Tutorial: How to amend your study permit with conditions to work in Canada

Step-by-step instructions, required documents, and other important information about applying to amend your study permit

3. Fill out the application form

Your application form is an important part of your amendment request. Missing or incorrect information can negatively impact the outcome of your application.

i. Download the newest form

Required for all applicants: Request to Amend the Record of Landing, Confirmation of Permanent Residence or Valid Temporary Resident Documents [IMM 1436]

IRCC makes periodic updates to their application forms. Always make sure you are using the most current application form by downloading it directly from the IRCC website.

Download the latest form

ii. Complete your application

Complete the form and sign it by hand before mailing it. If you do not sign the form, your application will be sent back to you unprocessed.

At the end of this form is a document checklist, which you must print and include with your package.

iii. Get help with commonly asked questions

What is a UCI?

UCI stands for “Unique Client Identifier,” also known as a Client ID number. It is an eight- or ten-digit number on your study permit; your UCI has this format: 0000-0000 or 00-0000-0000.

UCI example

How do I fill out the “Current mailing address” section?

This section is very important as the officer will use your address to mail you your amended study permit. If the address you indicate is inaccurate or incomplete, you may not receive your study permit.

  • P.O. Box is a lockable mailbox located in a post office station which you pay to rent. Your mailbox number in your residence is not a P.O. Box number.
  • A street number is the main number on the outside of a building that indicates the location of a building on a street. 
  • Some “street names” also contain numbers, such as West 10th Ave, but this number is part of the street name.
  • If you live in a residence on campus, you might have an assigned mailbox number. You can provide your mailbox number in brackets after the street name; for example: “Lower Mall (mailbox: 234)”.
  • If you do not have an assigned mailbox number, you can put your apartment number under Apt/Unit.
  • If you are unsure of your mailing address or may move while your application is being processed, you can write a mailing address of a trusted friend. Please ensure that your mail can be received by your friend securely if the mail is under your name. You are welcome to use International Student Advising but you must come in person to check if your mail has arrived. Please note, we cannot guarantee your document will be received and it will be publicly accessible in our office.
Mailing address example

How do I fill out the “Information to be Amended” section?

For question 1

You may indicate either your study permit document number or the issue date and expiry date of the permit.

A document ID number appears on official immigration documents (e.g. study permits). It is usually printed in black ink as a letter (an “F” for study permits) followed by numbers.

Example of study permit ID

For questions 2 - 12

You only need to fill in information that needs to be changed. Do not complete any fields if the information is already correct on your study permit.

If you are requesting an amendment to indicate your work eligibility on your study permit, and you don’t require any other corrections, leave questions 2-11 blank. For question 12, indicate “Conditions/remarks regarding student work authorization.” You will then need to explain your request in “Part C”.

How to amend your study permit with conditions to work in Canada

How do I fill out the "Part C" section?

For question 1

Write “N/A” – it does not apply to you as a study permit holder.

For question 2

Write the following (as applicable):

  • If you are studying in a UBC degree, certificate, or diploma program or are an exchange studentPlease amend my study permit to reflect my eligibility to work on and off campus in Canada so that I may apply for a Social Insurance Number. I am a full-time, [degree/diploma/certificate/exchange] student at the University of British Columbia. Thank you.
    • Exchange students should also include the following: Please see the ‘exchange students’ section of the ‘study permits: making an application’ Program Delivery Instructions for details on eligibility to work off-campus
  • If you are a non-degree-seeking student (e.g. Exchange, VIRS or Visiting Student)Please amend my study permit to reflect my eligibility to work on campus in Canada so that I may apply for a Social Insurance Number. I am a full-time student at the University of British Columbia. Thank you.

How do I fill out the document checklist?

Place a check mark in the box corresponding to each item/supporting document you include with your application. When you are ready to mail your application, place the document checklist on top of the other forms and documents, as a cover page. It is also helpful to enclose your forms and documents in the same order that they appear in the checklist – this will make it easier for an immigration officer to review.