To apply for a work permit under the Off-Campus Work Permit Program:
- Check the list of participating post-secondary institutions in British Columbia to make sure your institution is part of the Off-Campus Work Permit Program.
- Access the "Applying for a work permit - student guide" document on the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website. Read this document carefully.
- Read the information on student eligibility to make sure you are eligible. If so:
- Begin your application for an Off-Campus Work Permit online by creating a profile on Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s website at MyCIC and then proceed with a request for Eligibility Verification. In completing this request, you will be required to sign a consent statement. The request for verification will be forwarded to the Designated Institutional Representative (DIR) at your participating educational institution. If you satisfy the academic eligibility requirements, an Electronic Verification Number (EVN) will be issued and you will be notified by email. If approved, the EVN is valid for 60 calendar days. If you have not applied for an Off-Campus Work Permit within the 60 day validity period you must request a new EVN in order to re-apply for the program at a later date.
- Once you have your EVN, you have two options for completing your application: do the rest of the application online and submit it by following the prompts of the system, or print out your EVN and mail it in with the other required documentation for the application. See the Document Checklist in the student guide for a list of other documents required for your application.
- Pay the application processing fee of $150. Information about how to pay the fee is available in the student guide.
- Submit your application. If mailing in your application, be sure to follow the directions regarding mailing addresses in the student guide.
- The Case Processing Centre will either approve or refuse your application, or inform you that it has been referred to the local Canada Immigration Centre for more assessment. Go to the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website for an estimate of the current length of processing time. The processing times are updated every week. Note: An immigration officer may impose conditions when issuing a work permit. These may include the type of job you may take, who you may work for, and where or how long you may work. You may need to take a medical exam if you want to work in areas like health care, child care, or primary or secondary education. See the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website for more details.
- Once your work permit has been processed, you will need to apply for a social insurance number (SIN). Visit the Service Canada website for more information.