Can I study with an open work permit in Canada? | canadapt.ca
Canada is one of the most preferred destinations for international students who wish to gain valuable knowledge and expertise in one of the best countries in the world. If you are a foreign national and working in Canada, you may wonder if you can also study with an open work permit in one of the Canadian educational institutions.
Can I study with an open work permit in Canada?
No, you can not study in Canada with an open work permit. If you want to study in Canada you will need to have a study permit. However, if you are in Canada with an open work permit, then you can apply for a study permit before your work permit expires.
Can I have both a study permit and an open work permit?
No, you can not have both a study permit and an open work permit at the same time. Nevertheless, international students can work up to 20 hours per week while they study and full time (40 hours) during their regular breaks, such as summer holidays.
In addition, spouses of foreign workers and as well as international students are entitled to an open work or study permit. Therefore, spouses of international students can work for any employer in Canada and study at any educational institution in Canada. Please note that your spouse does not have to obtain a job offer to work in Canada if you are an international student.
Can I apply for a study permit while working in Canada?
Yes, you can apply for a study permit when you work in Canada. However, usually, you need to apply for a study permit before you enter Canada. However, depending on your circumstances you can also apply for a study permit when you are already in Canada or even at the port of the entry.
Can I have a Canadian work permit and study permit at the same time?
If you are in Canada under International Experience Canada (IEC), then you can have work and study permits at the same time. When you have a valid study permit, you can also apply for an IEC work permit. Under International Experience Canada you can have a study and work permit. However, IEC is not intended for foreign nationals who plan to study in Canada for more than 6 months. Therefore, if you have a plan to work more than six month period, you will need to apply for a study permit.