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Regarding Uber Eats delivery 

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Posted On: 6/1/2024
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I am an international student in Canada. I do uber eats delivery.International students are allowed to work 20 hour off campus. I want to know as delivering with uber eats is considered as self-employment and there is no fixed hourly rate. And when we file taxes at the end of the year, there is no mention of how many hours I have worked.Sometimes it happen that I can earn only 5 dollars an hour sometimes even 30 dollars. As there is no fixed hourly rate,so can I do uber eats delivery more than 20 hours in a week?
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Posted On: 6/12/2024
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Hi there,

Thank you for sharing your question and situation with us.

In terms of self-employment, you may find helpful information in the following thread: Can I be self-employed as an international student?

Here is an excerpt:
Self-employment, such as running your own small business, would be considered as “off-campus work”. Starting and running your own small business as an international student, i.e., conducting off-campus work, is possible provided that you have the required authorization and meet all prerequisites.

First, the conditions of your study permit must authorize you to work off-campus during your studies.

An international student is eligible to work off campus without a work permit so long as they:
  • have an explicit authorization on their study permit authorizing them to work off campus;
  • are a full-time student at a designated learning institution (a school that is approved by provincial or territorial government to host international students); are enrolled in a post-secondary, academic, vocational, or professional training program OR a secondary-level vocational training program (Quebec only);
  • are enrolled in a study program that is at least 6 months long and leads to a degree, diploma, or certificate
  • have started studying and are actively engaged in pursuing their study program; and
  • have a Social Insurance Number.

  • If an international student is a part-time student at a designated learning institution, they can only work off campus if they (1) meet all the above requirements, except for the requirement to be studying on a full-time basis because (2) they are only studying part-time because they are in the last semester of their study program and do not need a full course load to complete the program. The international student must have been a full-time student in their program up until their last semester.

    If the study permit does not explicitly grant authorization to work off-campus and an international student met all the criteria at the time of the initial study permit application, they can ask to have this authorization added by applying to amend the terms of the study permit. There are no fees involved in submitting the application. However, if a student’s study program has changed and they are now eligible to work off-campus, then they must apply for a new study permit and fees will apply.

    Second, you must not work more than the authorized hours of work per week.

    During term time, international students can work off campus up to 20 hours a week and full-time during regularly scheduled breaks.

    However on October 7, 2022, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada announced that international students are authorized to work more than 20 hours per week during term time until December 31, 2023 if they hold a study permit that authorized them to work off-campus that was either (1) issued before October 7, 2022 or (2) was applied for before October 2022 and they met all the eligibility criteria to work off-campus noted above.

    Third, respecting and tracking compliance with employment authorization

    If you are working off campus as a self-employed individual, you are responsible for keeping track of the hours you work off campus and for proving that you are complying with the conditions of your study permit.

    Hours are calculated as any time you spend doing any of the following:
    • earning wages
    • being paid wages for performing a service or selling a product
    • collecting a commission for performing a service or selling a product
    Eligibility for a Post Graduate Work Permit (“PGWP”)

    Being self-employed should not affect your eligibility for a PGWP as long as you respected the terms of your off-campus work authorization and can submit documentary evidence as such if requested.

    You may wish to consult a reputable and registered immigration consultant or an immigration lawyer for advice specific to your situation. You may find helpful information on how to find a reputable and registered lawyer or immigration consultant in the Settlement.Org articles, How do I find a lawyer? and What other kinds of legal help can I get?.

    It may also help to connect with a community resource navigator at 211 to narrow your search.

    211 Ontario is a free, confidential service. Their phone service is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Here is a link to their live chat if you prefer to communicate online. Their live chat service is available Monday to Friday from 7am-9pm ET.

    We hope this information is helpful. Please follow up with us if you have any further questions.


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