麻豆国产AV

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Hiring International Students

Thank you to all employers who support 麻豆国产AV students and consider our students/graduates for part-time or post-graduation positions!

As you may have questions about international student/graduate work eligibility, see FAQs below. Please click on any colored links for more information, as needed. Please email international@assiniboine.net if you have a question not answered here.

Part-time Work:

Can I hire an international student on a part-time basis?
  • Most students will hold a 鈥渟tudy permit鈥 from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) which allows them to study in Canada under certain conditions. Eligible students can work:
  1. Starting on the first day of studies in Canada; and
  2. Maximum 20 hours/week during regular college terms (semesters); and
  3. Full-time (any number of hours) during college-scheduled breaks for that student鈥檚 program.
  • Students studying only English language classes, or only secondary (high school) classes, cannot work off-campus.
  • Students registered in a part-time college schedule generally cannot work off-campus. If in doubt, the student can email international@assiniboine.net to ask about their full- or part-time status, copy you, and ask us to 鈥渞eply all鈥.
What document proves an international student can work part-time?

Ask the student to show you their study permit.

  • To work, the permit should include a condition about work, written on the bottom of the study permit. Exact wording varies, but should somehow clearly state that student may work 鈥渙ff campus鈥.
  • If the student鈥檚 study permit is about to expire, this generally will still be OK. As long as they apply to IRCC for an extension before that expiry date, they can continue working while waiting for the decision. This is called 鈥渕aintained鈥 status (formerly called 鈥渋mplied鈥 status).
  • Ultimately, it is the student鈥檚 responsibility, not the employer鈥檚 to ensure they remain eligible to work off-campus.
What are my responsibilities if I employ an international student?
  • See IRCC鈥檚 website . We encourage employers to check a student鈥檚 study permit and social insurance number (also see SIN FAQ). You may also request the student provide a 鈥淐onfirmation of Enrollment鈥 letter to confirm full-time studies; students order and pay for that letter .
  • While employers can assist the student by checking these documents during the hiring process, and offering only 20 hours/week during college terms, ultimately the responsibility to adhere to conditions is the student鈥檚, not the employer鈥檚.
  • Provincial and federal labour standards legislation applies equally to employment of international students.
When can an international student work more than 20 hours/week?
  • An international student can work more than 20 hours only during college-scheduled breaks for that student鈥檚 program. The only college-scheduled break for all programs is approximately 2 weeks over Christmas/New Year鈥檚. Some programs will also have a fall and/or spring reading week (1 week) or a break in the summer (2-4 months).
  • Students don鈥檛 schedule their own breaks. A scheduled break is based on the college鈥檚 academic calendar, which can differ by program and start date. If in doubt, the student can email international@assiniboine.net to ask about their scheduled break, copy you, and ask us to 鈥渞eply all鈥.
  • Please note: during the college terms, 20 hours is a limit each week. It is not an average (for example, it鈥檚 not OK to work 25 hours one week and 15 hours the next).
  • Also see 鈥漃ost-Graduation work鈥 FAQs below regarding work hours after completion of studies.

Co-operative education/Practicum placement:

An 麻豆国产AV student and/or staff member has contacted me about a 鈥渃o-op鈥 or 鈥減racticum鈥 placement. What do I need to know?
  • International students must have a valid 鈥渃o-op work permit鈥 from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) before beginning any placement. It is the student鈥檚 responsibility, not the employer鈥檚, to ensure the student has this permit. Any student without this permit should contact international@assiniboine.net immediately for guidance on this matter.
  • The student鈥檚 program staff can answer your questions about placement generally, and offer support to students as well. Ask the student which office/staff person to contact about their practicum or co-op placement.
What document proves an international student can begin a co-op or practicum placement?

The permit should include these elements:

  1. The words 鈥渨ork permit鈥 written near the top, in the centre.
  2. 鈥溌槎构鶤V鈥 as the 鈥渆mployer鈥. A work permit for any other school in Canada is not acceptable; it must be for 麻豆国产AV.
  3. A condition written on the bottom of the study permit. Exact wording varies, but generally should specify work that is 鈥渁n essential/integral part of the course鈥︹.

If the student鈥檚 permit is about to expire, this generally will still be OK. As long as they apply to IRCC for an extension before that expiry date, they can continue their placement while waiting for the decision. This is called 鈥渕aintained鈥 status (formerly called 鈥渋mplied鈥 status).

Ultimately, it is the student鈥檚 responsibility, not the employer鈥檚, to ensure they have a valid document.

What hours can a co-op/practicum student work?
  • If the student has a valid co-op work permit, the student can work full-time until the student reaches the required total number of hours for the co-op/practicum credit.
  • If you/the student/the college placement coordinator negotiate a part-time weekly schedule, that is also acceptable.
  • If you/the student wish to work more than the required total number of hours for credit, the student should contact international@assiniboine.net for information about eligibility to work those additional hours, preferably with a minimum two weeks鈥 notice.
Are there different rules if the placement is unpaid?

No, the same rules apply. The student鈥檚 responsibility is to ensure they have a valid co-op work permit before working in a placement, whether paid or unpaid.

Post-Graduation work:

Can I hire an international graduate of an 麻豆国产AV program?

Yes, please!

