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The co-op work permit allows international students to work when the work is for credit and is integral to your program of study. A co-op work permit allows students to work full-time during regular school terms. A co-op work permit is different from authorization to work off-campus, and you may engage in both kinds of work if you meet the criteria for each.
Learn how to apply for a co-op work permit.
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The co-op work permit is only for work that is for credit and is a required part of your academic program such as official UBC co-op work terms and practicum placements. It cannot be used for work that is not part of your official academic program of study. For example, it cannot be used for internships required by external funding organizations or for any other kind of work that is not essential to your program of study (‘essential’ means that you cannot graduate unless you complete the work term). You can read more about these requirements on the IRCC website.
If you are enrolled in a co-op program, you are required to have a co-op work permit before you start your work term. Your co-op work permit will list the employer as “UBC” and will allow you to work for any authorized co-op work term. This work permit only allows you to do the job approved by your co-op program within your co-op work term.
You may start your application for a co-op work permit as soon as you receive the letter from your coordinator confirming your acceptance into the co-op program at UBC.
A co-op work permit is different from an off-campus work. You may simultaneously hold a co-op work permit and work off-campus if you meet the criteria for each.
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