Study Abroad: 30-hour Work Policy Considered by Canada for International Students

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Marc Miller the immigration minister of Canada announced and introduced multiple measures for the improvement of the International program at the beginning of 2024. From increasing the cost of living from 1st January 2024 to the requirement of a PAL (Provincial Attestation Letter) from a province or territory these changes are for some of the benefits of international students.

Recently, the Immigration minister also announced that the full-time work policy for eligible students will be extended by the end of April 2024. 

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This is primarily because students who are eligible for full-time work are dependent on working more than 20 hours per week to cover their expenses. However, IRCC is looking for other alternatives and is considering increasing the weekly working hours for international students by 30 hours.

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Will the Number of Working Hours Increase to 30 Hours for International Students?

The new reforms issued by Immigration Minister Marc Miller for international students will help everyone including international students themselves. As per previous reports, Canada has set a cap on the number of international students annually, which resulted in a reduction in the number of temporary residents by limiting eligibility for post-graduation work permits (PGWPs) and spousal open work permits (SOWPs). 

Therefore, it seems that an increase in the number of working hours for international students from 20 to 30 hours will indirectly help in overall compensating for the reduction in the number of SOWPs and PGWPs to some extent. 

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