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Instructional Update for International Students Working On-Campus in Canada

February 2017, 11
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Students Working On-Campus in Canada
The IRCC, or ‘Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’, has upgraded the procedure for overseas students who are applying for a SIN, or Social Insurance Number, in order to be working on-campus. As of 10th February 2017, international students will no longer require a contract of employment to apply for a SIN.

Formerly, international students who wanted to apply for a SIN in order to work on-campus needed to hold a valid study permit as well as an employment contract. For every individual eligible to work in Canada or/and is pursuing any employment, whether on or off campus, a SIN is necessary.  

IRCC establishes “on-campus” as "employment facilities within the boundaries of the campus" —say, for instance, working at a library, hospital, store, cafeteria or research facility… within the campus of the institution. On-campus employment comprises of research assistant and teaching roles. International students, who are full-time students at a post-secondary establishment, can work without a work permit at their university, college or school campus. The authorization to work would be applicable for the duration of the study permit. 

International, full-time students in Canada can also be employed off-campus while studying. In this case, a SIN is still necessary in order to commence working for an employer.

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