Work more than 20 hrs/week as a student!

Don’t get restricted to working for just 20 hours.

Immigration Minister Sean Fraser has updated new temporary measures for international students who are in Canada. From November 15th, 2022 till December 31, 2023 students with authorization on their study permit will be allowed to work over 20 hours per week off-campus while class is in session.

Further explaining the problem in detail, Fraser said that the changes are made to overcome the current labour shortage that Canada is facing.

With this new update, now post-graduate international students can work off-campus for more than 20 hours per week. This approach enables foreign students to sustain themselves financially while also attempting to keep them concentrating on finishing their studies rather than finding employment in Canada.

What was the situation like before?

Currently, students can only work 20 hours a week off-campus and are paid minimum wage as they can only work part-time. Because of Covid-19 job opportunities had decreased and students faced a lot of problems finding a part-time job. Students worked for a couple of hours per week and found it difficult to pay for their tuition fees and rent.

What does the data say?

Over 500,000 qualified international students who are already in Canada will be able to work extra hours thanks to this policy, according to Fraser.

Canada is one of the top foreign student destinations on the globe. It has over 620,000 international students in 2021, a figure that has increased in the last two decades. Last year, Canada issued over 450,000 additional study permits. In addition, Fraser stated in his statement that Canada has already handled over 452,000 study permit applications between January and August of 2022, a 23% increase over the 367,000 received during the same period in 2021.

In recent years, Canada has increasingly looked at international students as a vital source of permanent residents, particularly during the epidemic. For example, IRCC relied heavily on international graduates to meet its aim of landing over 405,000 new immigrants in 2021, shattering Canada’s annual record for newly landed immigrants.

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