ON /OFF CAMPUS WORK FAQs
I am a full-time student at VIU, can I work full time in summer break?
Yes, full-time students are permitted to work full-time during scheduled breaks on a valid Study Permit. Also, your Study Permit should have the authorization to work on or off campus. If you are taking a full-time course load during the summer, you are only permitted to work 20 hours per week.
I am a full-time student at VIU but I failed three of my courses (or withdrew), can I still work full time in summer if my Study Permit has the authorization to work?
No, students who failed their courses or withdrew are no longer eligible to work during scheduled breaks. Students who are no longer in full-time studies must not work.
What are the consequences if I withdrew (failed) from my courses and worked in a scheduled break?
Students who do not stop work and surrender their Work Permit, will be found non-compliant and will lose their ability to qualify for a work permit in future (PGWP or Co-op). If a student has failed to comply with the conditions of their Study Permit, which is being a full-time student and in academic good standing, and was engaged in unauthorized work, an Immigration Officer cannot issue or extend a Study Permit for six months. It is called a “six-month ban” for noncompliance imposed on Temporary Residents.
How can the government find out that I worked full time while I was not qualifying to work?
There are many ways to trace International student’s work: through payment records, universities compliance report to Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada and other.
I am a BA Program student and would like to work off campus in the summer time, what I am supposed to do?
You need to check if your Study Permit authorizes you to work on /off campus, if yes, then apply for a SIN number at nearest Service Canada office (50 Front St.). Before you go there, please check your Study Permit expiry date. After you obtain a SIN number you may wish to attend Career preparation seminars at VIU and learn how to search for a job.
I started my education at VIU with ESL courses, now I am an academic program student, but my Study Permit has a remark which prohibits me from working in Canada, what I should do about it?
If you are a registered full-time student in the academic program and your Study Permit prohibits you from working 20 hours per week after classes and during scheduled breaks, you need to apply for a renewal of your Study Permit to change the conditions.
I am a full-time academic program student at VIU and want to work during the summer break, but my Study Permit does not have any notes in the remarks and conditions section, what I should do?
If your Study Permit does not have any notes, you need to apply to amend it. Go to B 255 to request a letter ($10.Fee). There is no application fee. Please follow this link for more information: Government of Canada: Valid Temporary Resident Documents
I am a full-time academic student at VIU and I know that I am eligible to work on/off campus, but my Study Permit has a condition which prohibits me from working, can I appeal a decision?
No, under Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) of Canada, temporary residents have no right of appeal; therefore, the best solution is to reapply for it.
I am ESL student at VIU from visa exempt country and have International Experience Canada work permit, can I extend it?
No, however, you may wish to review Canada and your country’s agreement. Some countries allow young people to participate in this program more than once.
I am VIU exchange student from Sweden can I work off campus in summer?
Students in exchange programs are not eligible for off-campus work authorization.
I have been studying at VIU for two years now, but I enrolled in only two courses in each session in order to keep a manageable workload. Can I work 30 hours after classes and up to 40 hours during scheduled breaks?
If you are enrolled less than three courses in each semester you are not eligible to work off campus as well as after classes even if your Study Permit authorizes it. You need to be enrolled full-time and in good academic standing to be eligible to work after classes up to 20 hours per week and during scheduled breaks up to 40 hours a week.
I am an ESL (Exchange, Visiting, enrolled in general preparatory non-degree courses) student at VIU, can I work off campus?
If you are an ESL, Visiting or Exchange student, you are not eligible to work off campus. However, you can work on campus with a valid Study Permit as per IRPR Section 186 (f).
I was enrolled to BBA Program at VIU but decided to graduate earlier with a two-year diploma. My Study and Co-op Work Permit is valid until November 2017 with authorization to work. Can I continue working full time with it?
When a student finishes his/her studies early, Study & Co-op Work Permit will be invalid within 90 days even if it is valid for a longer date. Therefore, they need to apply for PGWP within those 90 days.
I am an academic student in the BBA Program. My Study Permit does not have any conditions or remarks; can I still work on campus?
Yes, you can work on campus if you are enrolled full-time and in good academic standing. However, it is recommended that you apply for an amendment of your Study Permit which will allow you to work on or off campus. Go to B 255 to request a letter ($10. Fee) Amending of Study Permit is free of charge.
I am a full-time student at VIU and my mother is accompanying me and has a visitor visa, can she apply for a Work Permit?
She may be able to apply for a work permit within or outside of Canada if she receives a permanent job offer supported by Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) issued by Service Canada.
I am an International Student at VIU. Can I take two courses in the classroom and one online and work full time?
No, students who are studying part-time are not eligible to work on or off campus. Online and distance learning courses are not eligible for work program.
I am a VIU student. How do I know if I am a full time or part time student?
Three or more courses at VIU are full-time studies. If your course load is less than three courses then you are part time student and consequently not eligible to work on or off campus.