New Guidelines for Indian students to Work While Studying in Canada

Canada‘s immigration guidelines state that Indian students can only start working once their courses have begun. Some permits allow them to work on campus or off campus. International students can work only if there is a special condition in their work permit that allows them to work on or off campus.

Conditions for working on-campus

You can work on a school campus without a work permit if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • Full-time post-secondary students
  • Have a valid Canada work permit
  • Have a Social Insurance Number

Conditions to stop working on-campus

Students who work on-campus will need to stop working if they:

  • They’ve already completed their course. They can still continue working if they are in the final semester and have met the other eligibility criteria.
  • Their student permit has expired
  • Students are on an authorized break from their studies
  • Students are not studying and are switching universities/colleges.

Students can start working after beginning their courses and have met all the conditions to work on campus.

Conditions for working off-campus

  • Students should study in one of the DLI(designated learning institutions)
  • Students are admitted in any one of the following:
  • The study program has a duration of at least 6 months and it should result in a degree or a diploma
  • Students have begun their course
  • Students have a Social Insurance Number

Here are the guidelines that students have to follow when working off-campus:

  1. Working while attending regular school term – As a student, you are allowed to work 20 hours per week and undertake more than one job. You will need to satisfy the requirements of your study permit.
  2. Working in the scheduled breaks – Students can work full-time if they are on an academic break. These breaks can include the following:
  • Summer holidays
  • Winter holidays
  • Fall
  • Spring reading week
  • Students can either work overtime or two part-time jobs whose time duration can be higher than the normal working hours.

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