Canada has introduced 3 major measures to help international students who wish to pursue Canadian education as well as work opportunities. Foreign students can study online from other countries, until April 30, 2021, without affecting their length requirement of a future post-graduate work permit (PGWP) on a condition that they must complete at least 50% of their courses in Canada.
Many international students who wanted to study in Canada in the coming fall 2020 are facing uncertainty due to international travel restrictions. In the latest news, IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) has announced the three new measures to ease the rules of Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) for international students pursuing their Canadian academic programs online from abroad due to the pandemic.
Three major PGWP eligibility changes
- International students can now study online from abroad until 30th April 2021, with no time deducted from the eligible duration of a future post-graduation work permit as long as 50% of their total studies are eventually completed in Canada.
- Students who are pursuing a Canadian study program that is between 8 and 12 months in length, which starts in these 5 months from May to September 2020, will be allowed to complete their entire program online from abroad. Along with this, they still have the same eligibility for a post-graduation work permit as an in-class study program in Canada.
- Students who are pursuing a Canadian study program with a start date from May to September 2020 and study online up to 30th April 2021, and who completes more than one eligible educational program, will have the right to combine the duration of their programs of study when they apply for a PWGP in the future, on a condition that half of their total studies are completed in Canada.
To be eligible for the above-mentioned measures, international students must submit a study permit application before beginning an educational program in the spring, summer, or fall 2020 semester, or the January 2021 semester. They should eventually have approved student visa for Canada
Canadian Post-graduation work permit
The PGWP is high in demand among international students who wish to study in Canada. After a student completes an eligible academic program at a Canadian designated learning institution, they have the right to obtain a PGWP for a maximum duration of three years.
IRCC also said in its latest news release that Coronavirus related restrictions of Canada will be eased based on the pandemic situation in Canada as well as in the other parts of the world. IRCC will keep monitoring the Canadian and international situation to make changes accordingly.