Frequently Asked Questions

As an international student, can you work in Canada without a work permit?

Yes, you must have a study permit and be enrolled full-time in an academic, professional or vocational training program at a DLI.

However, your study permit must clearly state that you have the ability to work off-campus. If so, you are allowed to work up to 20 hours per week while:
-Your program is in session, and
-Full-time during scheduled breaks in the academic calendar.

You may work for any employer in Canada that is not on the list of ineligible employers.

In addition, if your program has a mandatory work component for graduation you must have the appropriate work permit for your co-op.

As an international student, can you work in Canada without a work permit?

Yes, you must have a study permit and be enrolled full-time in an academic, professional or vocational training program at a DLI.

However, your study permit must clearly state that you have the ability to work off-campus. If so, you are allowed to work up to 20 hours per week while:
-Your program is in session, and
-Full-time during scheduled breaks in the academic calendar.

You may work for any employer in Canada that is not on the list of ineligible employers.

In addition, if your program has a mandatory work component for graduation you must have the appropriate work permit for your co-op.

Other questions you may be interested in

When do classes start in Canada?

The most common intakes are: September where we have available 100% of the educational programs , January we have available 70% of the educational programs and May we have available in 50% of the educational programs. It will depend on the program you select.

How long can I stay in Canada as a visitor?

-If you are allowed to enter Canada, the border services officer may allow you to stay for less or more than 6 months.

-If so, they will put the date you must leave in your passport. They may also give you a document.

-If you do not get a stamp in your passport, you can stay for 6 months from the day you entered Canada or until your passport expires, whichever comes first.

-If you need a stamp, you can ask a border services officer for one. If you arrive at an airport that uses primary inspection kiosks, ask the border services officer after you finish at the kiosk.

-If you wish to overstay your authorized stay, you must request an extension at least 30 days before the authorized end of your stay. If you are coming from a visa-exempt country (you used eTA to enter), you are still required to extend your stay as a visitor if you need to overstay your original authorized length of stay.

Can I activate my Canadian number and use it in my home country?

No, the telephone number is activated 24 to 48 hours prior to your arrival in Canada and works on Canadian territory.

Can I cancel the line whenever I want?

Yes, the service is renewable on a month-to-month basis, so you can cancel it at any time.

Who can I sponsor?

You can sponsor your parents, grandparents, spouse, domestic partner, children. It is even possible to sponsor relatives such as a brother, sister, aunt or uncle in quite specific and very unusual situations (consult your immigration consultant).You can also sponsor a relative, related by blood or adoption, of any age, if you meet all of these conditions:

-You (the person who wants to sponsor your relative) do not have a living relative to sponsor in your place, such as:
*Spouse
*Domestic partnerspousal partner
*Son or daughter
*Father
*Grandparent
*Orphaned brother or sister
*Orphaned niece or nephew
*Orphaned grandchild

-You (the potential sponsor) have no relative (aunt or uncle or any of the above relatives), who is:
*Canadian citizen
*Permanent resident
*Indian registered under the Indian Act.

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