Can i study and work in Canada at the same time?

International students studying in Canada enjoy many rights as temporary residents. They are also allowed to work. However, employment for a Canadian student has certain features, which we will try to understand in this article.

International students in training Why would an international student work in Canada?

As you know, Canada is currently a very popular country for education. The cost of education here is significantly lower compared to neighboring United States and, especially, the United Kingdom. And the quality of education is at a very high level. However, most international students in Canadian universities wish to work alongside their studies. As a rule, there are these main reasons for this desire:
First of all, the need to earn extra money. Studying in Canada is quite expensive. Especially in terms of students from Ukraine. That is why they try to use any opportunity to earn money, if not on training, at least on pocket expenses.
The second reason students are eager to work is to gain practical experience. In this case, this experience may not be directly related to the profession. However, any job does provide an opportunity to develop communication skills and subsequently feel more confident.
And, of course, if a student succeeds in finding a job that is directly related to his or her degree, by the time he or she graduates such a student will have a significant advantage on the labor market. After all, he will already have practical work experience in Canada, in this particular area.

International students who are in training Why Why? How can you work while studying in Canada?

Under Canadian law, international students are entitled to work from the very beginning of their studies. However, this right has certain restrictions that are designed to ensure that the student is able to perform his or her primary function, which is to study.

Currently, an international student in Canada can be legally employed in several ways.

  • Work on campus. The number of such jobs is usually limited. These jobs may include cleaning work, work in cafes, or work in libraries. Such work is not very generously paid. But it does not require a permit. It is possible to work on campus from the first day of training. However, in any case, you can work no more than 20 hours per week.
  • Off campus work. Off-campus employment is only possible after six months of study at a Canadian university. You must obtain a special off-campus work permit (Off-Campus Work Permit). As in the previous case, off-campus working hours may not exceed 20 hours per week. It is clear that in this case you will be able to earn more than if you work off campus.
  • Work on training programs co-op. Ideal for students. Co-op Programs are very popular. After all, on such a program a student does not just earn extra money. He gets invaluable work experience in the field in which he gets education. Participation in such a program requires a special work permit (Co-op Work Permit). Students who have completed such programs are already oriented in practical work and have the necessary communication skills. Such graduates are in great demand in the Canadian labor market.
  • Training with the opportunity to work in Study & Work Canada. Under this program, in Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver, you can take a training course with the possibility of employment in tourism and hotel and restaurant industry. Such a program may be an excellent way to prepare for future emigration to Canada. In addition, this way you can “tighten” your knowledge of English, in its Canadian version.

It should be noted that the opportunity to work outside of school hours, in Canada, is directly related to a student’s academic performance. That is, if a student fails, he or she may be expelled from university. The student will automatically lose all of the above rights to employment. For this reason, everyone should be able to properly allocate their resources to best meet both learning and earning extra money.

What are the employment opportunities after training?

Individuals who graduate from Canadian universities in a program are eligible for a post-graduation work permit. The length of time a post-graduation work permit is valid depends on how many years a person has been educated at a Canadian institution. Thus individuals who have been able to obtain a bachelor’s degree after 4 years of study receive a work permit within 3 years. Remember that this is the exact period of legal stay in Canada, after which you can raise the question of permanent residence (Permanent Resident) in Canada. If the period of study was less than 2 years, such graduates may stay in Canada for a period equal to the period of study.

In any case, studying at a Canadian university provides ample opportunity to make the most of your time in Canada. Students who work during vacation periods may well earn the basic amount to pay for their studies at the university. In addition, the experience gained while working in Canada is a significant advantage when seeking a good position after graduation from a university or college.
As a result, an international student in Canada may have no problem earning a living and earning extra money. And for students from Ukraine and other countries with low living standards, this is the best way to study in Canada. Of course, work, in any case, should not be an obstacle to good academic performance.

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