Canada is one of the most attractive places in the world to study and work in. In fact, according to the IRCC, over half a million students enrolled in a Canadian university. That said, studying is only half the goal for many of these enrollees. The real dream is finally settling down with a good-paying job in Canada, enjoying the benefits that not only the business gives, but being given the status of a permanent resident or even citizen of the country.
That said, how do you, an international student, find a job in Canada? Here’s what you need to know to find a rewarding career:
Know the Work Regulations as a Student
If you plan to work as a student, knowing the work regulations that apply to students is a must.
For on-campus work, understand that you can only work after your studies have started and that the study permit states that you are allowed to work on campus. If the permit doesn’t make this obvious, then you can ask the university to change it free of charge. However, you won’t need a permit if you are a full-time post-secondary student, have a social insurance number, and have a valid study permit.
For off-campus work, most of the on-campus requirements will also apply. The difference here is that you won’t need a permit if your employer can ensure that this is possible before the job is taken. Other things that will allow you to work permit-free include being a full-time student at a designated learning institution or enrolled in a professional training, post-secondary, or vocational program. Also, you won’t need a permit if your studies last at least six months, you have a valid study permit, you have a social insurance number, or you will graduate with a degree, diploma, or certificate.
Know the Work Regulations after Graduation
Now, after you have graduated, the work regulations will change quite a bit. In most cases, before your study permit expires, you would already be applying for a work permit or a post-graduation work permit (PGWP). Keep in mind that if you want to apply for a PGWP, you will need to graduate from a designated learning institution. Note that it doesn’t guarantee that you will get it.
After graduating, you will need to apply within six months of graduating or receiving your final grades. You will also need to pay around 255 CAD for the application fee and wait around 50-plus days for the PGWP to be issued to you. Once received, the PGWP can stay valid for nine months up to three years, depending on how long your study program was.
If you aren’t looking to get a work permit, your only other option is to enrol in a new program under a designated learning institution. If the university you pick isn’t a designated learning institution, you won’t be eligible to work.
With all of that said, we hope you know what to expect when looking to study in Canada and find a job. Keep in mind that these regulations and conditions may change at any time, so you must keep up with the latest information when you immigrate to Canada. With that, if you do want to increase your chances of landing a rewarding job, then you will have to sit back and start applying. Get involved with student associates, participate in volunteering programs, and even join internships. The more extensive your network and the more time you spend using it, the likelier you will land your dream job!
If you’re looking for professional help from a trusted firm, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-888-404-8472.