The chart below outlines how you must apply for your Social Insurance Number (SIN) depending on what type of employment you are seeking. All individuals needs a SIN from Service Canada to work in Canada.
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You must have one of the following conditions or remarks on your study permit in order to apply for a SIN:
Note: If your study permit does not have one of the above conditions or remarks, you must submit a mailed request for an amendment to your study permit before you can apply for a SIN. There is no fee for this request. The estimated processing time can be found on the IRCC website.
Applying for an amendment is not the same as applying to extend your study permit. The expiry date of your study permit will stay the same in an amendment application. You will still need to apply to extend your study permit before its expiry date.
Exception: If 'This permit does not permit the holder to engage in on or off campus employment in Canada' is printed on your study permit and you have since become eligible to work on campus or off campus you must apply to change the conditions of/extend your study permit.