International students in Canada to be allowed more off-campus work hours

Credit to Author: Canadian Immigrant| Date: Tue, 11 Oct 2022 20:47:38 +0000

Limit on off-campus work hours for international students to be lifted temporarily

Immigration Minister Sean Fraser has announced the temporary lifting of the current 20-hour-per-week cap on the number of hours that eligible post-secondary students are allowed to work off-campus while class is in session. Currently, students are permitted to work full-time only during scheduled breaks.

According to this announcement, from November 15, 2022, until December 31, 2023, international students who are in Canada and who have off-campus work authorization on their study permit will be allowed to work over 20 hours per week. Foreign nationals who have already submitted a study permit application, will also be able to benefit from this temporary change, provided their application is approved.

These measures will provide many international students with a greater opportunity to gain valuable Canadian work experience, and will increase the availability of workers to sustain Canada’s post-pandemic growth. This will address the challenges employers are facing in finding and retaining workers during this period of economic recovery and growth.

“With the economy growing at a faster rate than employers can hire new workers, Canada needs to look at every option so that we have the skills and workforce needed to fuel our growth. Immigration will be crucial to addressing our labour shortage. By allowing international students to work more while they study, we can help ease pressing needs in many sectors across the country, while providing more opportunities for international students to gain valuable Canadian work experience and continue contributing to our short-term recovery and long-term prosperity,” says Fraser.

For more information, visit the IRCC website.

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