Study Abroad: New Working Hour Rules for International Students in Canada

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Study Abroad New Working Hour Rules for International Students in Canada

Marc Miller the minister of Canada held a media availability addressing new rules governing off-campus working hours for international students in Canada. He announced that the off-campus working hours for international students will increase while the class is in session from 20 to 24 hours starting from September 2024. The limit of work hours will be reduced to 20 hours per week till September 2024 when the government can make a permanent amendment to make it 24 hours. 


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There are no restrictions on the number of hours that international students can work during the summer and winter breaks. However, the existing temporary full-time work policy will not be extended after 30th April 2024. 

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Here is the response of the minister on why 24 hours per week instead of 30 hours will come into effect in the fall of 2024. 

This event aimed at clarifying the government’s stance on whether the temporary policy allowing some international students to work off campus for more than 20 hours per week will be extended or not. This temporary policy was introduced because of the COVID pandemic to ensure that businesses in Canada can fulfill the labour shortage and give an option to international students to earn more. In the future, the IRCC will increase students’ off-campus employment hours to 30 hours per week. Generally, international students can work for 20 hours per week while class is in session.

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