How Many Hours Can a Student Work While Studying?

Global Ed

If you have decided on the global ed destination and if you are curious to know about the number of hours that you can work as an international student and the rules and regulations in the global ed destination, then we have got you covered.

Getting a part-time job during studies is a fantastic way to earn some extra money, improve your language skills, get hands-on experience at work, know the place and culture better, and meet new friends. However, there are few rules and regulations and work restrictions set by the countries for international students. These rules and regulations will tell you the kind of work that you can do and the number of hours you can work. So today, let us look at these rules and regulations in the top global ed destinations in detail.

Student working hours in the UK

Indian students can work in the UK on a Tier-4 student visa. Students can very easily get a part-time job in the UK, especially in big cities like London and Leeds. There are plenty of opportunities, and the work for international students is effortless to come by in the UK. However, what we have to keep in mind is the University employment limits and the state employment limits. The university regulations and the policies of state-run officials’ insinuations basically define your capacity to work as an international student in the UK. There are cases where the university has strict work limits for international students, but this is not applicable for many universities in the UK. So before you look for a job in the UK, be sure that the university you have selected or the course you have selected does not have a strict rule for working, which limits your working hours.

Suppose your university does not have any regulations regarding student working hours. In that case, your student visa will allow you to work for 20 hours a week, and the home office defines a ‘week’ as a period of seven days which starts from Monday. The home office makes it clear that the student should not work for more than 20 hours a week in any of the remunerated or unremunerated sectors. If you work for more than the allotted hours per week, it will be considered a criminal offence and a violation of immigration rules.

The next thing that you should keep in mind is that only students who are pursuing a bachelor’s degree or above will be allowed to work for 20 hours a week, at the same time for students who are not pursuing a degree but who are pursuing foundation courses or a level below a bachelor’s degree can work for a maximum of 10 hours a week.

The national minimum wage in the UK for a student aged between 18 to 20 will be £6.15 per hour, and for those who are aged 21 and above will be £7.70 per hour. This is the same for the UK and non-UK residents in the country.

Student working hours in the US

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service has strict rules when it comes to international student working hours. A valid F-1 visa is a primary criterion to get admission to any of the universities in the US. This will also allow you to work part-time in the US, but with specific rules and regulations. You can work for 20 hours a week on campus when the classes are in session and 40 hours a week when the classes are not in session. On-campus work can be in places like a bookstore, library, cafeteria, research assistantship. For this, the student must possess a certification letter to show the Social Security Administration in order to get a Social Security Number.

Off-campus work permission will not be granted to an international student in the first year of education. Only after the end of the first year can a student look for a job outside the campus, which will require any more formalities. The student should get authorization from the Designated School Official; the student must have scored good grades in the first year and should obtain the final work permit by the USCIS.

Student working hours in Canada

International students can work in Canada for 20 hours a week. The student should hold a Social Insurance Number and should be enrolled in a secondary-level vocational training program or a post-secondary academic, vocational, or professional training program. The study program enrolled should last at least six months and lead to a degree, diploma, or certificate.

Student working hours in Australia

Australia also had the 20 hours per week and 40 hours fortnight work rule for international students for a very long time. However, last month Prime minister Scott Morrison announced that international students in Australia will soon be able to enjoy unlimited work hours due to worker shortages in the country. This will help the international students work as many hours without compromising their student visa rules.

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