Canada Coop Work Permit

Work as a co-op student or intern – Co-op or Internship Work Permit



The full name of CO-OP is Co-operative education. We often call it an internship, but in fact, there is still a difference between CO-OP and internship. Internship refers to an internship job, which is not necessarily related to the school and the major you study. contact. However, the CO-OP is to come forward by the school to provide you with a job that matches your major.

The characteristic of CO-OP is that it is completely in line with the major you are studying. The school will provide many job opportunities, and students who apply for CO-OP will be assigned to some work internship opportunities (note that you can only get assignment opportunities when you apply for CO-OP opportunities. ), if the students are very interested in the assigned opportunities, they can go to internship through the opportunity of CO-OP. Take UBC as an example, UBC has a dedicated website to support students’ access to CO-OP. CO-OP is an extra fee at most schools, but if the school can’t find a suitable internship opportunity for you, then you don’t have to pay this fee.

CO-OP is a very good opportunity. Students who have the ability must apply. The experience of CO-OP will make employment easier. The work experience of CO-OP will give students a great advantage in employment. After all, work experience is far better than a blank sheet of paper. More importantly, if you work as an intern in a company for a long time, the students will accumulate a certain network of contacts. After the official graduation, they can become regular employees without even having to recruit. In any aspect, CO-OP is a very useful project, and students must not miss this opportunity.

Application Requirements

  • Must hold a valid study permit;
  • The intended work must be an integral part of the study programme;
  • work as part of study must be officially recognised by the school; and
  • Internships cannot exceed 50% of the program of study.

Note that some projects cannot apply for an internship work permit:

  • Program for learning English and French (ESL/FSL).
  • International students on General interest courses.
  • Courses in preparation for entry into other programs of study.

Submission Method

  • The internship work permit can be submitted at the same time as the study permit.
  • Usually submitted online, all materials only need to be scanned, and the large sign will be mailed directly from IRCC to the applicant’s address by ordinary mail.

Document Checklist

Internship work permit documents list:

  • Application form IMM5710
  • Letter of introduction from school: Indicate the expected duration of the internship and certify that the internship is an integral part of your studies
  • Passport or travel document, you need to scan the first page, signature page and every page with visa and stamp
  • Digital photos

List of documents for study permit and internship work permit:

  • Application form IMM5709
  • Letter of introduction from school: Indicate the expected duration of the internship and certify that the internship is an integral part of your studies
  • Passport or travel document, you need to scan the first page, signature page and every page with visa and stamp
  • Proof in school
  • Bank deposit certificate
  • Digital photos


Q: I want to apply for an co-op work permit, but my study permit is about to expire. What should I do?

A: The 2 has no conflict. You can apply for a study permit and an co-op work permit at the same time. Please note that the prerequisite for applying for an internship work permit is that you have a study permit, so please pay attention to its validity period.

Q: I applied for a job offer outside Canada, can I apply for a co-op work permit?

A:Normally this is not possible, but due to COVID-19, many students are taking online classes abroad. The Canadian government allows students to conduct CO-OP overseas. As long as the work unit allows the CO-OP program and the school allows this program, students can work remotely or work in a Canadian overseas unit.


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