On January 22, 2024, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC) announced a number of updates and measures to the International Student Program. The complete details can be found on the IRCC website on our News & Updates page.

As an international student at SFU, you are eligible to work off campus without a work permit if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • you have a valid study permit that includes a condition stating you may work off campus
  • you are enrolled in a program of 6 months or more that leads to a degree, diploma or certificate
  • you are enrolled as a full-time student*

* Exception: if you are enrolled part time in your final term of studies (i.e. you only require a part-time course load to complete your SFU program), you may still be eligible to work part time off campus only if you were enrolled full time in all other required terms throughout your program

If you are eligible to work off campus, you may work a maximum of 20 hours per week during regular academic sessions, and full time during scheduled breaks.

Please refer to our enrollment requirements for international students to see how SFU defines full-time enrollment.

You may also view our Instruction Guides page for more details.

Get help with the job search process

If you are seeking a job off campus, SFU Career and Volunteer Services offers a variety of resources and services to assist you, including job postings, resume help, advice on the job search and interview process, and more. 

i Temporary Public Policy

On November 7, 2022, IRCC announced a policy allowing eligible international students to work more than 20 hours per week off campus during regular academic sessions. Originally scheduled to expire on December 31, 2023, the policy has been extended until April 30, 2024.

As part of the secondary policy announced by IRCC on December 7, 2023, international students who applied for their study permit (or extension) between October 8, 2022 and December 7, 2023 will also be able to work more than 20 hours off-campus between January 1, 2024 and April 30, 2024.

Review our News & Updates section to determine your eligibility

Review the IRCC Website to determine your eligibility