About co-op work permits
If you are enrolled in a program in which work experience is an integral part of your studies, you may participate in a co-op or internship program. You are required to have a co-op work permit before you start your work term in a co-op program. For the entire length of your co-op work term you must have a valid study permit and a valid co-op work permit.
You can apply for a co-op work permit if:
- you have a valid study permit
- work is required to complete your study program in Canada
- you have a letter (often referred to as a co-op letter) from your college/departmmet that confirms all students in your program need to complete work placements to get their degree, and
- your co-op placement or internship totals 50% or less of your study program
Co-op work permits and off-campus work authorization
From November 15, 2022, to December 31, 2023, you may not need to apply for a co-op work permit. You don’t need a co-op work permit to complete your co-op placement if you meet all of the following conditions:
- You have a valid study permit and we received your application for this study permit on or before October 7, 2022.
- Your study permit shows that you’re authorized to work off campus.
- You’re eligible to benefit from the temporary policy change to work more than 20 hours per week while class is in session.
- Your co-op placement ends by December 31, 2023
If your co-op placement ends after December 31, 2023, or if you aren’t eligible for the temporary policy change, you need to apply for a co-op work permit to cover the period after that date. You can begin your co-op placement during this period before you’re issued the permit. Any other employment you have won’t be affected.
Applying for a co-op work permit
Your particular situation will inform how to apply for your co-op work permit:
- If you are in Canada and have a valid study permit, you should apply for your co-op work permit online as soon as you recieve a co-op letter from your college/department.
- If you are in Canada and your valid study permit will expire soon, you can apply online for your study permit extension and your co-op work permit at the same time as long as you have your co-op letter from your college/department. Apply for both at least 3-4 months before your study permit expires.
- If you are outside of Canada and applying for your initial study permit, you can apply for your co-op work permit at the same time as long as in additioan to your Usask Letter of Acceptance you have your co-op letter from your college/department. This way, both your study permit and your co-op work permit will be processed at the same time.
After you receive your co-op work permit
- Review the document to make sure your information (name, date of birth and etc) is correct.
- Your co-op work permit will normally have "University of Saskatchewan"" indicated as "Employer".
- Make a copy of it and store the original safely.
- Make a note of its expiry date. Your co-op work permit expiry date normally matches the expiry date of your study permit.
- Extend both your study permit and co-op work permit at the same time at least 3-4 months before they expire if your co-op work term requires you to be in your co-op beyond the initial expiry date.
Both your study permit and your co-op work permit must be valid for the entire lenght of your co-op term.
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