Taking the COVID-19 situation and its effect on international students into consideration, Canada has made a major exception regarding the Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP).
This relates to students who are learning courses of Canadian institutions online, this fall.
The Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) normally do not consider online classes as eligibility for a PGWP application.
The COVID-19 situation with travel restrictions has compelled students to take up online courses. This has been considered and amends made.
Now, international students can learn courses online from outside Canada. They can still be eligible to apply for PGWP once they complete their graduation.
New international students can now begin attending their overseas study programs in Canada online. They can do it at a DLI (Designated Learning Institution) that Canada approves, in fall 2020.
This will help them complete about 50% of the program from outside Canada. They can still apply for PGWP. That permit will allow them to work in Canada when their studies are done.
PGWP has a maximum validity of 3 years. The validity will be determined based on the length of the study program.
No time will be reduced for international students from the term of their PGWP for the time they studied outside Canada. This will stand so until 31st December 2020.
PGWP is an important permit for international students in Canada. It lets them work in Canada for not more than 3 years after completing studies. It helps them have a major advantage during the submission of their application for immigration.
This new measure does a lot for the Canadian economy too. It will help avoid a dip in the demand among new students for courses in Canada. It will also keep the existing students, who will not have any benefits lost by learning online.
The tuition fee these students pay for their courses is a major contributor to the country’s economy.
Also, when they work, they will add to the Canadian economy with their labor, taxes, and spending.
Such a measure was applied by IRCC first in early April 2020. It was aimed at international students who were to start their courses in May and June.
The latest announcement will be helpful in applying this measure to students whose courses start in September 2020.
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