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Updates to Study permits for International Students in Canada

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Study permits – Off campus work

International students in Canada have opportunities to work off-campus without a work permit, thanks to evolving regulations. Here’s a simplified breakdown:

After April 30, 2024, unless there are new policy updates or extensions from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), international students in Canada will likely revert to the standard off-campus work conditions that were in place before the temporary public policies were introduced. Here’s what that typically means:

Standard Off-Campus Work Conditions for International Students (Post-April 30, 2024):

  • During Academic Sessions: International students are allowed to work up to 20 hours per week off-campus during regular academic sessions. This part-time limit is designed to ensure that students can maintain a balance between their studies and work commitments.
  • During Scheduled Breaks: Students may work full-time during regularly scheduled breaks, such as summer or winter holidays. These breaks must be a part of the institution’s official academic calendar.

Basics of Off-Campus Work:

  • Part-time Work: Students can work up to 20 hours per week during regular academic sessions.
  • Full-time Work: During scheduled breaks (like summer or winter holidays), students can work full-time.

Important Policy Updates:

  • Extended Policy (Until April 30, 2024): Allows eligible students to work more than 20 hours per week during academic terms under certain conditions.
  • Application Deadlines Matter: Your eligibility for extended work hours depends on when your study permit application was submitted.

Who Can Work Off-Campus?

  • Valid Study Permit Required: You need to have a valid study permit.
  • Full-time Enrollment: You must be a full-time student at a Designated Learning Institution (DLI).
  • Qualifying Programs: Your study program should be academic, vocational, or professional and lead to a degree, diploma, or certificate.

Special Situations:

  • Co-op Placements: Some students might not need a co-op work permit if they meet specific criteria related to the public policy’s time frame and their eligibility.
  • Study Permit Extensions: If your study permit extension is approved, you might be eligible to work more than 20 hours per week until the extension or the policy expiry date, whichever comes first.

New Policies for Recent Applicants:

  • New Public Policy (January 1, 2024, to April 30, 2024): Affects students whose study permit applications were received between October 8, 2022, and December 7, 2023, allowing them to work more than 20 hours during regular academic sessions.

Key Points to Remember:

  • Compliance is Crucial: Always ensure you meet the eligibility criteria to avoid any issues with your immigration status.
  • Stay Informed: Keep up with the latest policy updates from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to maximize your work opportunities while studying in Canada.

This post should help international students navigate the off-campus work permissions in Canada, making the most of their study experience while staying compliant with regulations.

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