Foreign workers and work permits

In some circumstances, qualified foreign workers can be hired as staff or faculty at UBC with a valid work permit. International student employees do not require a work permit as long as they hold a valid study permit that allows them to work on campus.

Eligibility of foreign workers

When hiring staff and faculty members, UBC gives hiring preference to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. If  a qualified Canadian citizen or permanent resident cannot be identified and the position is offered to a qualified foreign national, you can work with UBC's Human Resources team to acquire a work permit for the new employee.

Work permits

Foreign workers (those who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents) require a valid work permit to work in Canada. A work permit is issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

The valid work permit must include:

  • “UBC” or “Open” as the employer
  • the specific  occupation, or open
  • Valid start and end dates that cover the appointment period

If you are hiring a foreign faculty member please see specific information on recruiting foreign academics at UBC.  If you have faculty member whose work permit is expiring please contact Faculty Relations.

If you are considering hiring a foreign staff member or have an staff member whose work permit is nearing expiration, please contact your UBC Human Resources associate

Student employees

International students without a work permit can be employed at UBC, if their valid study permits contain the authorization to work condition. Students must remain actively engaged in full-time studies. Authorization to work with a Study Permit ends on the day when a student is approved for a leave of absence from their program of study or on the day that they receive confirmation that their program of study is complete.

When hiring a student employee, note that even if they don't have a work permit, they must have a Social Insurance Number (SIN). Learn more at the Government of Canada's website.

If you have questions on a student's eligibility to work on-campus, contact your UBC Human Resources associate.

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