International students are allowed to work unlimited hours in Canada

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Today Canadian Immigration minister Sean Fraser announce in a press release that international students in Canada can work unlimited hours in off-campus in Canada. Off-campus work restrictions has lifted temporarily in for overseas students to work in Canada. Due to labour shortages the government has decided to allow foreign student to work in Canada off-campus unlimited hours from November 15, 2022 to December 31, 2023. This has been a great relief for students already in Canada.

Yesterday (10/6) in a press release IRCC minister Mr. Fraser told they will be publishing some important news for International students. And this morning the news came up. Many assumed there might be something like this and even others thought a new announcement for TR to PR route possibly.

Who’s eligible under this new announcement

International students in Canada with a valid off-campus work permit can get this benefit. Besides, any new students on their way to move in Canada also will get benefitted from this unrestricted work permit allowances until December 31, 2023.

The student must have a valid study permit and authorized to allow off-campus work to eligible for this program.

The Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, today announced the temporary lifting of the 20-hour-per-week cap on the number of hours that eligible post-secondary students are allowed to work off-campus while class is in session.

IRCC Website

In this unprecedented time, Canada is addressing their labour shortage, and international students can contribute to the sector. Lifting a 20-hour work-cap weekly will help employers, and students may also benefit from extra earnings while studying.

All eligible students should also consider continuing their education as usual and maintain the study-permit conditions failure to do so may face complications or be removed from the course/degree they are studying.

How many hours international students can work hourly in Canada under this new law?

There’s NO limits on maximum hours but however, all student must comply their study permit rules.

Can I work full-time permanent position?

You can work unlimited hours but you are not allowed to accept any contracts for full-time permanent position.

Can I pause or take semester break?

No you can not do that as the your study permit conditions. You must maintain your full-time student status.

How long I can work unlimited hours in Canada?

Until further notice the Canadian government announced international students can work unlimited hours till December 31, 2023.

I’m not in Canada yet but my Canada study permit application approved recently. Am I eligible for this?

Yes you are also eligible if you have off-campus work permit authorization on your study permit.

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