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Doing an internship for credit as part of your Université Laval study program

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If you are doing an internship as part of your study program, you may need to get a work permit through the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) co-op work permit program.

Under Canadian immigration rules, student internships, even when unpaid, are considered work and require a work permit.

Students registered full-time at Université Laval who hold a valid study permit are allowed to:

  • Work on campus with no limit to the number of hours.
  • Work off campus 20 hours per week during regular academic semesters and full time during academic breaks. 

The off-campus work limit of 20 hours per week is temporarily lifted for some students who are allowed to work off campus.

A student with a valid study permit whose application* is filed…may work more than 20 hours per week off campus during regular academic semesters when they are enrolled full time 
… no later than October 7, 2022between November 15, 2022 and April 30, 2024
… between October 8, 2022 and December 7, 2023between January 1, 2024 and April 30, 2024
… on or after December 8, 2023is not allowed to work more than 20 hours a week during regular academic semesters.

* Please note that if you renew your study permit, you must be mindful of the date you apply to extend (renew) the study permit. For example, if your study permit expires on March 31, 2024, and you apply to renew your study permit after December 7, 2023, you will be limited to 20 hours of off-campus work per week once your current permit expires on April 1, 2024.

See the section on Working during your studies for more information.

You do not need a work permit to do an internship if your internship falls within the right-to-work limits of your study permit and if you meet all the following conditions:

  • You meet all the right-to-work conditions for people with a study permit.
  • Usually, you do not work more than 20 hours per week off campus during regular academic semesters (this work includes your internship work and any other off-campus employment, if applicable). See exceptions above.
  • You have a study permit that indicates that you have the right to work off campus (if not, see the page on Getting a social insurance number (SIN)).

Presentations
The Bureau de la vie étudiante – BVE (Student Life Office) regularly offers presentations about this. See their website for details.

The Immigration section of this website is intended to provide general information on current procedures, which may change at any time without notice. The laws and regulations in force in Québec and Canada, as well as the websites of Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration [Québec’s ministry of immigration, francisation, and integration] (MIFI) and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), take precedence over this page.

Last updated on: 2024-01-16