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Co-op Work Permit & Study Permit Extension Processing Time (during COVID), processed in 3 days!

I just want to share my recent experience applying for a Co-op Work Permit this September 2020. It may be useful information for International students applying for Co-op Work Permit during these stressful times.

Take this with a grain of salt, processing times may still defer for everyone.

Basically, I applied for a Co-op Work Permit with my Study Permit Extension on September 22, 2020, and I got approved on September 25, 2020, for both my initially Co-op Work Permit and Study Permit extension.

It surprisingly took only 3 days for my application to be processed, compared to the 59 days estimate for a Study Permit Extension (with Co-op Permit option) and the 197 days for Work permit application processing times (applied inside Canada) as of September 27, 2020.

I am not saying that it’s guaranteed for all applications to be processed in just 3 days, but just saying you may also get lucky as well.

What did I do?

  • Complete all the documents required including the optional document that’s stated in the application.
    • I gave a clearly outlined proof of means of income, I included:
      • signed letters from my sponsors explaining their support for my finances
      • certificate of employment from sponsors
      • pays stubs of 3 months from my sponsors
      • 4 months of my bank statements with highlighted proof of receiving money
    • I gave a clear explanation on the first page of the PDF explaining my proof of means documents.
      • e.g. “Money wire transfers on my bank statements on these days June X, July X, August X.”
    • Officially stamped bank statements!
    • Official Co-op Program from your University. (For people applying for Coop Work Permit as well).
    • Photo, Passport pages, Letter of Acceptance/Enrolment Letter (latest ones).

Feel free to share if you got a similar experience, or if you applied just for a Co-op Work Permit alone and got it quickly.

Good luck to anyone applying!


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