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Gaining work experience while you are studying can give you a head start on achieving your career goals after you graduate. Each institution defines full-time studies and scheduled breaks in compliance with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Here are some resources to help you understand your enrollment status and working eligibility as a Douglas College student.
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Off-Campus Working Eligibility1
(May - Aug)
(Ø, FT, or PT okay)
(Sept - Dec)
If you study permit does not specify working conditions, you may request to amend your study permit with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) at no cost. If you are an ELLA student moving into an academic program, you may also apply for a Change of Conditions.
You may work on-campus without a work permit if you:
"On-campus" is defined as employment facilities within the boundaries of the campus. Students are only allowed to work on the campus at which they are registered as a FT student. Students cannot work at OTHER campuses affiliated with the College. For example, if you are enrolled full-time at the New West campus, you can only work at the New West campus.
The employer can be the institution, a faculty, a student organization, the students themselves (self-employment taking place on campus), a private business, or a private contractor providing services to the institution on the campus. IRCC does not regulate the amount of hours you can work on-campus.
International students can work off-campus if:
To maintain working eligibility off-campus (and eligibility for a Post-Graduate Work Permit), most students must be enrolled full-time (9 credits minimum) for the Winter and Fall semesters unless it is your last semester. Most PDD and certificate students must also be enrolled full-time during summer semester. See table above.
For all other programs including ELLA, there is NO minimum enrollment requirement for Summer semester. Students may enrol as PT, FT, or take the Summer semester off.
Eligible students can work up to 20 hours per week during academic sessions once you have commenced your program of study. During Scheduled Breaks eligible students can work full-time regardless of your course load.
Question: Can I work after off-campus during the break of two programs?
Answer: You may work full-time off-campus for up to 150 days from the date of your completion letter until the start of the new program only if:
*If your new program starts more than 150 days after the completion of your first program, you should leave Canada until your new program begins or apply to change to visitor status.
Question: I am in ELLA program, and my study permit shows the conditions or remarks that allow me to work, can I work?
Answer: ELLA students are NOT eligible for working off campus until you commence your academic program.
Question: I will be part-time in the fall semester, can I work full-time during the previous summer semester?
Answer: No, you cannot work full time in the summer semester unless you hold full-time status during the academic session before and after your scheduled break.
Immigration Advising is available at the International Office with one of our International Student Advisors. Visit Services for Success for contact info and drop-in hours.
(Date modified: 2019-03-04)