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Canada: Off-campus work is permitted as part of the studies

Instructions addressing students who only require a part-time course load in their last academic session to finish their program of study have been clarified. These students may work full-time during the regularly planned break before their final semester and up to hours per week off-campus during their final academic session, provided they have maintained full-time status throughout their program of study.

Certain students can work off-campus without a work permit. During a regular academic session, they can work part-time (up to 20 hours per week) and full-time during regularly arranged breaks between academic periods.

Criteria for eligibility 

International students do not need a permit to work off-campus if they have the following checks:

  1. They have a valid study permit 
  2. They are full-time students at a Designated Learning Institution
  3. They are enrolled in a post-secondary academic, vocational, or professional training program or a secondary vocational training program in Quebec.
  4. The study program lasts at least six months and leads to a degree, diploma, or certificate.

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