International students are eligible to apply for the internship program. If you are an international student and interested in participating in the LA&PS Internship Program, you are required to obtain a co-op work permit from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). Once you have been accepted to participate in the internship program, you will be provided you with an official letter of confirmation to accompany your co-op work permit application to CIC.
Immigration Requirements for Obtaining a Co-op Work Permit
For international students interested in participating in a co-op or internship program at York University, it is important to be aware of the immigration requirements related to co-op work permit.
As specified by IRCC, international students may work as part of a co-op or internship program only if work is an essential part of an academic, professional or vocational training program offered by a Designated Learning Institution (such as York University). To be able to work, students will need a SIN, co-op work permit and a valid study permit.
If the students are eligible, an open work permit can be issued with York University listed as the employer. In situations where several work periods are necessary throughout the program, the work permit can be issued for the same period as the study permit.
It is important that an international student applies for a co-op work permit as early as possible. Please note that you do not need a job offer to apply for co-op work permit.
York International Contact Information:
Address: 200 York Lanes
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
Due to the lengthy CIC processing times for co-op work permits, students are advised to apply to the internship program two terms in advance of your intended internship start date (internships begin 3 times a year, in May, September and January). For example, for internships beginning in January 2020, apply to the program as early as May 2019.
I have been accepted into the LA&PS Internship Program. When should I apply for the co-op work permit?
Immediately following acceptance into the LA&PS Internship Program. Due to the lengthy CIC processing times for co-op work permits, students are strongly encouraged to apply for the permit right away.
Access to the internship job postings will be granted once you receive your co-op work permit. While you are waiting to receive the co-op work permit, you will have access to the internship job search support services, such as one-on-one appointments and workshops.
No. In order to provide students and employers with efficient recruitment support, it is a requirement for international students to obtain a valid co-op work permit prior to accessing the internship job postings.
However, while you are waiting to receive your co-op work permit, you will have access to the internship job search support services, such as one-on-one appointments and workshops.
As soon as you receive your co-op work permit, notify the experiential education program coordinator by emailing a copy of your permit. If you have maintained academic eligibility to remain in the internship program, you will be granted access to the internship job postings and can begin applying for positions right away.
Email a copy of your permit to the experiential education program coordinator, and if you have maintained academic eligibility to remain in the internship program, you will be granted access to the internship job postings and can begin applying for positions right away.
No, as soon as you are registered in an internship program you can apply for CIC’s co-op work permit. Your letter from the experiential education program coordinator will be considered your job offer letter.
No, the internship program will be listed as your employer on your work permit; therefore, it will only authorize you to accept jobs affiliated with the internship program.
No, students are required to obtain a co-op work permit to participate in the LA&PS Internship Program.
To learn about the co-op work permit eligibility criteria, application process and to download the application form, visit Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).
If you need further information and assistance regarding work permits, please contact the off-campus work program assistant at York International.