Student visa holders always had a right to apply for a work permit if experiencing exceptional and serious economic difficulties due to unforeseen circumstances beyond their control. Examples of circumstances include, but are not limited to:

  • Unexpected changes in the financial condition of your financial sponsor;
  • Medical bills;
  • Other significant and unexpected expenses; or
  • Significant fluctuations in the value of the currency or exchange rate.


If the request for a work permit is approved, student can work off-campus.  The work permit will have to be updated annually.