International Students

International Students - Working While Studying

International students are eligible to work both on and off campus. Most positions on campus are relatively flexible - so if you have an exam approaching or an assignment due, your employer will usually adapt your work schedule.

Working On Campus

Working On Campus

Working on campus while you are a Humber or Guelph-Humber student is a great way to gain some valuable work experience, learn about resources and services at Humber, and to earn some extra cash.

The rate of pay for most student positions is between $11.60 and $14.10 per hour. You must be in satisfactory academic standing to work on campus.
To work on campus you also need to be considered a full-time student under OSAP's definitions (for most students this means a minimum 60% course load; some students with disabilities are considered full-time at a 40% course load), and you will need a Social Insurance Number.

To recap:

  • Positions during the academic year (Sept-April) are part-time - you can work a maximum of 24 hours per week
  • Positions during the Summer semester can be full-time to a maximum of 40 hours or part-time to a maximum of 24 hours.
  • Rate of pay is usually $11.60-$14.10/hour
  • You must be in satisfactory academic standing
  • You must be a full-time student (minimum 60% course load)
  • You need a Social Insurance Number

Before You Apply

It's a good idea to visit the Career Services to have someone look over your resume. Sometimes information that is usually listed on a resume in your home country, may not be considered the norm in Canada (such as including your photo). In Canada, employers cannot ask about your marital status, sexual orientation, religion, age, race, citizenship, among other grounds of discrimination. Your Social Insurance Number (SIN) is a valuable piece of information which should not be shared with employers until you have been hired.

Where can I work on campus?

Lots of departments hire students to work, including Athletics, Student Life Programs (Orientation, Leadership, Residence, First Year Experience ,etc.), Peer Programs (peer mentors, peer tutors), Aboriginal Resource Centre, Counselling, Accessibility Learning Services, Health Services, Student Events, Public Safety, International Centre, Library, Facilities, LinX, Recruitment (campus tour guide), Humber Students Federation, as well as the academic schools.

Many departments will note in their job postings that International students are welcome to apply, so apply to those positions first.

How do I find the positions and apply?

We encourage all departments to post their positions on the Career Services job portal at careers.humber.ca or ghworks.guelphhumber.ca. Check out the listings. If you see something that appeals to you, read through the entire job posting, and apply in the manner outlined (usually you need to submit your resume and a cover letter, but sometimes employers may want to see examples of your work). Don't forget the Career Services advisors can look over your resume and cover letter to help make it most effective for you!

Sometimes it's also a good idea to visit the department that you're interested in working in - even if they haven't posted any positions yet. Talking to students and staff who currently work there will give you a sense of work environment, you can learn more about the types of positions they offer, and ask them to let you know when they will be hiring.

Work Study

Some positions may be marked 'Work Study Only'. This means that in addition to the requirements above, you must be an Ontario resident and demonstrate financial need. You must be approved to be work study eligible before you apply for these positions. Unfortunately, non-residents of Ontario/International students will not qualify for these jobs. Many departments will note in their job postings that International students are welcome to apply, so apply to those positions first.

When do I apply for on campus jobs?

Many departments post their positions in the summer (August & September) which means you should start to check the job portals before you come back to school in the fall. Come back to Humber/Guelph-Humber prepared - update your resume during the summer and take it to the Career Services for feedback.

Other Information

You are not eligible to work on campus if you are:

  • A second career student
  • Not in full-time studies
  • Not a Humber or Guelph-Humber student

It's also a good idea to visit the International Centre (international.humber.ca/current-students) to make sure all your paperwork is in order, such as your Social Insurance Number. The International Centre and Career Services run workshops throughout the year, so make sure you stay connected!

Working Off Campus

Working Off Campus

As of June 1, 2014, International students may qualify to work off campus without a work permit. If you qualify, your study permit will allow you to:

  • Work up to 20 hours per week during regular academic sessions and
  • Work full-time during scheduled breaks, such as the winter and summer holidays or reading week

Retrieved from: www.cic.gc.ca/english/study/work-offcampus

Working off campus is a great opportunity to gain first-hand experience with a Canadian company and work environment. Some of the eligibility requirements include:

  • You must have a valid study permit which states eligibility to work off campus
  • You must be a full-time student in a program that leads to a diploma, degree or certificate and the program duration must be at least 6 months;
  • You must be enrolled at a designated learning institution (Humber is one)

You must stop working on the day you no longer meet the above eligibility requirements (e.g. if you are no longer a full-time student during an academic session.)
For more information go to International Centre website (international.humber.ca/current-students/permits-visas)

Social Insurance Number

Before you begin working you will need a Social Insurance Number (SIN) from Service Canada. The SIN is a nine-digit number that you need to work in Canada or to have access to government programs and benefits. There is no fee to apply for a SIN.

To apply for a SIN, you will need the following documents:

  • Original Passport that is still valid
  • Original Study Permit issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC)

    A study permit that indicates the permit holder "may accept employment on or off campus if meeting eligibility as per R186(f), (v) or (w). Must cease working if no longer meeting these criteria" or "may work 20 hrs per week off-campus or full-time during regular breaks oif meeting criteria outlined in section 186(v) of IRPR" in Canada

  • Or an Original Work Permit issued by CIC

After you have gathered the required documents you can then visit a Service Canada office in-person. To find the closest Service Canada Office please visit: www.servicecanada.gc.ca.

If all of your documents are in order you will be issued a SIN during your visit.

Before You Apply

It's a good idea to visit the Career Services to have someone look over your resume. Sometimes information that is usually listed on a resume in your home country, may not be considered the norm in Canada. In Canada, employers cannot ask about your marital status, sexual orientation, religion, age, race, citizenship, among other grounds of discrimination. Your Social Insurance Number (SIN) is a valuable piece of information which should not be shared with employers until you have been hired.

How do I find the positions and apply?

The Humber career portal has many jobs from off campus employers posted, so it's a great start to check those out here careers.humber.ca. One of the benefits to finding a position through the career portal is that these employers are connected to Humber - they are looking for students and many have had great experiences hiring Humber/Guelph-Humber students in the past and want that to continue.

Read the job description carefully, and apply for the position as stated. Most applications do require a cover letter, and the Career Services can offer tips and advice on how to write an effective one.

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