If you have a valid study permit and you are a full-time international student (registered in courses that total nine or more credits), you may work on or off campus starting on the first day of the semester. You are required to have a Social Insurance Number (SIN) if you plan to work while you are in Canada.

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What is a Social Insurance Number?

A Social Insurance Number (SIN) is a nine-digit number that is required if you wish to work in Canada and to have access to government programs and benefits. You should apply for a SIN if you plan to work in Canada.

How can I get a SIN?

You may apply for a SIN in person at a Service Canada Centre. The nearest centre is located in Lethbridge. Be sure to take all of the required documents, listed below, with you.

To find out how to apply for a Social Insurance Number, pick the situation that applies to you to see which documents and steps you need to take before going to a Service Canada Centre to apply.

  1. My study permit says "may accept employment" or "may work."
    • Present your study permit at the Service Canada Centre location. You are not required to present a job offer or proof of enrolment.
  2. My study permit does not have "may accept employment" or "may work" written anywhere on it and I plan to work on campus.
    • Bring the following documents with you and present them at the Service Canada Centre location:
      • study permit
      • proof of enrolment
      • job offer letter with specific information
  3. My study permit does not say, "may accept employment" or "may work" written anywhere on it, but I am eligible to work off-campus.
    • Bring the following items to the Service Canada Centre locations:
      • proof of enrolment
      • your study permit
      • IRCC confirmation to work off campus

How do I keep my SIN valid?

Make sure you keep your SIN valid by renewing your SIN every time that you extend your temporary residency in Canada (e.g. when you extend your study permit or get a post-graduation work permit). To extend or amend your SIN, follow the same application instructions.

On-campus work

On-campus employment is defined as employment within the boundaries of the campus or in facilities owned, leased or rented by Lethbridge College. For example, your employer may be the college, a student organization or a private contractor operating within the boundaries of the campus.

IRCC does not limit the number of hours students are permitted to work on campus. However, some Lethbridge College employers may restrict the hours students can work.

Off-campus work

IRCC recently imposed new rules and regulations in regards to students’ ability to work while they study. Under the IRCC regulations, eligible international students are permitted to work part-time while pursuing their studies at Lethbridge College.

Students are no longer required to maintain a separate study permit in order to work off campus while they study. Your study permit will now grant you the necessary permission to accept off-campus employment so long as you are registered in full-time studies.

There are certain conditions that must be observed in order to work off campus. Post-secondary students are permitted to work a maximum of 20 hours per week during the regular academic year (September through April) and are permitted to work full-time during regularly scheduled breaks (summer, winter and midterm).

Post-graduation work permit

You may be eligible to apply for a post-graduation work permit within 90 days of completing your studies, allowing you to stay in Canada to live and work.

What is a post-graduation work permit?

A post-graduation work permit is a document granted by IRCC that gives you permission to remain in Canada and work full-time for up to three years after you graduate from a Canadian post-secondary institution. See the full eligibility details online.

Why do I need a post-graduation work permit?

A post-graduation work permit is an excellent way to remain in Canada after you complete your program of study, to gain valuable Canadian work experience or to prepare to apply for permanent residence.

When do I need a post-graduation work permit?

From the time that your final marks are available or you receive notice of completion of your studies, you have 90 days in which to apply for your post-graduation work permit. The date of your graduation ceremony does not affect this application period. You do not need a job offer to apply for the post-graduation work permit.


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