IRCC to Allow International Students to Work Off-Campus for More Than 20 Hours Per Week

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As part of a new program, Canada is removing the limit on the number of hours international
students are permitted to work off-campus. The goal is to have international students help solve
Canada’s recent labour shortage issues. 

International students in Canada are generally allowed to work off-campus as per the terms of
their study permit. However, the number of work hours are limited to 20 hours per week of paid
work outside their studies. The government’s new program will temporarily lift these
restrictions. As of November 15, 2022, until December 31, 2023, international students in
Canada with a valid off-campus work authorization will no longer be restricted to 20 hours per
week of paid work outside of their studies. International students who have not yet arrived in
Canada but have already submitted a study permit application, will also be able to enjoy this
change in rules once their application is approved.

This program is aiming to address the labor shortage that is affecting Canada as a result of the
effects of the COVID 19 pandemic. The government estimates that around 500,000 students will
be eligible to benefit from the new rules.