Working in Canada

employer with international studentUndergraduate Students

Full-time undergraduate international student at UNB are permitted to work on-campus. You must maintain full time status and have a valid study permit in order to continue being eligible to work on campus. As of June 1, 2014 you may qualify to work off campus without a seperate work permit. Your study permit alllows you to work to work up to 20 hours per week during the fall and winter terms and full time during scheduled breaks such as holidays and the summer break (May-September). In order to continue being elgible you must have a valid study permit, be an enrolled full time student at UNB and be enrolled in an academic program that lleads to a degree. 

Graduate Students

Graduate students are limited to working no more than 10 hours per week.

Please note that you must have a valid study permit and maintain full time status in order to work on or off campus. 

 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). 

Instructions from Citizenship and Immigration Canada website:

You must have one of the following conditions or remarks printed on your study permit in order to apply for a SIN for off-campus work:

  • May work 20 hrs per week off-campus or full-time during regular breaks if meeting criteria outlined in section186(v) of IRPR
  • May accept employment on or off campus if meeting eligibility criteria as per R186(f), (v) or (w). Must cease working if no longer meeting these criteria

If your study permit does not have one of the above conditions or remarks, you must submit a request for an amendment to your study permit before you can apply for a SIN. There is no fee for this request.

If your study permit has: This permit does not permit the holder to engage in off campus employment in Canada, printed on it and you have changed your program of study, you must apply to change the conditions of your study permit and pay the applicable fee.

Check the Service Canada website for more information on how to apply for a Social Insurance Number. The nearest Service Canada Office is on 633 Queen St, Fredericton.

Confirmation to work off campus

As of February 2, 2015, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) is no longer issuing confirmation to work off campus documents. If you were previously issued a confirmation to work off campus document by CIC, you may continue to present it to Service Canada in order to apply for a SIN.

Starting Your Job Search 

Career Development and Employment Centre

The Career Development and Employment Centre 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 Career Development and Employment Centre.