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Summer Office Hours from June 4th to August 17th:

Monday - Friday: 9am-4:30pm

Closed for Lunch: 12-1pm

 

Off Campus Work

Planning to work off-campus during your studies? Here's what you need to know.

OFF CAMPUS WORK

What does this mean?

Immigration Canada Definition

Documents needed

How many hours can I work?

  • up to 20 hours per week during regular academic sessions
  • full-time during [university- scheduled] breaks

Who is eligible?

Full-time** McGill degree, certificate or diploma students

Who is NOT eligible?

  • All visiting/exchange students
  • Degree students registered part-time (unless it's their final term of study)

Where can you work off campus? 

Visit the Career Planning Service (CaPS) website for more information

Important Update on Off-campus Work: On March 12, 2018, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) published new guidelines concerning off-campus work.

Two important updates that we would like to highlight are the following:

1) The new guidelines confirm that students who have regularly scheduled breaks during the summer as per their program of study and who decide to study part-time or full-time during the summer are eligible to work off-campus on a full-time basis during the summer as long as they meet the eligibility criteria for off-campus work.

2) The new guidelines confirm that students who complete one program of studies and then commence a new program within 150 days from the completion of their program, are eligible to work off-campus full-time until the start of their program.

For full details on all the changes to the off-campus work program for students, please see IRCC’s website

 

* If you are a McGill degree-seeking student, and your Study Permit was issued June 1, 2014 or later, it will likely include conditions and/or remarks that clearly state that you are eligible to work on or off campus if you meet the eligibility requirements.  This will be necessary in order to be able to apply for a Social Insurance Number.

If you are a McGill degree-seeking student, and your Study Permit does not include a reference to your eligibility to work on or off campus, you can submit a request for an amendment to your study permit in order to be able to apply for a Social Insurance Number. The Request to Amend can only be submitted by mail - there is no fee for this request -and you can check the current processing time required.
 

** Definition of "Full-time" studies: 
 

  • If you are an undergraduate student: Minimum 12 credits per term (exceptions: scheduled breaks - like Reading Week & Summer - and the final term before graduation, when you are permitted to be registered part-time and still maintain your working privileges)
  • If you are a Non-Thesis Masters student:  Minimum 12 credits per term (exceptions: Department scheduled breaks (ask Dept. if unsure) and the final term before graduation, when you are permitted to be registered part-time and still maintain your working privileges)
  • If you are in a Graduate Thesis program (Masters, Phd):  Registration in a full-time program, regardless of # of credits per term.