Friday, April 28, 2006

New Canada International Student Work Permits

Off-Campus Work Permit Program Launched

Ottawa, April 27, 2006 — Foreign students studying in Canada can
apply for off-campus work permits effective immediately, the
Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration,
announced today.

Foreign students contribute approximately $4 billion a year to
Canada's economy. There are about 100,000 foreign students in Canada
who could be eligible for work permits under the Off-Campus Work
Permit Program.

The program is not intended to take jobs away from Canadian students.
Each applicant will be required to compete for employment on an equal
basis with Canadians.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has signed agreements with
most provinces to implement the program, and agreements with New
Brunswick and the Yukon are currently being finalized. The agreements
allow eligible foreign students at public post-secondary institutions
to work off-campus for up to 20 hours a week during the school year
and full-time during study breaks.

Eligible foreign students can apply for an off-campus work permit
immediately, and may be able to work off-campus as early as this
summer. The work permit is valid for the duration of their study

"CIC is working in cooperation with the provinces and territories to
make Canada a destination of choice by making it easier for foreign
students to work in Canada during and after their studies," said
Minister Solberg. "Off-campus work agreements will make it easier for
students to gain work experience in the Canadian labour market and
earn extra income while studying," he said.

The Canadian Federation of Students, the Fédération étudiante
universitaire du Québec, the Association of Universities and Colleges
of Canada and the Association of Canadian Community Colleges, who
have all been consulted on the initiative, support efforts to make it
easier for foreign students to work in Canada.

"With Canadian work experience, foreign students will be able to
integrate into the Canadian labour force more quickly. This will help
address skilled labour shortages in Canada," said Minister Solberg.

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seekers who need to improve their business English, job candidates
who need Canadian work experience or Canadian work references.

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