The Rules For Working While In Canada On A Student Visa

Recently, the government has liberalized the rules to make it easier for students to work while they’re studying and on summer break.

These changes were made partly to make it more attractive financially, but also to help students stay in Canada and work so they can raise some money, get some experience and also avoid the expense of travelling to their home country to work for those few months when they are not in school.

On-campus employment is allowed as long as the student is going to an accepted institution, which includes most public institutions. The full-time student who’s got a study permit can work on campus as soon as they get here. The off-campus work restrictions are fairly simple. The person must have been a full-time student for at least 6 months to qualify, and after that, must continue being a full-time student at an approved institution. The off-campus employment that is allowed is open so students can work in any field and can work up to 20 hours per week during the school year and up to 40 hours per week during breaks. Students are able to get lots of experience and make some money to help finance their education. These changes to the restrictions have been met with approval by both the institutions and the students.

The situation is very good for spouses of foreign students. While a full-time foreign student has some restricted abilities to work, the student’s spouse is entitled to an open work permit; they can work full time anywhere. They’re not restricted to working on campus, nor to a certain number of hours. A spouse of a foreign student can work in any area and get a work permit for a fee of $150.00.

If you, or someone you care about, is dealing with immigration law issues in the Calgary, Alberta Region, contact Sherritt Greene Barristers & Solicitors for a consultation.

This article is taken from a July 15, 2008 interview with Michael Greene an immigration lawyer with Sherritt Greene Barristers & Solicitors, a Calgary Immigration Law Firm. Note that laws vary from province to province. Please consult with a lawyer in your own area to be sure of the laws and specific issues in your own jurisdiction.