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Canada allows International Students to Work Off-Campus for More Than 20 Hours - Best Bet for Indian Students in Canada

Oct 14, 2022

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In response to a continuing labor shortage, the Canadian government has allowed international students to work off-campus for up to 40 hours per week. As of July, when the job vacancy rate in Canada dropped to 5.4% from 6% in April, Canadian employers actively sought to fill roughly one million positions.

On Friday, Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Sean Fraser stated, "There are more job possibilities than employees in practically every community in Canada." He continued by saying he anticipates some international students would find work in their subject of study while others will work in service industries.

Canada has renewed the answer to the question, ‘Why Study in Canada?’. The Country has been actively making changes in its permanent immigration system, giving priority to the people who are already in Canada under the Canadian experience subclass, as the number of job openings has increased.

The Canadian government places a high value on overseas students, as evidenced by this reform, and it demonstrates a willingness to adapt rules to keep up with the needs of the labor market.

But considering worker scarcity, the ban has been temporarily lifted as of November 15, 2022, and will remain in effect until December 31, 2023. The new rule will cover only full-time students.

For Indian and other overseas students, this means the following: Before the implementation of the new policy, international students enrolled in a recognized Canadian educational institution were restricted to 20 hours per week of off-campus employment. 

There are times, however, like the summer and winter breaks when they may work more than 20 hours. According to the new regulations, students can continue doing so while still participating in an ongoing educational program.

Indian and other overseas students will now have a more secure financial footing, despite the higher cost of education in Canada. The initial intention of the regulation was to prevent students from abandoning their studies in favor of finding employment abroad. This decision will significantly impact Indian students, who constitute more than one-third of all international students studying in Canada as about 240,000 out of 600,000 non-Canadian students are from India. 

This change will boost the number of international students who are able to gain the work experience they need to support Canada's post-pandemic growth. While some study visas do allow students to work in Canada, the Canadian High Commission in India tweeted to make it clear that this privilege does not begin until the student's formal academic program has begun. 

Fraser, Canada's Minister of Immigration, argued that removing the limit would protect students from being taken advantage of by "unscrupulous businesses" by expanding their work options. “A better chance for students while pursuing higher education abroad to avoid becoming ‘hostages’ to a single employer is created,” he argued. In addition, he declared a test program to implement automated approvals for some requests to extend study permits.

Are you ready to change your status from an aspiring Canadian student to a working Canadian student? If the answer is a resounding yes, head on over to KC Overseas Education and get complete details regarding the same. 

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