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Co-op Work Permits

International Students are required to have a Valid Co-op Work Permit to go on a work term. 

Due to lengthy processing times with Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), International students must have applied for a permit at least four months prior to applying for Co-op. NO EXCEPTIONS!

It is recommended that students apply for their work permit 8 - 12 months prior to starting a work term to ensure that the permit arrives in time. For example, if you are planning on starting a work term in May, you should apply for your permit a year in advance, but no later than September of the year prior to starting your term. Students' eligibility to work off campus, according to paragraph R186(f), (v), or (w) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations, does not replace the requirement of a Co-op Work Permit

Visa Application Workshops are offered once  a semester through the Career Centre, but additional assistance is offered by UR International all year. Please see Student Calendar for updated Workshop dates. 

Required Documents of Co-op Work Permit - Please bring to sessions:

  • Electronic copies of Passport pages clearly showing passport numbers, issue and expiry dates, name and date of birth, stamps made by Canadian Authorities on most recent entry into Canada and all other entry stamps
  • Electronic copy of valid Study Permit
  • Electronic copy of COnfirmation of Enrollment
    • Masters Students - Registrar's Office (Ad-Hum Building)
    • Undergraduate Students - UR Self-Service (Online)
  • Original Letter issued by Co-op office at University of Regina (please request in person in RC 163)
  • Copy of Unofficial Transcripts
  • Digital Photo - Just be JPG
    • Dimensions:
      • The final frame size of photo must be at least 35 mm X 45 mm
      • Photograph must show the full front view of the head, with the face in the middle of the photograph, showing the top of shoulders
      • The size of head, from chin to crown, must be between 31 mm and 36 mm
      • Dimensions in pixels must be 420 X 540
    • Quality/Resolution:
      • If an existing photo is being scanned, the minimum resolution must be 600 pixels per inch
      • Background of photo should be white or light blue
    • File Format: 
      • The file must be submitted in .JPEG or .JPEG2000 format
      • Must be a colour photo

If you have questions regarding a Co-op Work permit, please contact Elissa Haichert at via email at or in person in the Career Centre, RC 163, or speak with a representative from UR International - Student Services at or in person in UR International - Student Services, CW 109