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Canada may allow international students to work 30 hours a week.

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February 26, 2024

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Ishita Soni

Canada allows international students to work 30 hours per week.

Canada Thinking About Allowing International Students to Work 30 Hours a Week.

Canada is thinking about letting international students work more hours per week (up to 30) until April 2024. Currently, the full-time work policy (allowing 20+ hours) for eligible students is extended until then. It’s good news for students who rely on part-time jobs to cover their expenses. The government might give them the option to work even more hours to support themselves.

Who can work full-time until April 2024?

If you submitted your study permit application or extension before October 7, 2022, and meet any of the following criteria, you’re eligible.

  • You’re a full-time student (part-time in your last semester) at a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) with a valid study permit.
  • You maintained your status even after your permit expired and are actively enrolled full-time (or part-time in your last semester) at a DLI.

Will Canada let international students work 30 hours a week?

  • Immigration Minister Marc Miller introduces reforms affecting international students in Canada.
  • Caps set on the annual number of international students, impacting eligibility for post-graduation work permits (PGWPs) and spousal open work permits (SOWPs).
  • Weekly working hours for international students may increase from 20 to 30.
  • The increase in working hours aims to compensate for the reduction in available SOWPs and PGWPs, providing some relief for international students.
  • Immigration minister aims to “set up international students for success”.
  • Intended to compensate for fewer foreign students entering Canada due to new reforms.

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Study permit applications or extensions submitted to IRCC from Oct 8, 2022, to Dec 7, 2023.

If you’re a full-time student at a Canadian school with a study permit (or part-time in your last semester), or if your study permits expired but you’re still enrolled full-time (or part-time in your last semester), you can work more than 20 hours per week from Jan 1, 2024, to Apr 30, 2024. Even if you got study permission but haven’t arrived in Canada yet, you qualify. But if you applied for a study permit after Dec 7, 2023, you can’t work more than 20 hours.

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