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Starting today, international students can temporarily work 20+ hours per week


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Posted on Nov 15, 2022 at 06:00 am EST

Starting today, international students in Canada can temporarily work more than 20 hours per week during the academic year.

Last month, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced that students would now be able to work more than 20 hours a week between November 15, 2022 and December 31, 2023. This is a one-time measure introduced to help with labor shortages in Canada, particularly in positions traditionally held by students, such as food service, retail, and hospitality. However, there are no restrictions on the type of employment.

The new measure means that the 500,000 international students already in Canada can work more hours.

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Am I eligible to work in Canada?

Considering the price of tuition, combined with the cost of books, rent, food, and transportation, many international students find themselves needing to work part-time during their studies to pay for necessities.

International students who come to Canada on a student visa are eligible to work without the need to obtain a work permit. Students may work off campus for one academic semester, as long as they are enrolled to resume their studies the following semester. There is no limit to the number of hours a student may work during an academic break, such as winter break or during the summer.

You are allowed to work while studying in Canada if:

  • have a valid study permit;
  • Are studying full-time at a designated learning institution
  • have begun study and remain in a satisfactory academic standing as determined by your institution;
  • are studying in an academic, vocational or professional training program that lasts at least six months and leads to the award of a degree, diploma or certificate; Y
  • have a Social Security Number (SIN)

Why does Canada need international students?

In addition to paying higher tuition than Canadian students, international students contribute to Canada’s economy through their consumption of goods and services. Also, most international students choose to stay in Canada after graduation.

Canada needs immigrants to combat a historic labor shortage and fill nearly a million open jobs. In response to the shortage, Canada recently launched the Immigration Levels Plan 2023-2025, which plans to welcome 500,000 new permanent residents per year by 2025. This makes international students a valuable resource, as it has been shown who are more quickly integrated into the Canadian labor market. market as economic immigrants due to their work and study experience and a high level of proficiency in English or French.

More than 400,000 study permits issued in 2022

Between January and August 2022, the IRCC issued more than 452,000 study permits and they continue to be in high demand, as shown by the most recent backlog data. There are currently some 125,966 study permit applications in the inventory with another 34,000 seeking a study permit extension.

Why do students want to move to Canada?

According to a recent study by the Canadian Office for International Education, Canada ranks among the best options for international students due to its reputation for safety and stability, as well as being a tolerant and inclusive country.

Canada also has an acceptance rate for international students. The study, published in July, said students ranked getting an acceptance letter from an educational institution as the easiest part of coming to Canada.

Obtain permanent residence as an international graduate

Once you have completed your educational program, you may be eligible for a Graduate Work Permit (PGWP). A PGWP allows you to work in any profession for up to three years, depending on the length of your program of study. While the work experience you gain as a student cannot be used as part of your application for permanent residence, your work experience with a PGWP does count. After you have completed one year of work in Canada under a PGWP, you may be eligible for permanent residence under an Express Entry program.

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