Rules for international students planning to work full time
As per IRCC, you can work more than 20 hours per week off campus while class is in session if you
- are a study permit holder and are studying at a DLI full-time (or part-time during your final academic session), OR
- have been approved for a study permit but haven’t arrived in Canada yet
In addition, you must meet all these requirements:
- You must ensure IRCC received your application for this study permit (including extensions) on or before October 7, 2022.
- You must have an off-campus work authorization on your study permit.
- Furthermore, you must be either in Canada or coming to Canada before December 31, 2023.
How will temporarily lifting the work-hour limit benefit international students and Canada’s economy?
This temporary policy change is because employers have unprecedented problems finding and retaining the required workers due to existing labour shortages and as Canada recovers from the pandemic.
This initiative will increase the availability of workers to sustain Canada’s post-pandemic growth by providing many international students more opportunities to get significant job experience in Canada.
With over 500,000 international students already in Canada and potentially available to work more hours, this temporary change reflects the crucial role international students may play in alleviating Canada’s labour need while continuing to pursue their education.
Most international post-secondary students are permitted to work on and off campus, with their work authorization printed directly on their study permit. Previously, nearly half of post-secondary international students in Canada reported earning money while studying.
In the next section, you can learn about other changes IRCC implemented to support international students and recent graduates.