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COVID 19 – Work Hour Limit Changes for International Students



International students living and studying in Canada we’re historically able to work a maximum of 20 hours per week while in school. This could be increased to full time during any scheduled breaks, such as the winter or summer breaks. Due to the unprecedented COVID 19 situation, this rule is undergoing a change. Now, international students deemed essential workers can work above 20 hours a week while in school. This is up until at least August 31st, 2020. This hour limit change could help international students earn more income as the economy undergoes stress during this difficult time.

International Students – Weekly Work Hour Changes

Previously, international students were only eligible to work 20 hours a week while attending full-time school and could work full time while on scheduled school breaks, such as during summer or winter. But, in light of the COVID 19 situation, this rule has been amended. Now, international students can work over 20 hours a week while they are full-time students. These changes will only be applicable until August 31st, 2020 and only covers those deemed essential workers. So, for international students seeking to earn more money during the COVID 19 outbreak due to unforeseen financial hardship, this may be a suitable option.

Essential Workers

Those working in essential positions have jobs in health care, critical infrastructure, or the supply of food or other goods. In order to determine if you meet criteria exactly, student workers should refer their employers to Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness: Canada’s Guidance on Essential Services and Functions in Canada during the COVID-19 Outbreak. This will help student workers and employers further determine if they are able to work above 20 hours a week.

According to the guide, a number of positions in diverse fields such as health, water, food, energy and utilities, information technology, transportation, manufacturing, finance, government, and safety.

For international students concerned about earning money for tuition and rent, the change to the working hour limit may be of great assistance. Now, international students can work much more than 20 hours per week while school is in session; they are not limited to just breaks. This will apply to students working in essential services. Lastly, the change will be in place until August 31st, 2020 and may be extended.

Read the original on: The Government of Canada

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