International Students who are required to complete a field placement, internship, co-op or clinical placement as part of their studies must have a Co-op Work Permit, even if it is unpaid work, and whether it is on or off campus. Apply online to Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for and be approved before starting any placement hours. Read more here: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/study-canada/work/intern.html
Note: The Co-op Work Permit can only be used for work being done as an academic program requirement and cannot be used for off-campus work.
Who must apply:
Students in these Fleming programs must apply for a Coop Work Permit prior to arrival in Canada, or upon arrival:
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Optional Co-ops: Some programs are eligible for an optional co-op. If you are considering applying, see an international student advisor to discuss requirements.
How to Apply
Required documents: You will require a Co-op Letter from Fleming College to apply:
Outside Canada, prior to arrival: apply for the Co-op Work Permit when you apply for your study permit & use page 4 of your Fleming offer of admission package, called “Co-op Work Permit Information”
In Canada semester 1 or 2 students: apply online & use page 4 of your offer package
Upper semester students: request an updated Co-op letter here: https://goo.gl/forms/qj3mipb6krd1vxe42. (7 – 10 business days required).
Do not apply at the border without seeing a Regulated Advisor first.
Please note: If you have changed programs since you received your Fleming offer letter, speak to an advisor about whether you need a new letter. If you have changed Designated Learning Institution (college), you must apply online to change conditions and be approved before starting.
- Create a Government of Canada account: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/application/account.html – log in and “Start an Application/Apply to Come to Canada”
- Complete the Eligibility Questionnaire, making sure to answer yes to the question “Is your work an essential part of your studies?”
- Upload the required documents, see Document Checklist here: https://www.canada.ca/content/dam/ircc/migration/ircc/english/pdf/kits/forms/imm5583e.pdf
- Pay and submit
Immigration Medicals: an updated medical examination with a panel physician may be required if your placement will require you to work with children or the elderly, as hospital staff, laboratory or agricultural worker. Students are advised to refer to and follow the specific IRCC instructions for completing an immigration medical. Failure to do so may result in processing delays.
More questions? Visit International Student Services (Sutherland campus C2 100 and Frost campus Room 181), or come to our weekly sessions on Monday 3:00 – 4:00 pm in Sutherland computer lab B2 365 (bring your passport & study permit)