Canadian Government Support Systems For International Students
After covid, this is the crucial time for Canada to recover its economy and enhance its growth. With the economy growing at a faster rate than employers can hire new workers, Canada is looking at every option so that they have the skills and workforce needed to fuel their growth. But Canada needs more employment. But they are experiencing unparallel challenges in finding the Labouré’s and workers as according to Canada government, international students are allowed to work for a maximum of 20-hour-per-week in off campus work authorization on their study permit.
To figure out this major problem, IRCC announced the temporary lifting of this rule. So, from November 15,2022 until December 31,2023 international students who are in Canada and who have off campus work authorization on their study permit will not be restricted by the 20-hour-per-week rule. The non-citizen whose student permit application is approved will get the benefit of this provisional change. For the benefit of the country and students, to self-directing the processing of extension of study permit, IRCC is also starting a pilot project.
The aspirants who have routinely high approval rate and have previously been approved to study in Canada are being included in this pilot. This will involve small group of applicants who have the benefit of seeing the process of extending the study permit much faster, with the aim of improving client service. This will permit officers to focus on more complex application. There are over five lakh international students available right now in Canada that are capable to work additional hours. Study permit holders are still expected to balance their study and work commitments, as those who stop studying or reduce course loads to only study part-time are not eligible to work off-campus.
There are bunch of motive of this decision like, it will benefit the international students and graduates, it will help Canada’s comprehensive efforts to improve client service as well as application processing time. IRCC is taking keen interest in raising the bar high for immigration processing as there is unmatched focus on Canada from applicants around the world. With Round-the-clock efforts and client service improves by the department focus to strengthen immigration system, shorten wait time, reduce application stock and improve the experience overall.
Other measures recently set-in-motion for the sake of international students and recent graduates include:
- a transition period for those studying online from abroad
- an opportunity for those with expired or expiring post-graduation work permits to get an additional 18-month open work permit.
Some more important facts about Canada applicants:
- There is an increase of 23% in study permit application. From January 1, 2022, to the end of August 2022, more than 452,000 study permit applications have been processed. During the same period in 2021, which was a record year, 367,000 applications were processed.
- In the past, nearly half of the post-secondary international students in Canada reported earning income during their studies. Most post-secondary international students are allowed to work on and/or off campus, with their authorization to work printed directly on their study permit.
- Prior this decision, any student with the authorization to work off-campus was permitted to work a maximum of 20 hours per week while class is in session, as well as full-time during scheduled breaks. Students eligible to work on campus are not subject to a cap on hours for on-campus work.
- Applications being considered as part of the pilot to automate study permit extensions will need to meet certain criteria in order to be automated. Applications that fall outside of the criteria will be manually reviewed by officers. The automated process will not refuse applications or recommend refusals. Any decision to refuse an application will continue to be made by an officer.
- IRCC processed nearly 119,000 study permit extension applications in 2021, with an approval rate of 97%. From January 1, 2022, to the end of August 2022, more than 135,000 were processed, with an approval rate of 96%.