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

1. Overview of the process

About amendments

Amendments apply only to errors that would have been made by an officer when your documents were issued, not a new change you want to make.

For example, if you were eligible to work when you entered Canada but your study permit does not state that you “may work” or “may accept employment”, you’ll need to amend your study permit before you can work in Canada.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for a study permit amendment with conditions to work in Canada, you must meet all of the following criteria:

  • You were eligible to work in Canada at the time your study permit was issued, AND
  • Your study permit does not have the correct conditions or remarks related to work. For example, it has any of the following:
    • It states “Unless authorized, prohibited from engaging in employment in Canada”.
    • It states “This permit does not permit the holder to engage in off-campus employment in Canada”.
    • It does not include any conditions or remarks related to work.


When to apply

Apply as soon as possible. You must have a study permit with the correct condition(s) in order to work in Canada. Without the correct condition(s), you will be unable to obtain a Social Insurance Number (SIN).


No cost

Processing time

Check estimated processing times.

If your application is time-sensitive (for example, you have a job offer or you plan to travel outside Canada during the processing time), please contact International Student Advising.

How to apply

By paper only

Application form

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

To avoid delays with your application, always download the most current form from the IRCC website.