Foreign students and the Social Insurance Number

Foreign students can work on or off campus if Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has granted the student authorization to work in Canada.

To apply for a Social Insurance Number (SIN), international students must present a Study Permit issued by CIC that indicates the permit holder “may accept employment” or “may work” in Canada. If neither of these statements is on the Study Permit, the international student will need to contact CIC to obtain additional information.


If a confirmation to work off campus letter is issued to you by CIC, you will need to provide it along with your study permit to apply for a SIN

For more information regarding Study Permits, visit the CIC website or call the CIC Call Centre at 1-888-242-2100.