Canada has just announced three major measures to help individuals who wish to pursue Canadian education and work opportunities.
In a news release just issued on its website, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has introduced the following three new measures on Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) eligibility for international students pursuing their Canadian educational programs online due to the coronavirus pandemic.
- Students can now study online while overseas up until April 30, 2021, with no time deducted from the length of their PGWP, so long as they complete 50 percent of their studies in Canada.
- Students who have signed up for a program that is 8-12 months in duration with a start date from May to September 2020 will be able to complete their entire program abroad and still be eligible for a PGWP.
- Students who enrolled in a program with a start date between May and September 2020 and study online up to April 30, 2021, and who graduate from more than one eligible program may be able to combine the length of their programs of study when they apply for a PGWP, as long as 50 percent of the studies are completed in Canada.
The PGWP is highly coveted among individuals who wish to study in Canada. After a student completes an eligible program at a Canadian designated learning institution (e.g., a university or college), they can obtain a PGWP for a maximum duration of three years. The ultimate duration of the PGWP depends on the length of time the individual studied at a Canadian DLI.
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