Canada published temporary public policy details allowing students to work more than 20 hours per week

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Canada published temporary public policy details allowing students to work more than 20 hours per week

On November 22, 2022, the Canadian Government released the instructions for the temporary public policy that lifts the work limitation of study permit holders. International students that were allowed to work without a work permit for no more than 20 hours during regular academic sessions can do so under this public policy. 


The policy came into effect on November 15, 2022, and will expire on December 31, 2023. Canada introduced this policy to allow international students to gain valuable work experience in Canada and solve the labor shortage problem in Canada.


Background of Consideration

The Canadian economy is experiencing a labor shortage which might affect one million jobs, according to employers. In order to temporarily meet these labor market requirements, allowing international students to work more than 20 hours per week while enrolled in classes will be beneficial.


Public policy Considerations

This public policy will enable eligible foreign nationals who are studying full-time in Canada and who either hold a study permit or have applied to renew their study permit and are authorized to study under Section 189 of the Regulations to work off-campus without a work permit for even more than 20 hours per week throughout regular academic sessions between November 15, 2022, and December 31, 2023. (or until this public policy is revoked, whichever comes first). The foreign national’s study permit application must have been received by IRCC on or before October 7, 2022, in order to qualify for this public policy.


It is hereby established that there are significant public policy factors supporting the granting of exemptions from the Regulations’ requirements to foreign nationals who meet the set standards in accordance with section 25.2 of the Act.


Eligibility Requirements

Delegated officers may issue an exemption from the regulations’ requirements based on public policy considerations if International Students:


  • holds a study permit that is currently valid, and the application for that permit was submitted to IRCC on or before October 7, 2022;
  • submitted a renewal application for their study visa before it expired in accordance with subsection 217(1) of the Regulations, and the IRCC received the such application on or before October 7, 2022;
  • in accordance with section 189 of the Regulations, is permitted to study without study permission;
  • is enrolled full-time at a designated learning institution; and
  • is enrolled in an academic, vocational, or professional training program at the post-secondary level that is offered in Quebec, in each case with a duration of at least six months and leading to a degree, diploma, or certificate.


This program gives many overseas students greater chances to gain valuable work experience in Canada, which will boost the labor pool available to support Canada’s post-pandemic growth.


The majority of international post-secondary students have the right to work both on and off campus, and this freedom is expressly stated on their study permits. In the past, almost half of Canadian post-secondary international students reported working while attending classes.


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