Working as an international student

Gaining work experience while you are studying can give you a head start on achieving your career goals after you graduate. Each institution defines听听补苍诲听听in compliance with听Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). For the definitions for听香港六盒宝典开奖结果 International students, visit Enrollment status for International studentspage.

Here are some resources to help you understand your enrollment status and working eligibility as a 香港六盒宝典开奖结果 student.听

Note: Students enrolled in the ELLA (English Language Learning and Acquisition) program are not eligible to work off-campus. Students enrolled in the Academic Foundations Certificate program and who are completing courses to meet admission requirements of another academic program are not eligible to work off-campus.

After Arrival
Period Program Enrolment Off-Campus Working Eligibility
During the time before you start your studies at Douglas Academic programs N/A No work allowed
First Semester
Period Program Enrolment Off-Campus Working Eligibility
The semester when you started your studies at Douglas or听the first semester you are enrolled in a new program if you changed your program听 Academic programs 9 credits minimum Up to 20hrs/week

Winter Semester
Period Program Enrolment Off-Campus Working Eligibility
January - April Academic programs 9 credits minimum Up to 20hrs/week
Summer Semester
Period Program Enrolment Off-Campus Working Eligibility
May - August Diplomas, Associate Degrees, Bachelor's Degrees, Post-Baccalaureate Diplomas

Scheduled break &

Optional enrolment

Post-Degree Diplomas, Certificates 9 credits minimum Up to 20hrs/week

Optional enrolment means there is no enrolment requirement and you are allowed to take the summer semester off, be part-time enrolled or be full-time enrolled.听

You must be enrolled full-time in the semester before and after the Summer semester in order to work full-time. Full-time work means you can work more than 20 hours/week. Check for more information.听

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NOTE:听You may work off-campus on a full-time basis in the Summer regardless of the course load if:

  1. you have maintained full-time enrolment status for the duration of your program,
  2. you are in the program that is eligible for a Summer scheduled break,
  3. you maintained your full-time status in the preceding Winter semester, and
  4. you have a part-time course load left in the following Fall semester as your final semester.

For more information please visit .

Fall Semester
Period Program Enrolment Off-Campus Working Eligibility
September - December Academic programs 9 credits minimum Up to 20hrs/week
Study Break
Period Program Enrolment Off-Campus Working Eligibility

Check "dates and deadlines" for the specific week in February

Academic programs

Scheduled break &

No courses


You need to be full-time enrolled in the Winter semester in order to work full-time in the study break.听Full-time work means you can work more than 20 hours/week.听Check for more information.听

Break between Semesters
Period Program Enrolment Off-Campus Working Eligibility

From the day after the last day of 香港六盒宝典开奖结果's exam period to the day before the first day of the following semester

Academic programs

Scheduled break &

No courses


In order to work full-time in the break between two semesters, you need to be听enrolled full-time in those two semesters.听Full-time work means听more than 20 hours/week. There is no set number of hours per week that counts as 'full-time' work. Check for more information.听

The last day of your final exams is not the same as the last day of the college's exam period. Please check our dates and deadlines for more information.

Last Semester
Period Program Enrolment Off-Campus Working Eligibility

The semester when you complete your studies at Douglas

Academic programs

Part-time enrolment allowed if only part-time course load needed

Up to 20hrs/week
From the last day of exam period to the first written notification of program completion N/A

You may work off-campus on a part-time basis, only if you have maintained full-time status during听each academic semester of your study program. This does not include your final semester, which can be part-time.

For more information about on-campus working eligibility in your last semester, please .

The first written notification refers to the date you receive either: 1) Completion Letter or, 2) An email confirming all graduation requirements are met, whichever comes first.

Documents Needed for Working

1. Study permit -听In some cases, your study permit also act as your work permit. Your study permit must say one of the following:

  • May work 20 hrs per week off-campus or full-time during regular breaks if meeting criteria outlined in section听听of IRPR, or
  • May accept employment on or off campus if meeting eligibility criteria as per听. Must cease working if no longer meeting these criteria.

