International students can now compensate their tuition costs
And Canada will be able to make up for the labour shortage.
Last month, Canadian Minister of Immigration Sean Fraser announced the lifting of restrictions for international students to work while studying.
From November 15, 2022, to December 31, 2023, students can work full-time, not just up to 20 hours a week. This will allow them to compensate a significant portion of their tuition costs, as well as pay for daily needs. Previously, students could only work full-time during holidays.
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Students need to meet a number of conditions to be eligible to work:
- have a study permit;
- study on a full-time basis;
- keep up good grades;
- study in programs that last more than 6 months and at the end of which a diploma, certificate, or degree is awarded;
- have a Social Insurance Number (SIN).
An important point: only those who applied for a study permit before October 7, 2022, inclusive will be able to work full-time.
Canada benefits from attracting more students and creating conditions that will help them stay in the country in the future. But international students pay many times more for their education than locals do. The opportunity to work full-time will not only help them offset costs but also gain valuable work experience, which will later come in handy for obtaining a permanent residency and finding a permanent job.
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