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International students in Canada can now work for more than 20 hours

The international students in Canada can work for more than 20 hours per week starting from November 15. This is a temporary arrangement and will be in effect till December 31, 2023. The Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) introduced this measure with an aim to address the gruelling labour shortage crisis in the country. The labour shortage is particularly high in job positions which are usually held by students, such as food services, retail and hospitality. However, no restrictions have been specified for occupations that could be chosen by students. The new measure would also benefit the 500,000 international students who are currently in Canada.

Canada education and migration

Canada sees international students as a valuable resource for future immigration, as they will be able to integrate to the Canadian labour market more quickly. Their education and work experience in Canada as well as high proficiency in English or French make it easier for them to obtain permanent residence status. Because of this reason, majority of the international graduates choose to settle in the country after their studies. Further, international students contribute to Canada’s economy through consumption of goods and services as well.

Canada has issued 452000 study permits between January and August 2022. As per the Immigration Levels Plan for 2023-25, Canada will be welcoming more than 500000 new permanent residents per year by 2025. It means more international students will get a chance to become permanent residents in the country.

Post-Graduate Work Permit (PGWP)

The Post-Graduate Work Permit allows international graduates to stay back in Canada after studies and work for a maximum of three years, depending on the duration of their course. Thus, PGWP allows them to gain significant Canadian work experience, with which they will be able to apply for permanent residence in Canada. Those who have gained work experience of at least one year with the PGWP may apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry program.

Indian students in Canada

Around 1.83 lakh Indian students are currently pursuing their education in Canada. In 2021, a whopping 102688 Indian students chose Canada as their study destination. And in the first half of 2022, more than 60000 Indian students arrived in Canada to pursue higher education. According to the latest data, the number of Indian students studying in Canada has grown by nearly 220% between 2016 and 2021.
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