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Work Rights During Studies

Canada allows international students to work during their study. This is one factor making Canada one of the most appealing study abroad destinations in the world. However, the students need to know about certain things before they start working in Canada. 

Canadian law permits international students to work for up to 20 hours per week and full-time during vacations. Working during study helps students make good money, meet new people, enhance their skills, and expand their horizon. The work you do during study can help you gain the skillsets and experience needed to excel in the job market.

A work permit is not needed, and students can work off-campus if he/she is studying full-time in a Designated Learning Institute (DLI) with a study permit. This indicates that you have the freedom to work for any company in any profession in Canada. If international students want, they can work on campus. 

Remember that even if you intend to work during the study, you will still have to provide evidence of adequate funds while applying for the study permit. This shows that you need to prove that you have sufficient funds to support yourself during the study without working. Expected future income will not be enough when showing adequate funds; therefore, your intent to work in Canada during the study will not fulfil the requirement to demonstrate your financial state before arrival. 

Your study permit will state the working conditions and whether you are allowed to work during study. You will be required to get a Social Insurance Number (SIN), as it is essential to have this number before you start working during the study in Canada. 

Your study permit can be revised without paying any charges if your study permit does not have the statement that is required to apply for a SIN. Amendments in the study permit can be done after your arrival. It is recommended to perform this task when you land, and your study permit is first allotted. If you have any doubts or you are uncertain about anything, you can contact the executive about your permission to work as you arrive at Immigration. 

Note that you are not entitled to work in Canada if your course length is less than six months or you are registered in an English as a Second Language (ESL) or French as a Second Language (FSL). Moreover, students on visiting visa or exchange students at a DLI cannot work while studying in Canada. 

Remember that you cannot commence any job in Canada before your degree starts. 

You have to create your resume and cover letter before starting to find a job. Through a good resume and cover letter, you can attract the potential employer’s attention and prove that you are different from the rest. It is vital to ensure that you provide an updated resume to the employer. Moreover, the resume has to be formatted in accordance with the expectations of the Canadian employer. You can demonstrate your personality and accomplishments through your cover letter. Try to produce a different cover letter for various positions, underlining how you are the best fit for the job you are applying for. In case you are applying for a job online, you can write your cover letter in the body of your email and attach the resume below.  

There are different ways to find a job. You can check job finding websites like Indeed, Monster and Craigslist, where hundreds and thousands of jobs are posted regularly. There are different shops and restaurants that advertise various job openings. You can apply for a position that looks promising. Make sure to keep some copies of your resume with you while you are going out. By using this approach, you can meet new people, expand your network and have the chance to leave an excellent first impression. 

While working, you should not conceal from your employer the fact that you are a student. Concealing this information might get you in trouble. Always prioritize your studies, and don’t hesitate to ask for leave if you have exams or pending assignments. International students working in Canada can enjoy the same work right as Canadian nationals. It is essential to know about your work right and the minimum wage in your province. You must receive your payslips and keep a record of your job so your tax return can be filed. 

Co-op Work permit:

Though international students are not required to have a work permit to work during the study in Canada, there is an exceptional case. Certain programs necessitate the students to complete a co-op or internship work placement to graduate. Under this condition, international students have to get a Co-op work permit besides having their study permit. 

You can get a Co-op work permit by showing a valid study permit and receiving a letter from your university/college approving that all students enrolled in this course have to complete work placements to be able to graduate. 

You can apply for a Co-op work permit after attaining the study permit. You can either apply online or in person. You can take help from your college/university because the placement is a part of your course. The university officials can support you at different stages, and you can resolve your doubts easily. 

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