International Students in Canada will be allowed to work off-campus over 20 hours per week

Canada is known for its long-term labor shortage accompanying her for years. This has been one of the biggest encouragement and factors behind many streams of immigration conducted by its authorities.

Recently, in order to try and bring some relief to this known shortage, Canada breaks with a great announcement when Immigration Minister Sean Fraser decided to allow International students in Canada to work over 20 hours per week off-campus.

This is considered great news for those who are planning to arrive in Canada on a student visa.

Canada is among the world’s leading destinations for international students. Canada issued nearly 450,000 new study permits last year alone. Demand to study in Canada remains strong due to various factors, such as the quality of the country’s educational institutions, multiculturalism, affordability of the Canadian dollar, and the work and permanent residence opportunities that the country offers.

Statistically, international students that arrive in Canada to conduct their studies plan on receiving better chances for residency, together with improving their future income.

This explains why Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) offers a host of measures aimed at helping international graduates work in Canada and remain here.

But what about the studential time?

Just until this announcement, international students were restricted in the number of working hours while studying, as they were allowed to work only up to 20 hours a week (off-campus) if authorized to (except during breaks between semesters). This is one of the reasons for the known demand to show proof of funds when applying for a student visa, as Immigration authorities want to be sure that even without working a full-time job, the international student will have enough funds on his hands to maintain himself.

International students felt somewhat reluctant to do this, for obvious reasons: paying tuition without the ability to earn money required a much higher self-financial ability, together with the demand for proof of funds. Furthermore, while studying, many concerns arise regarding options for income.

Facing nearly one million job vacancies has resulted in the Canadian government easing this rule for the time being.

With this new temporary measure of the announcement (planned to be valid until the end of 2023), students will feel more confident in their ability to maintain themselves, even while paying their tuition in monthly payments.

This policy allows international students to support themselves financially while also seeking to ensure that they remain focused on completing their studies rather than be focused on working in Canada.

From November 15, 2022, until December 31, 2023, international students who are in Canada and have off-campus work authorization on their study permit will be allowed to work over 20 hours per week off-campus while class is in session.

This temporary measure will also apply to foreign nationals who have already submitted a study permit application as of today. They will also be able to benefit from this policy if Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada approve their application.

Immigration Minister Fraser explained that the new temporary measure aims to reduce the labor shortages that are being experienced across Canada, as over 500,000 eligible international students that are already in Canada will be able to work more hours.

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