Make sure you're eligible to work on campus.
Important definitions for immigration purposes
In most cases, you may work on campus starting the first day of the term if you have a valid study permit and you are a full-time international student. Full-time has many definitions at UBC. See below for how UBC has defined it for immigration purposes.
This definition is for immigration purposes to denote students who are actively pursuing studies and who may be eligible to work on or off campus . Full-time status is the minimum requirement to work on or off campus.
Students with full-time status can start work on the first day of the term as per the UBC Vancouver or UBC Okanagan academic calendar. You must stop work on the last day of the posted final exam period according to the academic calendar.
Exception: If your academic program has start and end dates which differ from those specified in the applicable academic calendar, you can start work on the first day of your program’s term, and you must stop work on the last day of your program’s term.
- Students who meet the "full time" definition in summer and are not eligible for a scheduled break during the summer session will be deemed full time from May 1 to August 31.
- Courses spanning two terms are counted as half the credit value per term (e.g. a 6 credit course counts as 3 credits in Term 1 and 3 credits in Term 2).
 Work refers to work which is authorized by a study permit. Students who also hold work permits may be able to work additional days/hours in addition to work authorized by study permits.
UBC students are considered by UBC to be “full time for immigration purposes” if meeting any one of the following definitions:
Graduate students (enrolled in a graduate program)
- Registered (“REGI” on the SISC), or
- Continuing (“CONT” on the SISC)
Undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students*
This category also includes Diploma in Accounting (“DAPP” on the SISC), Juris Doctor (JD), Unclassified (“UNCL” on the SISC), Access Studies (“ACES” on the SISC), Exchange (“EXCH” on the SISC), and Visiting (“VISI” on the SISC) students.
* Students taking graduate-level courses but not enrolled in a graduate program fall into this category.
WINTER TERM 1 OR 2:
- Registered ("REGI" on the SISC) in 9 or more credits per winter term
SUMMER (MAY TO AUGUST):
- Registered ("REGI" on the SISC) for 9 or more credits, and
- Do not meet the definition of "scheduled break"
FINAL ACADEMIC TERM:
Registered ("REGI" on the SISC) in any number of credits in the “final” term – “final” as determined by your academic advising office before program completion
If a final course spans two terms (e.g. 6 credits), each term may be determined to be a final term.
If final coursework is taken during the summer session (May to August), you can be registered for any number of credits during this period. Your full-time status continues until your letter of completion is available.
Visiting International Research Students and Visiting Research Exchange Students
Visiting International Research Students (VIRS or VIRO) and Visiting Research Exchange Students are considered by UBC to be “full time for immigration purposes” if you are registered (“REGI” on the SISC). Please check with Go Global if you think this applies to you.
Students with academic accommodations
Students with academic accommodations are considered to be “full time for immigration purposes” if you are registered in 6 or more credits and have reduced course load accommodation as determined by the Centre for Accessibility (Vancouver), or the Disability Resource Centre (Okanagan) in line with Policy 73, Accommodations for Students with Disabilities.
Outbound exchange students
UBC students away on exchange term(s) abroad are considered "full-time for immigration purposes” if you are registered (“REGI” on the SISC).
UBC students on a co-op work term are considered by UBC to be "full-time for immigration purposes” if you are registered (“REGI” on the SISC).
UBC Okanagan English Foundation Program students
UBC students enrolled in the UBC Okanagan English Foundation Program are considered by UBC to be "full-time for immigration purposes”.
UBC students who completed program requirements and whose program completion letter is not yet available are considered by UBC to be “full-time for immigration purposes”.