International students co-op – Faculty of Engineering
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Co-op for international students

International students must have a valid co-op work permit to work full-time in Canada.

Co-op work permit

Co-op jobs are full-time jobs, so you will need to apply for an off-campus (or co-op) work permit to allow you to work up to 40 hours a week.

The Citizenship & Immigration Office can take several months to issue a work permit, so it is best to submit your application to them as soon as possible, at least 4 to 6 months before you intend to start a co-op job.

If you have a valid work permit that will expire while you are on co-op, you need to submit an application to get a new co-op work permit.

International students who do not have a valid co-op work permit will not be allowed to begin a co-op job. 

An official letter verifying your status as a co-op student is required for your application. Our office will provide this letter to you. 

During the co-op preparation course, all international students will be sent this letter so they can submit their applications for co-op work permits as soon as possible. 

If you are not currently taking the preparation course and require this letter, or you need to renew your work permit, please send a request for the co-op work permit letter to us at engcar@mcmaster.ca

Review the full details on how to apply for your permit on the Student Success Centre website.

Submit your application with the Citizenship & Immigration Office.

When you receive your new work permit, please send a scan or screenshot of it right away to us at engcar@mcmaster.ca so that we can update your OSCARplus record. 

Access to co-op job postings

To be given access to co-op job postings on OSCARplus, international students must submit one of the following documents: 

Document typeSubmission process
A valid co-op work permit Please send a scan or screenshot of your work permit to us at engcar@mcmaster.ca and we will update your OSCARplus record.
Verification that you have applied for the co-op work permit 
Citizenship & Immigration will send you an acknowledgement when they receive your application. Please send us a scan of the acknowledgement letter or forward the acknowledgement email to engcar@mcmaster.ca

Please note: verification of your application will allow you access to co-op job postings, but you will still require a valid co-op work permit to begin a co-op job. You will need to send us a scan of your work permit when you receive it before we can approve a co-op work term for you. 

A work permit and a study permit are two different documents. Our office is only able to provide you with documentation for a work permit

Resources for international students

Questions on co-op requirements

engcar@mcmaster.ca 

905-525-9140 ext. 22571