Study Permits

Once students have received their formal Letter of Acceptance and have paid their Commitment Fee, they should immediately apply for the necessary study permit and other travel documentation. This can include:

  • A Study Permit issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
  • An Electronic Travel Authorization 
    • All visa-exempt foreign nationals (except U.S. citizens and certain other small groups) travelling to, or transiting through, Canada by air are to apply for an electronic travel authorization (eTA). Apply for your eTA online.

For more information about what you need prior to your arrival in Canada, please visit the EduCanadaPre-departure Guide for International Students or the WelcomeBC website.

Submit Proof of your Study Permit

The deadline to submit proof of your study permit is based on your term intake.

For example, if you are starting your program in:

  • January: the deadline to submit your study permit is December 15
  • September: the deadline to submit your study permit is August 15

Submit proof of your study permit by emailing a colour, scanned copy of your study permit to the Office of International Affairs with your name and student number.

Working While Studying

Most students with a valid study permit are permitted to work up to 20 hours per week while studying full-time, and work full-time during semester breaks. You can only start working in Canada once your study program has started. Student will require a Social Insurance Number (SIN) to be paid for your work. More information about obtaining a SIN can be found on the Government of Canada’s website.

Additional information regarding eligibility requirements to work while studying in Canada can be found on the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada webpage.

Post-Graduation Work Permit

The Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWP) allows students who have graduated from a participating Canadian post-secondary institution to gain valuable work experience in Canada. JIBC is a participating Canadian post-secondary institution. A work permit under the PGWP program may be issued for the length of the study, up to a maximum of three years.

A PGWP cannot be valid for longer than the student’s study program, and the study program must be a minimum of eight months in length. For example, if you graduate from a two-year degree program, you could be eligible for a two-year work permit if you meet the criteria. If you graduate from an eight-month certificate program, you would be eligible for a work permit that is valid for no more than eight months.

You must apply for a PGWP within 90 days of program completion. Once you have completed all the requirements of your study program (you must be eligible to graduate from your program) you can apply for the PGWP program. For more information on the PGWP program, please visit the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada webpage.

Have questions? Talk to an International Student Advisor

Contact the Office of International Affairs