From Study Permit to Work Permit in Canada

Unlike other countries, international students in Canada are allowed to work during and after their studies, under some conditions. If you wish to learn more about the process of changing a study permit to a work permit in Canada, this article fits right for you!

From Study Permit to Work Permit in Canada

As a country that focuses on individual growth and development, Canada provides opportunities for international students to study, work and settle in the country. Unlike other countries, international students in Canada are allowed to work during and after their studies, under some conditions. If you wish to learn more about the process of changing a study permit to a work permit in Canada, this article fits right for you! 

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1. During your study: working part-time for up 20 hours/week

If your school is on the Designated Learning Institution List (DLIs), then you do not have to apply for a separate work permit to work during your school time. In this case, study permit holders are allowed to work part-time up to 20 hours a week and full-time during a scheduled break from your school.

Please keep in mind that, you are only eligible for working in Canada if your study permit clearly stated that you are authorized to work in the country. 

Some programs in Canada include co-op/internship terms. If you are qualified for it, you can apply for the co-op work permit and work full-time at that time. These are the requirements for a co-op work permit:

  • Hold a  valid study permit
  • Co-op or internship placement is required to complete your study program in Canada
  • The confirmation from your school that all students in the program need to complete work placements to get their degrees, and
  • The time of your co-op placement or internship totals 50% or less of your study program

2. After your study: Post Graduate Work Permit (PGWP)

PGWP is the open work permit designed by the Government of Canada for students who have graduated from eligible Canadian-designed learning institutions (DLIs). The work experience gained in National Occupational Classification (NOC) skill type 0 or skill level A or B helps graduates qualify for the Permanent Residency Programs through Canadian experience class within Express Entry:

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program: the program is for skilled workers who gain the foreign work experience and wish to immigrate to Canada permanently
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program: skilled workers need to be qualified in a skilled trade to apply for this program
  • Canadian Experience Class: skilled workers who have Canadian work experience

Learn more about the PGWP process here

3. Before you graduate: Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)

If you wish to change your study permit to a work permit before graduating from your program, then a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) from your employer is needed – with a few exceptions. 

To get LMIA, the employer must prove that it is impossible to hire someone in Canada (Canadian and Permanent Resident), so they have to hire and sponsor foreign workers to live and work in the country. 

It is crucial to understand that once you stop studying, your study permit is now no longer valid. Therefore, you must inform Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) immediately to update your status. With no status in Canada, you must leave the country and wait for your new work permit approved to come back and start working.


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