Important Note: There have been recent changes to international student immigration regulations that took effect on June 1, 2014.  Please refer to the CIC website for more details.

Off-campus work allows eligible international students to work part-time off-campus while completing your studies at Langara. You do not need a work permit in order to work off campus while attending Langara, as your study permit gives you permission to accept off campus employment as long as you’re registered in full-time studies. There are, however, certain conditions you must observe to work off campus. Please make sure to read below to learn about the conditions to be eligible to work off campus.

You may work off-campus, starting the first day of the term, if you have a valid study permit and you are a full-time international student in a degree, diploma, or certificate program at Langara.  Full time studies at Langara is considered to be 9 or more credits per term.  ESL (i.e. LEAP) students are not eligible to work off-campus.

Hours of work permitted

Eligible students may work a maximum of 20 hours per week during the regular academic year (September to April) and full-time during scheduled breaks (Summer, Winter, and mid-term breaks).

You will need to obtain social insurance number (SIN) to work in Canada.  For more information about how to get a SIN, click here.

Scheduled Breaks at Langara

Scheduled Break (for off campus work)

Based on Regulation 186(v)(iii) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations, eligible students can work full time during a scheduled break.  At Langara, for most programs, the Summer semester (May-August) is considered a scheduled break.  However, some exceptions do apply.  Please check with an International Student Coordinator for clarification.

According to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, a scheduled break should not be more than four months consecutively in a calendar year, and eligible students must hold full-time enrollment before and after the scheduled break (i.e. in the previous Spring Semester and the following Fall Semester).

The reading week, breaks between terms and the summer term are considered scheduled breaks for immigration purposes at Langara, unless otherwise specified. 

In order to work off campus full time during a scheduled break in the Summer Semester if you are enrolled part time (less than 9 credits) or not enrolled, you must meet two of the following requirements:

  1. Successful completion of nine or more credits in the previous Spring Semester and
  2. Meet IRCC’s work eligibility requirements for working off campus

Note: Students enrolled full time in the Summer Semester are restricted to working up to 20 hours off campus per a week as per IRCC’s regulations.