International Students Can Work 24 Hours from Fall

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced temporary measures allowing students to work more than 20 hours per week off campus will come to an end on April 30, 2024, and it will not be extended. Previously the temporary measure was implemented on December 07, 2023, and it allowed international students who have off-campus work authorization on their study permit to work full-time.

With the end of this policy, a new policy has been set in place that allows international students to work 24 hours from fall (September) during academic sessions. It might be bittersweet news to most students who have been getting full-time hours during the temporary measures.

The Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship said “Working off campus helps international students gain work experience and offset some of their expenses. 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. We will continue working to protect the integrity of our student program.”

International students were only allowed to work 20 hours per week during academic sessions before the temporary measures came in place. With the new policy, international students will be able to add 4 more hours and may be able to meet the increased cost of living in Canada while attending their studies.

Pacific Link College (PLC) students are expected to follow these new measures set by the government of Canada. With no current scheduled break, PLC students are expected to only work 20 hours per week until the Summer Break from – July 22 to August 4, 2024, when they will be allowed to work full-time.



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