Co-op Work Permit

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:

ACM CHM EC EVC MAC RDB
AEN CHT ED FHP MPH RLD
AQU CIC.CIC EDD FNM ODE RLS
AR CJS EMD FW PF SAG
AWS CM EMT GBE PFD SW
BAB CPH EMX GDV PHM SWM
BAD CSI EPG HIM PLG THR
BAH CYW ERT HTR/HRW – winter intake PMD TV
BTF DA EST LCK POA TVD
CBS DSW ETN LSR PRN UF
PWS/PWL UFT

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.

Current Processing Timeshttps://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/application/check-processing-times.html

How to Apply

Instruction Guide: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/application/application-forms-guides/guide-5580-applying-work-permit-student-guide.html

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.

  1. 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”
  2. Complete the Eligibility Questionnaire, making sure to answer yes to the question “Is your work an essential part of your studies?”
  3. Upload the required documents, see Document Checklist here: https://www.canada.ca/content/dam/ircc/migration/ircc/english/pdf/kits/forms/imm5583e.pdf
  4. 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)

Please note: Immigration Regulations are legislated by the Federal Government of Canada and are subject to change at any time without notice. Students are responsible for ensuring that they are in compliance with all Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) regulations at all times during their studies and while in Canada. Fleming College staff are not authorized to provide advice on immigration-related matters, unless they are Regulated International Student Immigration Advisors (RISIA) or Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCIC). Applicants and students should consult the IRCC website at https://www.canada.ca/en/services/immigration-citizenship.html  or contact the IRCC Call Centre at 1-888-242-2100 to clarify immigration-related questions.