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! Brock International Services invites Service Canada officers to deliver eSIN application workshop virtually on a regular basis.

Please follow our upcoming events on ExperienceBU and register!