Co-op work permit

Some programs include work experience as part of their curriculum. You may apply for a co-op or intern work permit if you are eligible.

You may apply for a co-op work permit with study permit application

OR

You may apply for a co-op work permit after you start studying.

Eligibility

You may apply for a co-op work permit if you:

  • Have a valid study permit
  • Have a Letter of Acceptance or Work Practicum Letter that confirms a Co-Op (work practicum) is mandatory (included) to complete your program and Co-Op is 50% or less of the total program of study. Check with your program coordinator if you are eligible.

Note: When you apply for study permit or extend study permit, you may apply for co-op work permit at the same time.

Documents required (if you apply in Canada)

  • Document Checklist [IMM 5583]
  • Application form [IMM 5710]
  • Photocopy of passport pages
  • Photocopy of current study permit (optional if applying for study permit and co-op work permit together)
  • Work Practicum Letter that confirms a Co-op (work practicum) is mandatory to complete your program
  • Letter of Acceptance (if you are applying for Co-op work permit and study permit together)
  • Any additional documents applicable

Please note: if you wish to work in a job such as health services, child care or primary or secondary education, a medical exam report by a Panel Physician is required to apply for a work permit. Refer to the following link to find a physician near you. http://www.cic.gc.ca/pp-md/pp-list.aspx

Visit this link for more details and download the most recent forms: www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/study-canada/work/intern.html

How to apply for co-op work permit (if you apply in Canada)

Applying online

Download IRCC website guide for MITT international students applying for co-op work permit PDF file icon

Applying on paper

Follow these steps:

  1. Visit this link and download the most recent application forms: www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/application/application-forms-guides/application-apply-work-permit-student-guide.html
  2. Fill out the forms and print them.
  3. Prepare the required documents from Document Checklist
  4. Pay the application fee online.

Visit this link for more details: www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/application/application-forms-guides/guide-5580-applying-work-permit-student-guide.html

Processing time

Note: Processing time can change according to IRCC’s schedule. Due to the impacts of COVID-19, IRCC cannot process applications normally and provide accurate processing times. This processing time doesn’t include the time it takes to send an application between a VAC and IRCC office and the time you need to give your biometrics.

Visit this link for weekly updated application processing time. www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/times


Disclaimer: The content on this website is only a guide for MITT students, not official legal advice, and information on this website may change without notice. Students are entirely responsible for ensuring that they are in compliance with all IRCC regulations at all times during their studies and while they are in Canada, including requirements for permit and visa. We recommend students to refer to IRCC website at www.canada.ca or contact IRCC Client Support Centre at 1-888-242-2100 to obtain the most-up-to-date information.

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