Information for Employers
Are you an employer? This page will walk you through the working eligibility for international students who are either currently enrolled at Centennial College, or are in the process of transitioning from a student to a Post-Graduation Work Permit holder.
*Please note: Canadian immigration laws are always subject to change. For the most up-to-date information, please refer to the official website of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
Working eligibility for international students while they are enrolled at Centennial College
Students may work off-campus without a work permit while they study at the College if they:
- Have a valid study permit
- Are registered full-time
- Are enrolled in a degree, diploma, or certificate program that is at least six months long and have already started the program
- Have a valid Social Insurance Number
More information is available on the Government of Canada’s Work Off Campus as an International Student page.
Students may work up to 20 hours per week during their regular full-time academic sessions, and may work full-time during their regularly scheduled breaks (i.e. summer break, reading week).
Working eligibility for international students transitioning from a student to a Post-Graduation Work Permit holder
Transitioning to a Post-Graduation Work Permit
Students may apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit within 90 days following the completion of their program of study. They can continue to work off-campus provided that they hold a valid study permit permitting off-campus employment and have applied for a Post-Graduation Work Permit. They may work full-time during the transitioning period. For more details, please visit the Government of Canada’s Study Permits: Off-Campus Work page, and refer to the section titled “Conditions for work”.
As per s.186 (w) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR), international students who have applied for a Post-Graduation Work Permit while they were in possession of a valid study permit may continue to work off-campus until the decision is made on their application.
Social Insurance Number and Implied Status
If temporary residents (i.e. international students and foreign workers) apply for renewal of their work or study permit and their permit expires before a decision is made on their application, they have the right to continue working or studying under the same conditions while their application is being processed as long as they remain in Canada (as per s.186 (u) and s.189 of the IRPR). Temporary residents will have implied status until a decision is rendered by the IRCC. For more details, please visit the Government of Canada’s Employer Information – Social Insurance Number (SIN) page, and refer to the subsection titled “Before extending employment for your employee”.
Last reviewed: July 12, 2018