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Working or doing an internship in Canada after your student exchange program


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After your exchange, you will need a work permit to work or do an internship in Canada.

Although your study permit is still valid during the summer after your exchange, if you don’t intend to re-register for the fall semester at a Canadian educational institution, you can’t work during the summer. You will no longer have the right to work through your study permit.

Students from countries that have an agreement with Canada can apply for a work permit through International Experience Canada (IEC).

IEC offers three pools of experiences:

  • Working Holiday
  • Young Professionals
  • International Co-op (Internship)

Check to see whether you are eligible for any of these pools. Depending on the pool you will be participating in, you may already need to have found your job or internship to be able to apply. Plan to apply in advance because the process for getting a work permit can take several months.

If your country of nationality isn’t in the IEC list, you can contact a recognized organization. Most recognized organizations offer fee-based services, and the eligibility requirements are different for each organization.

For more information on how to get a work permit, go to the IRCC website.

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: 2020-03-12