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Oct 2022

Mon, Oct 17, 2022 9:12 AM


The Canadian government is temporarily easing the restriction on the maximum number of hours per week that international students may work off-campus while classes are in session in order to solve the severe labor shortages in the country's economy.

Normally, during their academic semester, international students are only permitted to work 20 hours a week off-campus. However, foreign students who have an off-campus permission on their work permit will no longer be restricted to working 20 hours per week from 15 November 2022 to 31 December 2023.

The new rule is applicable to both international students already studying in Canada as well as students who have applied for a study permit as of October 7, 2022. 

The temporary lifting of the work cap is expected to have an impact on "more than 500,000 international students already in Canada who are potentially available to work additional hours," not to mention those who will enter the country on a valid study permit that was applied for before the deadline of October 7th.

It will be expected of students to balance their academic work and off-campus employment. They won't be able to take fewer classes or switch to a part-time schedule. If they do, they won't be allowed to work off-campus.

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