In contemporary times, along with historically low unemployment, Canada is experiencing a labor shortage.
According to Statistics Canada, the country’s unemployment rate fell to 5.2% in September from 5.4% in August. It’s in the midst of economic recovery and expansion that employers are facing unprecedented hurdles in recruiting and retaining the human workforce they need.
Therefore, the Canadian government is taking action to address existing labor shortages.
As a result, some temporary changes have been made to the work permit for international students. The Canadian government relaxes its regulations while job opportunities are in sight.
What is the recent decision of the Canadian government?
In its decision, Canada allowed overseas international students with off-campus employment authorization on their study permit to pursue employment for more than 20 hours per week while classes are in session on Fridays. .
The announcement was made by Immigration Minister Sean Fraser. He established that the policy is transitional and will be in effect from November 15 to December 31.
In this way, international students will have the opportunity to benefit from this policy if their application is accepted by the Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.
Under current rules, during regular breaks such as summer and winter holidays, this limit is lifted, allowing international students to support themselves economically.
The initiative could increase the availability of employees to support Canada’s post-pandemic development. It will also give many international students more opportunities to gain meaningful work experience while managing their expenses.
What do you need to get a work permit?
According to CIC News, international students must have a valid study permit. They must be studying full-time at a Designated Learning Institution (DLI). Additionally, students need a Social Security Number (SIN).
Students must also be enrolled in a 6-month academic, vocational or vocational training. Other than that, they must maintain an acceptable academic status. According to the report, if a student’s circumstances change while they are employed and no longer meet any qualifying criteria, they must stop earning off-campus.
If a student is not actively enrolled full-time at an institute, they may be permitted to work off-campus under certain conditions.
Which students are not eligible for off-campus employment?
The following students are not eligible for the permit:
– According to the SCF report, students who enroll in English or French as a second language (ESL or FSL) are not eligible for off-campus work permits.
– Additionally, students taking a general interest course or program are also ineligible.
– Students on tour or international exchange program are also not allowed in a Designated Learning Institution (DLI).
– Those who are on an authorized break from their studies, who are changing institutions or who are not actively enrolled are also not qualified.
Canada: a popular destination for international students
According to statistics from the Canadian Office for Overseas Education, after completing their studies, the majority of international students want to stay in Canada as permanent citizens.
The country is a popular location for foreign students. In June, Sean Fraser told CIC News he expects bigger goals in the coming years, possibly reaching 5,00,000 permanent residents.
Between January and August 2022, Canada processed over 452,000 study submissions. The tally was a 23% increase from the 367,000 requests processed during the same period in 2021.
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