Employers of international students

Hiring International Students


If you've taken the time to find this page, you likely understand the value that an international student can add to your organization. Students from abroad often bring with them a mastery of several languages, a global perspective and the cultural sensitivity that is a must in a multicultural country. 


Click on the purple brochure for information about International Student work regulations, and consult our "Frequently asked Questions" below.

 

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Requirements for Student Work

On Campus work


Undergraduates: 
To work on campus, an undergraduate student must have a valid Study Permit and be registered full time at McGill (min. 12 credits/term*) during the academic year (Sept-Apr.).  They are permitted to work part time during the academic year, and full time during University-scheduled breaks (e.g. Summer, Winter holidays, Reading week).  They do not require a separate work permit.

Graduate students:
To work on campus, a graduate student must have a valid Study Permit and be registered in full-time graduate studies at McGill*.  They are permitted to work part time during all registered terms, and may be eligible to work full time IF their program offers a scheduled break.  They do not require a separate work permit.

* with the exception of the final term before graduation

For full details, please refer to the Immigration Canada website.

Off-Campus work


Undergraduates: 
To work off campus, an undergraduate student must be enrolled in a degree, diploma or certificate program at McGill; have a valid Study Permit; and be registered full time at McGill (min. 12 credits/term*) during the academic year (Sept-Apr.).  They are permitted to work up to 20 hours per week during the academic year, and full time during University-scheduled breaks (e.g. Summer, Winter holidays, Reading week).  They do not require a separate work permit.

Graduate students:
To work off-campus, a graduate student must have a valid Study Permit and be registered in a full-time graduate program at McGill*.  They are permitted to work up to 20 hours per week during all registered terms, and may be eligible to work full time IF their program offers a scheduled break.  They do not require a separate work permit.

* with the exception of the final term before graduation

PLEASE NOTE:  ESL/FSL, Visiting and Exchange students are NOT eligible to work off campus.

For full details, please refer to the CIC website.

Co-op/Internship work


A student who has a mandatory co-op/internship requirement as part of their academic program must obtain a co-op/internship work permit before work begins. With a co-op/internship work permit, the student can work full time to complete the co-op internship. 

A remark at the bottom of the work permit should state: "Issued under R205(C)(I); only for work forming an essential/integral part of the course as per McGill University."

A student wanting to complete an optional internship must respect the requirements for Off-Campus work (see above).

For full details, please refer to the Immigration Canada website.

Post-Graduation work


A McGill student who has completed a program of at least 8 months in length may be eligible for a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) that can span up to 3 years.  The PGWP is an open work permit allowing the student to work anywhere in Canada, in any field, for any employer(s). The student must apply for this permit while their Study Permit is still valid, and within 90 days of completing their academic program.

A remark at the bottom of the work permit should state: "Post Graduate Work Program".

For full details, please refer to the Immigration Canada website.

QUESTION & ANSWERS

Can the student work while waiting to receive their PGWP?
YES, as long as the student applied for their PGWP before their Study Permit expired.  They may experience delays in receiving their Social Insurance Number, however they are authorized by law to work (See IRPR Section 186(w)).
How can I verify whether a student has in fact graduated from McGill?
Employers, employment agencies, academic institutions and others requiring confirmation of issuance of a student's McGill University credential and graduation date must submit their request through AuraData.  Details are available here.

What if the student's Study Permit (or Work Permit) has expired?

As long as the student applied to renew their Study (or Work) permit before it expired, they are considered to have implied status.  As stated on the Immigration Canada website:

If a temporary resident applies for renewal of their work or study permit and their permit expires before a decision is made, R186(u) and R189 (the right to continue working or studying under the same conditions pending a determination of their application for renewal) apply only as long as the person remains in Canada.