Work Permits and International Students: Co-Ops, Spouses and Post-Graduation


This webinar is approved for 1.5 hours of CPD by ICCRC.

Working in Canada is a wonderful opportunity for both international students and their spouses. Working may assist them in reaching immigration goals, or achieving their career ambitions.  It is therefore imperative that students understand when a separate work permit is required, if they’re eligible and how they can apply for it. It is also just as crucial that they understand how they can support their spouse/partner in applying for a work permit.

This webinar will provide an overview of the Co-Op Work Permits, Spouse Work Permits, and the Post-Graduation Work Permit Programs. Presenters will go over eligibility requirements, and suggest approaches that international student advisors can take to help their students understand how, when and if they can apply for these specific work permits. The presenters will review common student scenarios faced by international student advisors, discuss challenges associated with these types of applications and how advisors can help students, and their spouses/partners, navigate them.

Upon completion of this webinar, participants should be able to:

  • Competently explain to students the eligibility requirements of each of the above named work permits
  • Navigate complex scenarios in which students may have jeopardized their eligibility to obtain a work permit
  • Support international student’s spouses in obtaining a work permit

About the Presenters

Imarú Baquero, RISIA, University of Lethbridge

Imarú Baquero currently works as the Manager, International Student Services at the University of Lethbridge.

Imarú is a Regulated International Student Immigration Advisor since 2017 and has worked in international education for the past eight years, in both college and university environments. Her responsibilities have included international strategic planning, international student support and advising, education abroad, partnership development, and international student enrolment management.

Brianna Huene, RCIC, University of Calgary

Brianna is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant and currently works as an International Student Immigration Specialist at the University of Calgary.

She has been involved in international education for the past 8 years, from studying abroad at Sciences Po in Paris, to advising students on group study abroad programming, to working with international students as both an advisor and coordinator of support programming. In addition to her current role providing immigration support to international students, Brianna’s initiatives led to the implementation of University-wide policies to address the specific needs of visiting student researchers, organized international student orientations, provided supervision to student staff and volunteers, and is currently working on collaborative projects to increase awareness of support services available to international students.

Dalyce Newby, RCIC, Humber College

Dalyce is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant and International Student Advisor for Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning.

With over twenty years of experience in the field Dalyce is committed to serving the needs of international students and the Humber community. As an international student advisor she is focused on delivering non-academic and immigration related advice, the development and delivery of culturally relevant programming, liaising with academic schools working towards retention and student success and international student transition and support plans.