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Starting September 2024, international students can work 24 hours per week

Starting September 2024, international students can work 24 hours per week

Changes to working hours for international students in Canada have been announced. Starting from the fall semester in September, international students will be allowed to work 24 hours per week. Meanwhile, the previously-announced cap of 20 weekly working hours for international students in Canada expired on April 30, and will not be renewed, said Marc Miller, Minister for Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship. It must be noted that students who have a scheduled academic break are permitted to work unlimited hours during the summer. 

Also read: Study permit capping among measures taken to protect international students in Canada

Why have changes to working hours for international students in Canada been made?

“Students who come to Canada must be here to study. As such, allowing students to work up to 24 hours per week will ensure they focus primarily on their studies, while having the option to work, if necessary,” said Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) in a statement. “In developing this change, we looked at the needs of students, policies in other countries, as well as research that has shown that academic outcomes suffer the more a student works while studying”

It also strikes the appropriate balance so students have the option to work without compromising academic outcomes. More details will be shared in due course.

Strengthening academic integrity

Apart from changes to working hours for international students in Canada, the government continues to develop the new Recognized Institutions Framework to reward post-secondary institutions that set high standards for supporting and retaining international students. 

“Working off campus helps international students gain work experience and offset some of their expenses,” said Minister Miller. “As international students arrive in Canada, we want them to be prepared for life here and have the support they need to succeed. However, first and foremost, people coming to Canada as students must be here to study, not work.”

It is worth noting that when it comes to working hours for international students, recent studies conducted in the US and Canada have shown that there is a considerable decline in academic performance for students working more than 28 hours per week. Working more than 24 hours per week increases the chances that a student will drop out of their program.

Most countries that welcome international students set limits on the number of hours they may work while they study. Australia recently changed its policy to allow a student to work 48 hours every two weeks. In the US, students must meet additional criteria before being permitted to work off campus at all.

In other news

Self Employed Persons Program intakes suspended: Canada has announced that it is going to suspend further intakes for the Self Employed Persons Program until the end of 2026. Due to a high number of applicants, processing times for this particular program have shot up to beyond four years. In the meantime, IRCC will continue to finalize existing applications, while making changes to the program. Read more here.

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