Canada to introduce new rules around off-campus work hours for international students
May 06, 2024

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

The Canadian government has announced new rules around off-campus work hours for international students

The temporary policy permitting students to work over 20 hours per week off campus will conclude on April 30, 2024, with no extension planned. As of this fall, the maximum weekly off-campus work hours for students will be adjusted to 24. This adjustment aims to emphasize students' concentration on their studies while maintaining the flexibility to work when needed. Additionally, during academic breaks, students will have the opportunity to work unlimited hours.

The decision to adjust off-campus work hours was taken after careful consideration of various factors, including student needs, policies in other countries, and data demonstrating that academic outcomes fall apart when students work too much while studying. The government wants to establish a balance that allows students to work while maintaining their academic performance. The new rules also aim to shield international students from financial risk while maintaining the International Student Program's integrity.

As the summer semester begins, students with a scheduled academic break can continue to work unlimited hours

According to recent research conducted in the US and Canada, students who work more than 28 hours a week indicates a significant decrease in their academic performance, and those who work more than 24 hours a week are more likely to drop out of school.

Many countries hosting international students impose restrictions on work hours during study periods. Australia, for instance, recently adjusted its policy to allow students to work 48 hours every 2 weeks. In the United States, students must satisfy additional criteria before gaining permission to work off campus.

In order to better prepare students for life in Canada and lessen their reliance on employment, the Government of Canada raised the cost-of-living threshold in December 2023, which they must now meet in order to be granted a study visa.

Effective May 15, 2024, international students commencing college programs under public-private curriculum licensing arrangements will not qualify for post-graduation work permits. However, those already enrolled in such programs before this date remain eligible for post-graduation work permits, provided they meet all other criteria.

The implementation of the new letter of acceptance (LOA) verification process has been deemed successful. Since its inception on December 1, 2023, through April 1, 2024, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has received nearly 162,000 LOAs for verification. Among these, close to 142,000 have been validated directly with designated learning institutions (DLIs). Additionally, IRCC identified nearly 9,000 LOAs that either did not match any issued by a DLI or had been canceled by the DLI prior to the student's study permit application.


News for you
Canada to introduce new rules around off-campus work hours for international students

May 06, 2024

Canada to stabilize growth and decrease number of new international student permits issued to approximately 360,000 for 2024

May 06, 2024

The competitiveness of Canada is threatened by ongoing visa delays

January 11, 2023

According to recent data, the number of international applicants and first-time enrollees for US graduate programs has increased

January 11, 2023

For international students, Canada has lifted the restriction on off-campus job hours.

January 11, 2023

Are the benefits of US community colleges known by too few international students?

January 11, 2023

Recent information on Australia's student visa program is presented in a report from the Department of Home Affairs.

July 25, 2022

According to a poll, students are drawn to Canada most by its reputation for quality and safety.

July 25, 2022

The majority of US institutions report an increase in the number of applications from foreign students for 2022–2023

July 25, 2022

Canada: Quebec has closed the immigration route for graduates of non-subsidized private colleges.

June 10, 2022

Immigrating to Canada: What You Need to Know

June 09, 2022

Visa processing delays are a challenge for this year's major study abroad locations.

May 26, 2022

Identifying skills gaps in the labor market in popular study locations

May 19, 2022

In early 2022, IELTS will debut a new online test

May 12, 2022

Canada: Immigration stream reopens, work permits extended for some students

May 05, 2022

The government of Saskatchewan has launched a first-of-its-kind education training program

March 17, 2022

Important information about your approved temporary resident visa or super visa and Canada’s travel restrictions due to COVID-19

March 17, 2022

Forecast projects major growth in international enrolments through 2030

March 15, 2022

Canada announces new immigration targets that shatter all previous records, with international grads being a top emphasis.

March 14, 2022

More international STEM students will be awarded three-year OPTs in the United States

February 10, 2022

Travel updates for international students

January 25, 2022

Omicron variant already impacting international student mobility

December 07, 2021

Australia to welcome all fully vaccinated students from 1 December

November 24, 2021

Government of Canada announces adjustments to Canada’s border measures

November 22, 2021

In 2021, Canadian immigration reports a rise in applications for study permits

November 22, 2021

Australian conference highlights new thinking about international education

November 19, 2021

Australia: An overview of international student return plans

November 19, 2021

US: International enrolments fell sharply in 2020 but are now rebounding

November 19, 2021

Beginning in November, fully vaccinated travelers will be allowed entry into the United States

November 18, 2021