As an international student in Canada, it is important to ensure that you are always adhering to immigration laws. It is your responsibility to make sure that all of your immigration documents are up-to-date.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is the department of the Government of Canada which manages everything related to immigration. If you have any questions or concerns regarding documentation or your status in Canada visit the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada website (www.cic.gc.ca). This will help you understand immigration policies, and your responsibilities as well as the policies and procedures for keeping your documents up to date.
If you are concerned about your immigration status or have questions about the process, please book an appointment with the International Student Advisor at www.trentu.ca/sep.
- Study Permits
- Temporary Resident Visa (TRV)
- Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)
- Co-op Work Permits
- Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP)
- Permanent Residency Options
As an international student, you will need valid immigration documents to live and study in Canada, this means you will need a study permit (with very specific exceptions). Please learn more about applying for a study permit in Canada.
To apply for a study permit on or after June 1, 2014, you will need a letter of acceptance from a designated learning institution. You need to include the Designated Learning Institution Number (DLI#), which is the number that begins with the letter "O", on your application form. Trent University's DLI # is O19395164223.
If your study permit will expire while you are in Canada, you will need to renew it for the length of your program of studies. Learn how to renew your study permit at the Government of Canada: Extend Your Study Permit website.
Please visit the Finances>Employment section of this website to review work eligibility for international students.
All foreign nationals entering Canada as a temporary resident (ie. student) are required to obtain a visa, unless otherwise exempted. Please review the IRCC website to find out if you require a TRV or an eTA (see below).
Foreign nationals that are exempt from a TRV (see above) may require an electronic travel authorization. It only costs $7 CAD. Most eTA applications are approved within minutes of applying. Learn more on the IRCC eTA website.
International students who are required to complete work (e.g. co-op, internship, practicum, placement) that is integral to their academic program must apply for a co-op work permit. Integral means that you cannot graduate from the program unless you complete the work and that you obtain academic credit for the work.
You are eligible to apply for a co-op work permit if:
- The intended employment is integral to your academic program
- You have a letter from your department indicating that the intended employment is integral to your academic program
- You have a valid Study Permit
- The co-op or internship employment constitutes less than 50% of your program
- You are not a medical intern or extern, nor a resident physician (except in veterinary medicine)
*International students enrolled in English as a Second Language, French as a Second Language or general interest courses and programs, are not eligible to obtain a work permit under the co-op work permit program.
If you are unsure if your work is integral to your academic program or if you are eligible to apply, please reach out to the International Advising Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Apply with your study permit from outside Canada:
If you haven’t already applied for your study permit, you can apply for your co-op work permit at the same time. Your Letter of Acceptance from Trent University must confirm that a co-op or internship placement is integral to your program. To apply, indicate "yes" to the question "Is work an essential component of your studies?" on your study permit application form from outside Canada. If eligible, you will be issued a COWP along with your Study Permit at the Port-of-Entry in Canada. If you are eligible for a COWP and you are not issued one at the Canadian Port-of Entry, please ask the officer to review your Trent Letter of Acceptance once more.
Apply from within Canada:
If you transfer into a co-op program after you arrive in Canada, or are approved for an internship in fourth year (ie in Business degree), or are not issued a COWP at the Canadian Port-of-Entry, you can apply for a co-op work permit from within Canada.
When to apply:
Students are advised to apply for their COWP at least 6 months prior to the start of their co-op term. If you must provide biometrics, apply for your co-op work permit earlier to allow for this extra step. Review processing times here.
Where can I work with a co-op work permit?
A co-op work permit is an open work permit that allows you to work full-time for any employer in Canada as long as the work is integral to your program. It cannot be used for internships that do not count for academic credit at Trent University. A COWP will be issued with Trent University listed as the employer since the work is an integral part of your academic program at Trent. This does not mean that you cannot work for an employer other than Trent University. Do note, a job offer is not necessary when applying for a COWP.
Can I work as per my study permit working conditions while holding a co-op work permit?
You may simultaneously hold a co-op work permit and work off-campus with your study permit working conditions if you meet the eligibility criteria for each. Do note, the COWP only allows you to do the work approved by your co-op program within your co-op work term.
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The Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP) allows students who have graduated from a participating Canadian post-secondary institution to gain valuable Canadian work experience. A work permit under the PGWPP may be issued for the length of the study program, up to a maximum of three years. Learn more about eligibility and timelines for the PGWPP by visiting the Government of Canada: Stay in Canada after Graduation website. Trent International holds regular information sessions about the PGWP in the Trent student context, email firstname.lastname@example.org for the dates!
If you are interested in permanent residency in Canada, we recommend learning more by visiting the Government of Canada Immigrating to Canada website. There are many options including federal permanent residency programs and provincial nominee programs. Trent International brings in a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) every semester to talk about pathways to permanent residency for international students. Email email@example.com to find out the date of the next scheduled visit!
The immigration information on this page has been reviewed and endorsed by Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs) or Regulated International Student Immigration Advisors (RISIAs) in compliance with the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and Regulations. However, this is not a legal document and information may change without notice. Always refer to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for the most up-to-date information.