Social Insurance Number (SIN)

Social Insurance Number (SIN) is required for anyone that wants to work and be paid in Canada. Understand employer’s role of requesting SIN. 

Check related information on IRCC website for the procedure on applying for a SIN for working off-campus.

Applying for a SIN

International students applying for a SIN require a permit that confirms their right to work. The options are:

    • a work permit; or,
    • a study permit that includes conditions allowing work on and/or off-campus

Students who have study permits without these conditions must either apply for a new study permit or request an amendment to their current permit.

  • Applying for a new permit: If the conditions were correct when the permit was issued (eg. Excluding off-campus work for English-language students), it will be necessary to apply for a new permit. 
  • Requesting an amendment: If the conditions were wrong when the permit was issued (eg. Excluding work for a student in a post-secondary degree program) an amendment can be requested.  
    • Amendment applications must include the original offer of acceptance used in the application for the current study permit AND current confirmation of enrolment. 
    • There is no fee for an amendment request. 
    • See IRCC details about applying for an amendment 

You can also reach out to our office at should you need additional clarification

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Yes! SIN applications are currently accepted online as well as by mail. Find out how to apply here.

Yes! Though you can apply for your SIN online and typically be able to view your SIN online in 5 business days, you can also get your SIN on the spot in the following ways:

Get your SIN at the Toronto Pearson Airport

Newcomers arriving at Toronto Pearson Airport during business hours may be able to get their Social Insurance Number (SIN) before leaving the airport at the Service Canada Kiosk.

If the Service Canada Kiosk is open when you land, you can apply and obtain a SIN right at the airport. Once you show your passport and study permit with work conditions, you will receive your SIN on the spot within a few minutes!

Get you SIN at an on-campus SIN Clinic

Brock International invites Service Canada officers to deliver SIN application workshops at the beginning of term on a regular basis.

Please follow our upcoming events on ExperienceBU and register!