NEWS OF MAY 2005
SOURCE : CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION CANADA
Off-campus Work and Post-graduation Employment
The off-campus work program allows foreign students
at public post-secondary institutions to work off-campus
while completing their studies.
Off-campus work is an option for
students studying at institutions in provinces that
have signed agreements with CIC. These provinces are
The census metropolitan areas of Montréal and
Québec are currently excluded. The agreement
will soon be amended to include them. As new agreements
are reached, more provinces and territories will be
added to the list. Watch the CIC Web site for updates.
Students who come to Canada under
the Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship
Plan or under the Government of Canada Awards Program
funded by Foreign Affairs Canada or by the Canadian
International Development Agency are not eligible
for off-campus work.
As of May 16, 2005 , the post-graduation
work program will allow certain students to work for
up to two years after their graduation. Previously,
students were only allowed to work for one year.
Foreign students are eligible for
a post-graduation work permit only for employment
in their field of study. They must still have a valid
study permit and apply for the work permit within
90 days of receiving written confirmation (transcript,
letter, etc.) from their institution indicating that
they have met the requirements of their program.
Once students have one of these documents,
they can apply for a work permit. Post-graduation
work permits are only available to graduates of a
program at a Canadian university, a community college,
a CEGEP, a publicly funded trade or technical school
or a Canadian private institution authorized by provincial
statute to confer degrees.
To be eligible for a two-year work
permit (rather than just a one-year permit), foreign
students must have:
successfully completed a program
of at least two years of full-time studies;
received written confirmation (transcript,
letter, etc.) from the educational institution indicating
that they have met the requirements of the program
studied at and graduated from an
institution located outside of the Communauté
métropolitaine de Montréal (CMM), the
Greater Toronto Area (GTA) or the Greater Vancouver
Regional District (GVRD);
Note: Foreign students who complete
their studies at a campus located inside the CMM,
the GTA or the GVRD, but at an institution whose headquarters
for that campus is located outside those areas, are
not eligible for off-campus work under this program.
found employment outside of the CMM,
GTA or GVRD.
Note: Foreign students who graduate
from an institution located inside one of those areas
are not eligible for a second year of work, even if
the employment is located outside of those areas.
Foreign students who currently hold a one-year post-graduation
work permit and who meet the eligibility criteria
for a two-year permit can apply for a one-year extension
of their work permit.
Important information about work
permits for students
Do not work without being authorized
to do so. If you do, you will be in contravention
of the law and may be asked to leave Canada . Students
who qualify for the new initiatives still require
a work permit, but they will be able to apply for
one without having to obtain a labour market opinion
from Human Resources and Skills Development Canada.
Students must not begin to work until they have received
their work permit.