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International students in Canada allowed to work for more than 20 hours in a week

International students in Canada can work over 20 hours a week

Immigration Minister Sean Fraser announced that a temporary measure will allow more than 500,000 international students in Canada to work for more than 20 hours per week.

Foreign students can also take benefit of this temporary measure if they have already given their applications for the study permit as of today and if IRCC approves their application this measure will also apply to foreign nationals.

Minister Fraser announced that this reform aims to improve the labour shortages in Canada which is extremely low and dropped to 5.2% in September.

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International student 2022 Updates

At the moment, international students in Canada may work for 20 hours a week while in their study session. However, this time limit is increased for summer and winter holidays so that international students can support their necessities in Canada- said Minister Fraser.

Canada is currently facing one million job shortages due to which the government has eased the rule for the present time.

IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) had given study permits to 450,000 international students in the last year, and the demand to study in Canada is increasing due to many reasons like the educational quality of these institutions, Canadian dollar affordability, multiculturalism and the benefits of permanent residence.

Furthermore, in today’s report, Fraser said that they have processed over 4,52,012 applications for study permits in the first eight months of 2022 which resulted in an increase of 23% as compared to the year 2021.

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Most of the international students report that they wish to stay in Canada and get permanent residence and quickly tend to integrate with the labour market in Canada because of study experience, along with language proficiency-French/English.

International students in Canada working hour increases

How does IRCC help international students in Canada?

IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) offers PGWP (Post-Graduation Work Permit) which enables international students in Canada to get an open work permit with a validity corresponding with the time of their study programs in Canada.

With the help of a work permit, you can work under any employer in Canada, the maximum validity for PGWP (Post-Graduation Work Permit) is three years, and the PGWP holders can receive professional work experience in Canada after becoming eligible for the immigration program under economic class.

IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada)  offers the most prominent pathways for immigration which comes under Express Entry with PGWP candidates getting permanent residents through the CEC (Canadian Experience Class) programs.

International students in Canada also get the reward with domestic work experience and Quebec and PNP programs in Canada help students with the pathways for permanent residence so as to encourage them to reside in the province and continue their contribution to the labour market.

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During the pandemic, for the most part, IRCC relied on international graduates to reach its target of inviting 405,000 immigrants in 2021 in Canada and broke the record for inviting a maximum number of new immigrants in Canada.

In addition, Minister Fraser along with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will identify more ways by which international students and workers can get permanent residence in Canada.

He also brought forward a strategy which outlines the ways by which government wants to help in giving permanent residence to temporary residents in Canada, moreover, we will get more insights about this strategy in the new Immigration Levels Plan which will release by November 1st, 2022.

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