Completing a certificate from a Canadian recognized learning institution is a terrific choice for those who want to work and reside in Canada. You may desire to work in Canada at some time throughout your study. The procedure for converting your study visa to a work permit will differ depending on where you are in your program.
Work while you are learning
If you are currently enrolled in full-time studies at a Canadian educational institution, you may be entitled to work part-time, or even full-time, in some instances.
Holders of a study permit may work up to 20 hours a week, or full-time during a specified break. To work part-time as a Canadian study permit holder, you do not need to apply for a separate work permission. However, the fact that you are permitted to work in Canada must be noted on your study visa. If you are qualified to work but your study permission does not say that you are permitted to work or accept employment in Canada, you can request to have your permit changed.
As part of their program of study, several educational institutions in Canada require students to complete a co-op or internship work placement. You may be able to work if you satisfy the conditions for a co-op or intern work visa.
After finishing your education, you can apply for a work permit.
You may be qualified to apply for a post-graduation work visa after finishing a credential at a designated learning institution (DLI). International students who graduate from a DLI are awarded post-graduation employment permits that are valid for up to three years.
A post-graduation work visa has the advantage of not being connected to any single company, occupation, or location. This is sometimes referred to as an open work permit. You can work in any job, anywhere in Canada, with an open work permit.
You have 180 days from the completion of your education to apply for an open work permit. An application for a post-graduate work visa can be made from anywhere in the world or from within Canada.
Obtaining a work visa before finishing your education
With rare exceptions, acquiring a work visa in Canada will need a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) if you decide to discontinue studying in Canada before completing your credential. This entails locating a legitimate Canadian employment offer from a business prepared to assist your work visa application by obtaining an LMIA.
An LMIA establishes that the Canadian employer was unable to fill the position with a permanent resident or citizen. Individuals with closed work permits have less mobility than those with open work permits. A closed LMIA work permit, as opposed to an open post-graduate work visa, is attached to a certain company, position, and location.
It is vital to know that after you cease studying, your study permit will no longer be deemed valid. As a result, you must notify Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) that you are discontinuing your studies. If you do not have legal status in Canada, you must leave the country while your work permit application is being processed.
If you are a student in Canada and want to learn more about your choices for obtaining permanent residency in Canada, we welcome you to fill out our free online assessment form.