FAMILY MEMBER REQUIREMENTS:
Family members are subject to the same TRV requirements as above based on their country of citizenship. Separate applications and fees must be made for each accompanying family member. Children who will attend school in Canada also require a Study Permit. The spouse (same sex and common-law couples are included, but are subject to co-habitation requirements) of an international student with a study permit is permitted to work on campus and may apply for an off-campus work permit. A Work Permit can be obtained by mail at a cost of $150 once you are in Canada . Processing time can take up to several months after application.
The procedures for obtaining a Study Permit and/or TRV will vary somewhat depending on your country of citizenship and where you apply (see list of Canadian embassies and consulates). Applications are available for download from the Citizenship & Immigration Canada website. The process can take up to 3 months.
Working in Canada as an International Student (and Partners of International Students)
There are several types of Work Permits that an international student may apply for depending on the type of work sought. In addition, you will need to obtain a Social Insurance Number (SIN).
Below are a description of the Work Permits:
a. On-Campus during study period
Full-time international and exchange students with a valid Study Permit are eligible to work on campus part-time during the school term, and full-time, on campus, during scheduled breaks (i.e. a Work Permit is NOT required).
b. Off-Campus during study period
Citizenship and Immigration Canada has an off-campus work permit program (OCWP) whereby eligible students can apply for a Work Permit that allows them to work off campus part-time during the school year (up to twenty hours a week) and full-time during scheduled breaks and holidays (up to 40 hours) in the general labour market. Unfortunately, exchange students with Study Permits are not eligible for the OCWP.
The off-campus work permit is then valid for the duration of a student’s Study Permit (or less) and is transferable (i.e., not tied to a specific job.)
Please note that the OCWP Coordinator will attempt to have your applications verified as quickly as possible however you should allow at least 1 week for in-office processing. Incomplete applications will cause a delay in processing. Citizenship & Immigration Canada (CIC) processing times can be found at the following link: www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/times/canada/process-in.asp
You will receive an email notification from MYCIC when verification is complete.
1. Exchange students do not qualify to participate in this program.
2. You cannot begin working off campus until you receive your Off-Campus Work Permit from CIC.
OCWP can be used as a bridge for employment immediately following graduation for a period of 90 days. Students then should immediately apply for the Post Graduation Work Permit once they have obtained documentation that they have successfully completed their degree requirements.
c. Off Campus required Work Term/Internship
The Co-op Work Permit allows an international student to obtain a Work Permit in a related field of study as part of earning your degree.
d. Following Graduation
The post-graduation work program is designed to provide graduating students with Canadian work experience in their field of study. Eligible students can apply for a Work Permit that allows them to work full-time off campus for up to 36 months following the completion of their degree.
To be eligible students must:
1.have studied full-time for at least eight months preceding the completion of your program of study;
2.have completed and passed the program of study and received a notification that you are eligible to obtain your degree, diploma or certificate;
3.have applied for a Work Permit within 90 days of receiving written confirmation (e.g., transcript, official letter from the institution, etc.) from your institution indicating that you have met the requirements of completing your academic program;
4.have a valid Study Permit when you apply for the work permit.
The duration of the post graduation Work Permit cannot be longer than the length of time the student has studied. Students cannot have previously been issued a post-graduation Work Permit following any other program of study.
SPOUSES/COMMON LAW PARTNERS (INCLUDING SAME SEX) & FAMILIES
International students can invite their spouse/common law/same-sex partner & children to join them in Canada . Accompanying family members must apply for a visitor visa at an embassy or consulate outside Canada . This can be done at the same time that you are applying for your Study Permit. Contact your nearest Canadian Embassy, High Commission, or Consulate to apply.
Canadian officials will be concerned about two major factors:
1.They will want to ensure that you have enough money to support your family members for the time they will be with you in Canada
2.They will need to be assured that you and your spouse and/or family will leave Canada at the end of the visit.
Visa Processing Time
The processing time will depend on the workload of the office at which the application in being submitted. Many other cases (refugee, family sponsored immigrants etc) have a higher priority than visitors so this process is likely to take somewhat longer than you would expect.
Spouses/common law partners of international students with valid Study Permits are eligible to:
1.work on campus;
2.apply for off-campus work permits;
3.apply for study permits.