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Canada extends work hours for international students

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Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) in Canada has extended a policy that allows certain international students to work more than the standard 20-hour-per-week limit for off-campus employment.

The policy, which was implemented in 2022, was supposed to expire on December 31, 2023, but it has now been extended until April 30, 2024.

Prior to the extension, international students could only work a maximum of 20 hours per week for off-campus work during sessions and full-time during scheduled breaks.

While providing an update on the policy extension, Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, Marc Miller, stated that the policy will be reviewed in the future to allow students to work 30 hours during sessions for off-campus jobs.
He said, “The waiver on the 20-hour-per-week limit on the number of hours international students are allowed to work off campus while class is in session will be extended to April 30, 2024.

“International students already in Canada, as well as applicants who have already applied for a study permit as of December 7, 2023, will be able to work off campus more than 20 hours per week until that time.

“We continue to examine options for this policy in the future, such as expanding off-campus work hours for international students to 30 hours per week while class is in session.”

International students, according to the IRCC, must meet the eligibility requirements, which include having a study permit and being authorized to work in accordance with the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations.

In addition, students are permitted to work more than one job to meet the required hours.

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