2. Social Insurance Number (SIN)听-听A Social Insurance Number is required in order听to work in Canada. , bring your valid study permit and passport and to the nearest听.听

If you study permit does not specify working conditions, you may听听your study permit with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) at no cost.听If you are an ELLA student moving into an academic program, you may also apply for a听.听

IRCC Temporary Policy (November 15, 2022 until December 31, 2023)

IRCC announced that starting from November 15, 2022, until December 31, 2023, eligible international students who have a valid study permit with off-campus work authorization will be able to work full-time.听

You may be eligible to work off-campus more than 20 hours per week while registered in classes at 香港六盒宝典开奖结果 if you:听

  • Are a study permit holder and are studying full-time at 香港六盒宝典开奖结果 (or part-time during your final academic session but maintained your full-time status throughout your program),听


  • Have been approved for a study permit but you have not arrived in Canada yet.听

In addition, you must meet all the following requirements:听

  • Your study permit application (including study permit extension) was received by IRCC before October 7, 2022;听

  • Your study permit has the conditions that allow you to work off-campus;听

  • You must be either in Canada or coming to Canada by December 31, 2023.听

For more information about this temporary policy, please visit . If you have any questions about your eligibility, please do not hesitate to contact us.听

Working On-campus

You may work on-campus without a work permit if you:

  • are a听full-time student听enrolled at 香港六盒宝典开奖结果
  • have a valid study permit
  • have a valid SIN听

"On-campus" is defined as employment facilities within the boundaries of the campus. Students are only allowed to work on the campus at which they are registered as a FT student. Students cannot work at OTHER campuses affiliated with the College.听For example, if you are enrolled full-time at the New West campus, you can only work at the New West campus.

The employer can be听the institution, a faculty, a student organization, the students themselves (self-employment taking place on campus), a private business, or听a private contractor providing services to the institution on the campus.听IRCC does not regulate the amount of hours you can work on-campus.听

Working Off-campus

International students can work off-campus if:

  • You are a full-time student enrolled at 香港六盒宝典开奖结果;
  • You are in an academic program that is at least 6 months in duration and that leads to a degree, diploma or certificate;
  • You have a valid study permit;
  • Your study permit has the conditions that allow you to work;
  • You have a valid SIN.

To maintain working eligibility off-campus (and eligibility for a Post-Graduate Work Permit), most students must be enrolled full-time (9 credits minimum) for the Winter and Fall semesters unless it is your last semester. PDD and certificate students听must also be enrolled full-time during summer semester. See table above.听

For听other programs听including ELLA, there is NO minimum enrollment requirement for Summer semester. Students may enrol as PT, FT, or take the Summer semester off.

Eligible students can work up to 20 hours per week during academic sessions once you have commenced your program of study. During scheduled breaks听eligible students can听work听full-time regardless of your course load.

Working with a Co-op Work Permit

Co-op work permit is a work permit that allows a student to work more than the working hours (on or off-campus work) authorized by a study permit.听听

Who needs a co-op work permit?听

Group A. Students who are accepted into a Co-op Education Program at Douglas (check听Career Centre听for more details on application for this program)听or students who听will听register in听COBA 4885听to complete听their program.听

Group B. Students whose听programs听require听them to finish a听practicum/internship/working hours听to graduate.听

How do you apply for a co-op work permit?听

For group听A听(students in Co-op Education Program or听COBA 4885听students)听

  1. Contact听Career Centre听to learn details about how you can apply to the co-op program听or contact your program coordinator/chair for approval听to register in听COBA听4885;听

  1. Once you are admitted in the co-op program听or听approved to register in COBA 4885, Career Centre will share the list of participating students with Douglas International for us to issue you the co-op support letters. You DO NOT need to request this letter听from us.听听

For group B (students whose programs require practicum/internship/working hours to graduate)听

  1. You should apply for your co-op work permit along with your initial study permit application. Make sure your LOA has such working requirement mentioned in Box 24 on your Letter of Acceptance (LOA). You should indicate that work is an essential part of your studies in the听Immigration Refugees Citizenship Canada (IRCC)听questionnaire听(see the听guide听for more instructions)听and submit your LOA as a proof for co-op letter in the application. Make sure you receive a co-op work permit along with your initial study permit at the Port of Entry when you land in Canada.听

