Working in Canada
International students in full-time programs at BCIT are permitted to work on-campus without a work permit. On-campus employment opportunities are listed online through e-Jobs.
Co-op work permit
International students are permitted to work off-campus if it is an integral part of one's full-time program through BCIT's co-op requirement. Work must be less than 50% of the total length of the full-time program and must be directly related to your program. There is no charge for this type of work permit.
The following volunteer activities do not require a work permit:
- Volunteer work that is usually unpaid, such as helping at an animal shelter, that is normally part-time and incidental to studies.
- Unpaid observation of a workplace or occupation. For example, following a geologist on sample-gathering trips. Minor tasks without a significant productivity contribution may be performed, such as clerical chores.
- Unpaid helping of a friend or family member during a visit.
- Unpaid short-term work incidental to studies that is not a competitive activity, and is performed in exchange for non-monetary reward. For example, part-time work for room and board on a family farm for 1-4 weeks.
Off-campus work permit
Eligible international students at participating post-secondary institutions can work off-campus while studying in BC and gain valuable Canadian work experience.
Apply to work off-campus through Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).
Post-graduate work permit
Once you have successfully completed a credential at BCIT you will have 90 days, from the date your final grades (results) are posted, to apply for an open work permit through Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).
Depending on the length of your program, CIC may grant you anywhere from 8 months to 3 years to work in Canada.