VCC International

Working in Canada

International students at Vancouver Community College may be eligible for the following work in Canada if they are enrolled in full time programs that meet the necessary length requirements:


Work Off-Campus

As an international student you will have the opportunity to gain invaluable Canadian work experience and practical job skills.

International students are eligible to work part-time up to 20 hours per week during their studies and full-time during program vacations and breaks provided they meet the following conditions:

  • Have a valid study permit
  • Are enrolled in full-time study in a VCC certificate, diploma or degree program that is at least six months in duration
  • Maintain satisfactory academic standing in their program of study

Important: International students in ESL programs are not eligible.

To learn more, visit the Immigration, Refugee & Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website.

Post-Graduation Work Permit

International students who graduate from VCC will be eligible for a Post-Graduation Work Permit provided they:

  • Have completed full-time studies in a program of 8 months or more

  • Have completed and passed the program of study and received a notification that they are eligible to obtain their degree, diploma or certificate

  • Apply for the work permit within 90 days of completing their program

  • Have a valid study permit when they apply for a work permit

 For information about the Post-Graduation Work Permit, visit the Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and British Columbia Learn Live websites.