  1. If you did not receive a co-op work permit and you have already commenced your studies at Douglas, you should听contact us.听听

  1. If you changed your program to a program that听requires听to finish a听practicum/internship/working hours听to graduate, please make sure you request a LOA for this new program.听You should indicate that work is an essential part of your studies in the IRCC questionnaire (see the听guide听for more instructions) and submit your LOA as a proof for co-op letter in the application.听听

Application Guides听

香港六盒宝典开奖结果 - Application guide

Douglas鈥疌ollege鈥- Questionnaire听guide鈥

香港六盒宝典开奖结果 - IMM 5710 form guide鈥



What do you need to know about this co-op work permit?

  1. You need to hold a co-op work permit听before you start working听on the practicum/internship/working hours required by your program.听

  1. The work permit issued to you by IRCC will鈥疧NLY鈥痑uthorize鈥痽ou to work for these specific internship hours and no other types of work (i.e.鈥痳egular on/off Campus work).鈥

  1. To perform the required听working听by your program, you may work full-time during the semester while holding a co-op work permit. However, it is important that you track your hours regularly. When you reach鈥痶he听required amount of work, you must stop using the co-op work permit.鈥

  1. If you decide to continue for the same employer after completing the required amount, you must follow your off-campus working eligibility hours (i.e.鈥痬aximum 20 hours per week during an academic semester, see more details under Working Off-Campus)听- you still need to meet all 香港六盒宝典开奖结果 and IRCC requirements.鈥

  1. As a study permit holder, you are required to be actively pursuing your studies toward successful completion of your program and your focus should be on your studies - not working.鈥

  1. You may also need a听medical exam听for this co-op work permit听application. Please check听听for more details or contact us through听webform.听

Co-op work permits and off-campus work authorization

From November 15, 2022, to December 31, 2023,鈥痵ome students may start their co-op after applying for a co-op work permit.鈥痀ou don鈥檛 need a co-op work permit to complete your co-op placement if you meet鈥补濒濒鈥of the following conditions:听

  • You have a valid study permit and IRCC received your application for this study permit on or before October 7, 2022.听

  • Your study permit shows that you鈥檙e authorized to work off campus.听

  • You鈥檙e eligible to benefit from the鈥痶o work more than 20 hours per week while class is in session.听

  • Your co-op placement ends by December 31, 2023 and your co-op placement is completed before the expiry date of your current study permit.听

If your co-op placement ends after December 31, 2023, or if you aren鈥檛 eligible for the temporary policy change or your study permit does not authorize you to work in your practicum field, you need to apply for a co-op work permit.听听

**For more information about this temporary policy change, please visit or contact us.听

Frequently Asked Questions

You may work full-time off-campus for up to 150 days from the date of your completion letter until the start of the new program only if:

  • met the eligibility requirements to work off campus as per Paragraph R
  • have received the completion letter for the first program,
  • have submitted an application to extend your study permit before it expires, or have a valid study permit,
  • have been issued a letter of acceptance to a subsequent program of full-time study at a DLI

*If your new program starts more than 150 days after the completion of your first program, you should leave Canada until your new program begins or apply to change to visitor status.

ELLA students are NOT eligible for working off campus until you commence your academic program.

Yes,听unpaid听internship/practicum听still听counts听as听work.听听defines work as听an activity for which wages are paid or commission is earned, or that competes directly with activities of Canadian citizens or permanent residents in the Canadian labour market.

Enrolment Requirement and Working Eligibility for Summer 2023

[NEW] Thinking about the Summer 2023 enrolment and your working eligibility? Use our Form to learn more!

This questionnaire assumes you are taking courses exclusively at 香港六盒宝典开奖结果. This form is intended for general inquiries only and should not be used as a legal immigration document. The burden of proof is on the student to comply with the conditions of your study permit and to ensure your eligibility and compliance.