Canada: International students can only work 24 hours a week

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Posted on May 3, 2024


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The Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship of Canada, Marc Miller, declared on Tuesday that foreign students will now be limited to working a 24-hour workweek. 

“When we lifted the 20 hrs/week work rule for international students, we did so to support the post-pandemic recovery. Today, I announced that this measure will no longer be extended and, this fall, off-campus student work hours will be limited to 24 hrs/week,” he tweeted on his official Twitter account.

On April 30, the regulation that permitted students to work off campus for more than 20 hours per week was terminated. The official decree further stated that students may continue working an unlimited number of hours during designated academic breaks.

Marc Miller thinks that this adjustment will enable overseas students to focus on their studies. International students come to Canada mostly to study. This adjustment will give students the opportunity to work while still allowing them to concentrate on their classes. We’ll keep upholding the program’s integrity while shielding pupils from harm,” he declared.

Working more than 28 hours a week results in a significant decline in academic performance, according to the Canadian government, and working more than 24 hours a week increases the likelihood that a student will drop out of their program. Recent research conducted in the US and Canada supports this claim.