New visa rules allow international grad students to work in field while studying

January 23, 2012

Recent changes to limited student visas for international graduate students now allow them to find work in their field while completing their degree, eliminating restrictions on working off campus in their chosen field. International grad students typically receive about 3 or 4 years of funding, although it can take longer before they defend their thesis and complete their degree. Many return home to find work while writing their dissertation before coming back to Canada to defend it and complete their education. Over the past 2 years, those restrictions have been quietly lifted, so international grad students can now work up to 20 hours in a job related to their education while in Canada. After the students complete it, the federal government grants them a 3-year work visa and allows them to transition into a full-time job in their field. Calgary Herald