  • Completion of any 麻豆国产AV college-level certificate, diploma or advanced diploma program of at least 8 months allows graduates to apply for a 鈥減ost-graduation work permit鈥 (PGWP). International graduates can start post-graduation work as soon as they apply for the PGWP.
  • If the PGWP application is successful, length will vary.
  • See more information and see FAQ regarding SIN in an FAQ below.
When can an international graduate work full-time?
  • International graduates can begin working full-time as soon as they have submitted their post-graduation work permit (PGWP) application to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). In other words, they don鈥檛 need to wait until they receive the post-graduation work permit.
  • IRCC application processing time varies; it could be as long as 4-5 months, so don鈥檛 be surprised by this. Your employee should show you the PGWP as soon as they receive it.
  • Also see these FAQs (Working after Program Completion) for the recommendation to graduates about work hours.
What document proves an international graduate can work in Canada?

This will depend on how much time has elapsed since program completion:

If the graduate has completed the college program, applied for the post-graduation work permit (PGWP), but has not yet received a decision about the PGWP, the graduate can show you

  1. their study permit;
  2. their 鈥渓etter of completion鈥 from 麻豆国产AV; and
  3. a letter from IRCC confirming receipt of their application.

OR

If the graduate has received their PGWP, they can show you that permit.

  • It will be an IRCC document and will say 鈥淲ork Permit鈥 near the top.
  • The employer/employment location/occupation will generally be 鈥渙pen鈥 or 鈥渦nknown鈥 or 鈥渁ny鈥. (In other words, it will not be limited to a specific employer or employment field.)
  • It may or may not use the words 鈥減ost-graduation鈥 on the document.
I would like to assist a graduate employee with immigration to Canada and employ that person on a long-term basis. What can I do?

See 鈥淔ind your path to permanent residence鈥 in . This gives information about possible immigration pathways for international graduates (and other foreign nationals). It is addressed to foreign nationals, but likely is interesting information for your discussions with employees.

  • One possible pathway includes the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program. See their website , particularly the 鈥淪killed Workers in Manitoba鈥 and 鈥淚nternational Education Stream鈥 sections.
  • Other provinces may also have a 鈥減rovincial nominee program鈥; if your organization is in another province, see links .
  • Employment in the Brandon, Manitoba area may provide an immigration pathway. Click for information about Brandon鈥檚 Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) program.

International graduates and their employers do not require representation for most or all parts of a permanent residence application. However, any party seeking information, advice or representation should consult only with one of these sources:

  • Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada webpage or personnel; and/or
  • a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) in good standing on this ; and/or
  • a lawyer registered with a provincial law society in Canada, preferably one with experience related to immigration.

General Questions:

Where can I find general information for me as an employer?

See basic information on Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada鈥檚 website and more detailed resources on the 鈥淓mployer鈥檚 Roadmap鈥 .

I would consider hiring 麻豆国产AV鈥檚 international students/graduates. How can I connect with candidates?

You can use 麻豆国产AV鈥檚 鈥淧ost a Job鈥 online form here. Students and graduates can view these postings. If you have additional questions, please email careerservices@assiniboine.net with more information about your need.

How do I know whether the international student/graduate has a valid Social Insurance Number (SIN)?
  • Students with a valid study permit including the condition allowing them to work can . SIN applicants can begin work while waiting to receive the SIN.
  • As 鈥渢emporary residents鈥, international students typically receive a 鈥渢emporary鈥 SIN beginning with the digit 鈥9鈥, and with the same expiry date as their study permit.
  • As long as the student applies to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to extend their study permit before its expiry date, they have 鈥渋mplied鈥 (or 鈥渕aintained鈥) status, to continue working under the same conditions while waiting for IRCC鈥檚 decision. If IRCC extends their study permit, the student would submit that new document to Service Canada to update the SIN expiry date also.
Can an international student volunteer with our organization?
  • Yes! As long as it is 鈥渨ork鈥 you would not typically pay or compensate any person for, volunteer experience is great for international students! Thank you!
  • However, if the 鈥渨ork鈥 is part of a college Practicum or Co-op, to be used for college credit, the student must have a 鈥渃o-op work permit鈥 for 麻豆国产AV, before undertaking any hours for credit. The fact of it being unpaid does not change this. See 鈥淐o-operative Education鈥︹ FAQ section above.
Will an international student or graduate have valid health insurance?
  • Active students (currently enrolled in a program at 麻豆国产AV): will have both 鈥減rimary care鈥 (similar to Manitoba Health) and 鈥渆xtended鈥 (dental/vision/prescriptions and other services) insurance. Students are required to enroll in and pay for both, to cover the duration of their college program at minimum. Both insurance packages will have coverage limits, of course.
  • Graduates: may or may not have valid insurance of either kind. Insurance will expire a few weeks to a few months after college program completion, depending on their program鈥檚 dates. Graduates are encouraged to buy private insurance coverage as soon as possible after graduation, to 鈥渂ridge鈥 them until they can receive Manitoba Health insurance. Graduates who receive a post-graduation work permit of at least 12 months can then use that permit to apply to Manitoba Health for coverage.

FAQs were prepared by 麻豆国产AV鈥檚 Regulated International Student Immigration Advisor #S712187. Information is valid as of April 12, 2022, but could change without notice. Please check for updates on Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada鈥檚 website .