Working in Canada

employer with international studentUndergraduate Students

Full-time undergraduate international student at UNB are permitted to work on-campus for up to 20 hrs per week.  After six months of full-time study, students in good academic standing (grade point average of 2.0 or higher), may apply for an Off-Campus Work Permit allowing them to work up to 20 hours per week off-campus, and full-time during holidays and the summer break (May-September).   Students arriving in September may apply for an Off-Campus Work Permit on March 1st.  Students arriving in January may apply for an Off-Campus Work Permit on November 1st. 

Graduate Students

Graduate international students who are pursuing a "research/thesis based" degree are limited to working only 10 hours per week (including Teaching Assistantships.)  After six months of full-time study, research-based graduate students, in good academic standing, may apply for an Off-Campus Work Permit allowing them to work 20 hours per week off-campus, and full-time on holidays.   Please note:  research/thesis based graduate students do not get a summer break.  

Graduate international students who are pursing a "course based" degree are eligible to work 10 hours per week on campus.  After six months of full-time study, course-based graduate student in good academic standing may apply for an Off-Campus Work Permit allowing them to work up to 20 hours per week off-campus and full-time during holidays and the summer break (May-September). 

Off-Campus Work Permit Applications

A work permit does not guarantee that you will find a job.   Even if you work off campus, your studies must be the main reason you are in Canada.  If you are no longer a full-time student or do not maintain satisfactory academic results, you must return your work permit to the local Citizenship and Immigration Canada office.

To complete the application for an off-campus work permit, follow the step-by-step guide outlined here.  Or contact the International Student Advisor's Office for assistance.

Obtaining a Social Insurance Number (SIN)

In order to be paid at any job (off-campus or on-campus) you must have a Social Insurance Number (SIN).  Once you have your work permit you should apply for a Social Insurance Number right away so you are ready to work and be paid as soon as you are offered a job.  Check the Service Canada website for more information on how to apply for a Social Insurance Number. 

Note:  If you do not have an off-campus work permit but you have been offered a job on-campus at UNB, then you must have your employer complete a Contract of Employment Form on their official letterhead.  Take this completed form along with your study permit to the Service Canada Office (633 Queen St, Fredericton.)

Starting Your Job Search 

UNB Student Employment Service 

The UNB Student Employment Service office is located on campus in Neville Homestead.  The center provides a number of services and workshops to assist students with their job search.  For more information on job postings, workshops, career fairs and services to help you with your resume and interview skills - check the UNB Student Employment Service website.

International students who are close to graduation are also encouraged to check out our new International Student Employment Readiness Program.