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International Students Can Now Work Full-Time in Essential Services

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April 24, 2020

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International Students

Yes, you heard that right international students! In this fight to combat COVID-19, the restrictions have been removed to the students if they are in the essential service and this is effective immediately. So, even if you are in school, you can now work more than 20 hours a week, which is in place until August 31, 2020.

This is a temporary adjustment and is applicable to students working in the essential service categories such as health care, critical infrastructure, or the supply of food or other critical goods.

Since the outbreak, these industries are under considerable pressure, and the government wants to help the industries to meet the increasing demand and challenges of the pandemic, for which international students in Canada have crucial roles to play as the government recognizes.

Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Marco E. L. Mendicino mentioned in a media release,

 “Immigrants, temporary foreign workers and international students are making important contributions as frontline workers in health care and other essential service sectors. We know and value their efforts and sacrifices to keep Canadians healthy and ensure the delivery of critical goods and services.”

The following industries are considered as essential or the critical infrastructure to help international students determine their eligbility to work more than 20 hours in a week.

List of Critical Infrastructure:

  • Energy and Utilities
  • Information and Communication Technologies
  • Finance
  • Health
  • Food
  • Water
  • Transportation
  • Safety
  • Government
  • Manufacturing

As per the data from Statistics Canada 2017-2018, there are more 11,000 international students who were enrolled in the health care programs in colleges and universities, which makes 4% of the health care students during the time period. They are almost trained or are on the verge to graduate, meaning that the health care facilities have access to the well-trained workers when the situation demands.

Well, this is a good initiative for the international students, as they now have more job opportunities to work full time in the essential service industries during this COVID-19 hardship. To help you in this unprecendented time, we are working remotely to assist you with your immigration related queries and applications.

Book a Consultant and find your Canada immigration options and answers to all doubts and concerns by scheduling a one-to-one initial consultation meeting with our Senior Practitioner at SPS Canada Immigration.


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