VIU International students

Social Insurance Number (SIN)

In order to work in Canada you must have a SIN (Social Insurance Number).  There is no fee to obtain a SIN and it is usually valid for the same duration as your study permit.  You are required to provide your SIN within three days of employment.  Please apply for SIN online or by mail and you have the option to apply in person too. Please gather the required documents listed for Temporary Residents of Canada and if you decide to apply in person must take the following documents,  to a Service Canada Office:

  • passport and your VIU student ID
  • study permit if there is a remark stating “may accept employment” or “may work” in Canada;

If a student’s study permit does not include the above mentioned remarks, it is recommended that the student apply for an amendment of study permit. There is no fee for amending the study permit. If student's study permit have a condition stating “prohibited from working in Canada”, student must apply to change study permit conditions prior applying for SIN. There is a $150 CAD fee for the renewal of a study permit.

Service Canada

60 Front Street, Nanaimo, BC,

Telephone: 250-754-0222

How to Apply for SIN 

International Students and the Social Insurance Number