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As a temporary measure, some international students eligible to work off-campus can work more than 20 hours a week starting from November 15, 2022, until whichever comes first:
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Off-campus work is work that takes place on any location outside the boundaries of UBC Okanagan.
Volunteer positions and internships (paid or unpaid) may be considered work by IRCC. For example, if you volunteer for a job that is normally performed by paid employees (photocopying, customer service, etc.), it is considered work regardless of whether you are paid or not. If your volunteer position or internship is considered work, you must have the appropriate work authorization before you start.
It is important to review the meaning of work according to the IRCC definition to determine what is considered work.
You may work off-campus starting the first day of the term you begin studies at UBC if you meet all of the following requirements:
You should also consider the following:
Note: International visiting, unclassified and Visiting International Research Students (VIRS) are not eligible to work off campus but you might be eligible for on-campus work.
Full time has many definitions at UBC. Visit UBC’s definitions for immigration purposes.
If you are studying in an undergraduate degree, certificate and diploma program or on exchange and meet UBC’s definition of “full-time” for immigration purposes, you may work off campus up to a maximum of 20 hours per week during the regular academic year (September to April).
You may work full-time during academic scheduled breaks (summer session, Reading Week, and breaks between terms) if you are eligible to work during a scheduled break. Please refer to UBC’s definition for immigration purposes.
If you are studying in a graduate degree and meet UBC’s definition of full-time for immigration purposes, you are considered to have an ongoing, full-time relationship with the university and therefore may work off campus up to a maximum of 20 hours per week during academic terms, including summer.
You may work full-time during Reading Week and academic scheduled breaks between terms if you are eligible to work during a scheduled break. Please refer to UBC’s definition for immigration purposes.
If you are studying in a degree, certificate, or diploma program and are in your final term, regardless of when the final term occurs, you may work off-campus up to 20 hours/week until your letter of completion becomes available.
Once your letter of completion becomes available, you must stop working on your study permit immediately. If you meet the requirements outlined in the “if you are completing your UBC academic program” section, you may work full-time.
You must have a co-op work permit if your work (e.g. co-op placement or internship) is integral to your program of study. Your co-op work permit can only be used for this kind of work and you may simultaneously hold a co-op work permit and work off-campus if you meet the criteria for each.
You may work full-time once your letter of completion becomes available if you meet the following:
Important: An eligible academic program refers to a program offered by a post-secondary Designated Learning Institution as per IRCC’s website.
Important: Your study permit will automatically become invalid within 90 days of completing your first program, regardless of the expiry date on your current study permit. If you plan to pursue further studies, you must extend your study permit before it becomes invalid from within Canada. Learn more about study permit extensions.
If you are transferring between educational institutions within Canada, either in or out of UBC, you need to login to MyCIC to tell Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) that you have transferred. See IRCC’s website for more information.
The immigration information on this page has been reviewed and endorsed by Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs) or Regulated International Student Immigration Advisors (RISIAs) in compliance with the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and Regulations. However, this is not a legal document and information may change without notice. Always refer to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for the most up-to-date information.
We respectfully acknowledge the Syilx Okanagan Nation and their peoples, in whose traditional, ancestral, unceded territory UBC Okanagan is situated.