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Canada Enhances Work Opportunities for International Students

In a significant development for international students, Canada has announced an update to its off-campus work policy. Starting from Fall 2024, students from abroad will be able to work up to 24 hours per week during academic sessions. This change, announced by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) on April 29, marks a departure from the previous cap of 20 hours and the temporary uncapped policy enacted during the pandemic.

The decision reflects Canada’s commitment to enriching its social, cultural, and economic fabric through the contributions of international students. While the temporary policy allowing unlimited work hours will conclude on April 30, 2024, the new 24-hour rule aims to strike a balance between study and work. It ensures that students can support themselves financially without compromising their academic pursuits.

As international students prepare for life in Canada, this policy adjustment is designed to help them succeed both in their studies and in gaining valuable work experience. The move also aligns with global standards, as most countries that welcome international students set limits on work hours to prioritize academic success.

Canada’s approach is comparable to other top destinations for international education. For instance, the United States permits 20 hours of on-campus work per week, with conditional off-campus opportunities. The United Kingdom allows 10 to 20 hours, depending on the visa, and France enables students to work up to 964 hours annually, roughly 21 hours per week.

This policy update is part of a broader initiative to support and protect international students from financial vulnerability while maintaining the integrity of the International Student Program. With this change, Canada continues to position itself as a leading destination for students seeking quality education and robust work opportunities

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