separate application for an extension of temporary resident status when you apply for a work or study permit. The officer will issue all the necessary documentation with one application

Note: There is no fee for the Co-op Work Program.

Use this chart to calculate the fees required for the service(s) you are requesting.

Services Number of
Persons
Amount per Person Amount Due
Renewed or Initial work Permit (for any program)   x $150  
Restoration of Temporary Resident Status (due to loss of status as a student)   x $200  
Renewal of Study Permit   x $125  
Total $

Make sure that you are eligible before you pay your fees and that you provide all the information requested before you submit the application. The processing fee will not be refunded, regardless of the final decision once the Case Processing Centre has started processing the application. For example, if your study permit has expired and you incorrectly apply for an extension of study permit, no refund for the extension will be provided and you will be asked to provide a second fee for the restoration.

Note: If you are out of status, you must pay the study permit fee as well as the restoration fee when applying. Restoration applies to each person who has lost his or her status.

A determination that you are not eligible is considered as “processing” and the fee will not be refunded. If you apply again, you will have to pay another processing fee.

How to pay your fees

You have the option of paying your fees through the Internet or at a financial institution.

Option 1. Payment of fees on our website

To use this option, you need:

  • a credit card;
  • access to a computer with a printer;
  • a valid email address; and
  • follow these steps below.
Step Action
1 Log on to our website.
2 Select “I Need To…” on the right hand side of the page.
3 Click on Pay My Application Fees.
4 Click on Pay fees online.

Once you have paid the fees you must:

  • print the official receipt;
  • fill out by hand the “Payer Information” section;
  • attach the bottom portion (copy 2) of this receipt to your completed application.

Option 2. Payment of fees at a financial institution

STEP 1. Fill in the total

Enter the “Amount payable” you have calculated at the bottom of the Receipt (IMM 5401).

Photocopies of the receipt are not accepted. If you need an original receipt, order it from our website or contact the Call Centre.

STEP 2. Complete the “Payer Information” sections on the back of the receipt

If you already know the Client ID assigned to you, enter the number in the box provided. If you do not know your Client ID, leave that box empty.

STEP 3. Go to a financial institution and make the payment

Bring the receipt with you. A financial institution representative will tell you which forms of payment are acceptable. There is no charge for the service.

STEP 4. Send your receipt

Attach the middle portion (Copy 2) of the receipt to your completed sponsorship application. Keep the top portion (Copy 1) for your files.

Do not include any other type of payment with your application.

Incorrect payments

If you have sent insufficient fees or incorrect form of payment, we will return your application with instructions. You must then pay the additional fees and mail everything back to us. This will delay the processing of your application. If you have overpaid, we will refund the overpayment. We will issue a cheque as soon as possible.

Refunds

To obtain a refund, you need to send a written request to withdraw your application to the processing centre at CPC Vegreville, 6212-55th Avenue, Vegrevile, AB T9C 1W5.

The processing fee is only refundable if we receive your request before processing has begun. Once we have started to process your application, there will be no refunds regardless of the final decision.

We will issue the refund to the person indicated on the “Payer Information” section of the receipt. If there is no name indicated on the receipt, we will send the refund to you.

Submitting your application

If you are applying under the following programs:

  • Post-Graduation Work Permit Program
  • Co-Op Work Program
  • Off-Campus Work Permit Program

Submitting applications electronically

  • You may submit your application for either the Off-Campus Work Permit Program or the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program electronically by following the instructions on our website.

    Note: For the purposes of the Off-Campus Work Permit Program, you may submit your application electronically if you are currently attending one of the participating institutions listed on CIC’s website.

Mailing your application

And if family members are applying to extend their stay, study or work in Canada; include all applications in the same envelope.

  • Put all the completed forms, supporting documents and fee payment receipt in a large envelope.
  • Address the envelope as follow:
Type of work permit applications Send your application to:

Student work permit extensions (includes Co-op, Off-Campus Work Permits and Internships)

Citizenship and Immigration - Work Permit
CPC-Vegreville
6212 - 55th Avenue, Unit 202
Vegreville, AB
T9C 1X6

New Student work permits (includes Co-op, Off-Campus Work Permits, Internships and Post-Graduation Work Permits)

Citizenship and Immigration - Work Permit
CPC-Vegreville
6212 - 55th Avenue, Unit 555
Vegreville, AB
T9C 1X6
  • Write your name and address at the top left-hand corner of the envelope.
  • Have the post office weigh your envelope to ensure you put sufficient postage on it.


What happens next?

