International students working in essential services allowed more flexibility to work off campus
Updated: Apr 23, 2020
On April 22, 2020, the government announced that it is removing certain barriers for international students working in essential services to work off-campus while their classes are in session. This is part of the government's response to help battle the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
Normally, international students are authorized by immigration regulations to study outside their campus for a maximum of 20 hours per week while classes are in session. There is no restriction in the number of off-campus work hours while on school scheduled breaks.
As there are thousands of international students studying in health and emergency service programs, the government has decided to institute a temporary rule change to allow them to work for an unrestricted number of hours (even if still attending classes). The exemption applies to those working in an essential service or function, such as health care, critical infrastructure, or the supply of food or other critical goods. This is determined by the Guide on Essential Services and Functions in Canada During the COVID-19 Pandemic.
This temporary rule change will be in place until August 31, 2020.
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