Canada is making changes in Study and Work Visa through its Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) rules for students from abroad, who want to study in Canada beginning this fall. The PGWP enables those students to gain Canadian work experience after completing their education at a Canadian designated learning institution (DLI).

International students must have completed a full-time program of a time span of at least eight months at a DLI in order to qualify for the PGWP. Their study program must have lead to a diploma, degree, or certificate. The ultimate length of the PGWP depends on the length of the student’s program of study in Canada.

In Normal and certain circumstances, online courses do not count toward the study requirement for a PGWP application. However, given uncertain corona-virus-related travel interruptions around the world, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is now allowing international students to study online while staying at home and still be eligible to apply for the work permit after their graduation.

The reform was announced by the IRCC during the evening of May 14, 2020.

New international students will be able to begin their programs at a Canadian DLI online in fall 2020 and complete up to 50 percent of the program while at home and then still be able to obtain the PGWP to work in Canada after completing their studies.

IRCC also declared that international students will not have time deducted from the length of their PGWP for the period they spent outside of Canada, up to December 31, 2020.

Why this Change in Study and Work Visa is a major announcement?

The PGWP is highly accredited among Canada’s international students since it enables them to work in Canada for up to three years after completing their studies.

Such work experience provides them with a major advantage when submitting their federal and/or provincial immigration application, which 60 percent of international students plan to do, according to the Canadian Bureau for International Education’s annual survey of foreign students.

Express Entry’s Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), rewards former international students with additional CRS points for their Canadian education and work experience.

In recent months, more former international students have received invitations to apply for permanent residence through Express Entry draws that have only selected Canadian Experience Class and PNP candidates. This major announcement will encourage more international students to pursue their studies in Canada this fall, rather than deferring their post-secondary education.

Another major benefit for the students is that the cost to study in Canada will decline for them since they will not have to incur additional living expenses during their Canadian education.

Read our previous article Are our Admissions & Visa Applications getting Processed during COVID19?

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