After sending your application, you do not need to take further action unless you are informed otherwise. The following situations may arise:

Your application is approved:

You will receive a work permit indicating the conditions of work.

See Additional Steps for the Off-Campus Work Permit Program (below) for students who applied for an off-campus work permit.

Your application is refused:

You will receive a letter of refusal. In this case you can only stay in Canada until the expiry date of your current temporary resident status.

Your application is referred to a local office:

You will receive a notification that your application was referred to a local office for further assessment and you will subsequently be contacted by this office.

If you applied for restoration of temporary resident status:

You will receive a letter advising you of the decision, and providing you with instructions.

Your responsibilities

Once you receive a work permit you must respect the conditions of the work permit and continue to meet the eligibility requirements of your Student Work Program.

Note: Failure to comply with the terms and conditions of the work or study permit or with the requirements of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and Regulations may result in enforcement action by the Canada Border Services Agency, and negatively affect other future applications you make under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

Note: If you move before your application has been processed, you must advise us of your new address by contacting the Call Centre.

Additional steps for the Off-Campus Work Permit Program

Conditions of the work permit

Your work permit will be issued up to the maximum duration of your study permit. You will be entitled to work:

  • up to 20 hours per week during any academic sessions (including summer if studying during that period of time);
  • full time during scheduled breaks (for example, during winter and summer holidays, reading week).

Your responsibilities

If at any time you become ineligible for the program, you should:

  • inform your employer that you are no longer authorized to work, and
  • surrender your work permit. Contact the Call Centre or visit our website for more information.

You may then re-apply at a later date (at least six months later) when you meet the eligibility requirements again.

Transferring from one institution to another

If you have studied at two participating institutions during the past two sessions, you must request that the designated Institution Representative (DIR) at the institution where you are enrolled at the time of application requests a transfer of your Eligibility Verification. Failure to do so will result in you being reported ineligible by your former institution as you will no longer be attending that institution.

Transfer of verification

If you transfer from one participating institution to another, you must notify the DIR at your new institution that you are participating in the Off-Campus Work Program. It is your responsibility to request that Eligibility Verification is sent from your former institution to your new institution.

The DIR at the new institution will then be responsible for the annual verification of your academic eligibility. It is your responsibility to ensure that your DIR has obtained a copy of your Eligibility Verification from your former institution.

If at any time you are unsure whether you continue to be eligible for your off-campus work permit, you may request that the DIR check that you meet the eligibility criteria. It is your responsibility to surrender your work permit when you have become ineligible for the off-campus program to ensure that you will not be found non-compliant.

Revoking your consent to release of information

Students who were issued a Verification Form but who did not receive or apply for a work permit under the Program can revoke their consent to release information (signed on the Student Acknowledgement and Consent Form).

  • If you were refused an off-campus work permit, you must provide the DIR with a copy of your letter of refusal and a completed Use of a Representative form (IMM 5476) [Acrobat PDF] that will allow the DIR to notify CIC of your request for revocation and of your consent.
  • If you were issued a Verification form but did not apply for an off-campus work permit, you must provide the DIR with a completed Use of Representative form (IMM 5476) [PDF] that will allow the DIR to notify CIC of your request for revocation of their consent, and the original copy of the Verification form that was issued to you. You must also provide the DIR with a note that indicates the reason for not applying for an off-campus work permit.

Work permits for students—Work available to your spouse or common-law partner

Eligibility

Your spouse or common-law partner may apply for a work permit if:

  • you are a full-time student at:
    • a public post-secondary institution, such as a college or university or collège d’enseignement général et professionnel (CEGEP) in Quebec
    • a private post-secondary institution that operates under the same rules and regulations as a public institution, and receives at least 50 percent of its financing for its overall operations from government grants (currently, only private college-level educational institutions in Quebec qualify) or
    • a Canadian private institution authorized by provincial statute to confer degrees
  • you have a valid study permit or
  • you have a valid work permit.

Validity

Work permits for your spouse or common-law partner are valid for the same period of time as your study or work permit.

Note: Accompanying spouses or common-law partners of foreign students (including spouses or common-law partners of foreign students with post-graduation work permits) are eligible for an open work permit, which means they do not need a job offer or a labour market opinion from Service Canada.

For more information about a labour market opinion, see Working Temporarily in Canada.

How to apply

There are five steps to apply for a work permit:

  1. Obtain an application kit.
  2. Read the guide.
  3. Complete the application form and attach the necessary documents.
  4. Pay the fee and get the necessary receipt.
  5. Mail the application form and documents.

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