IRCC announced changes to provide more flexibility on eligibility rules for the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWP) for students who start their Canadian study program online from abroad.
According to IRCC's update:
- Students are now able to study online from abroad until April 30, 2021, with no time deducted from the length of a future post-graduation work permit, provided 50% of their program of study is eventually completed in Canada.
- Students who have enrolled in a program that is between 8 and 12 months in length with a start-date from May to September 2020 will be able to complete their entire program online from abroad and still be eligible for a post-graduation work permit.
- Students who enroll in a program with a start-date from May-September 2020, study online up to April 30 2021 and who graduate from more than one eligible program of study may be able to combine the length of their programs of study when they apply for a PWGP in the future.
- To be eligible for these measures, students must submit a study permit application no later than September 15, 2020 for programs with a fall start date.
Are You A Foreign Student Who Wants to Study In Canada?
Canada is an attractive destination for foreign students and has increased opportunities for international student enrollment in recent years. Canada's IRCC has made many changes in international student policies due to temporary COVID restrictions. Talking to an experienced immigration professional can help determine your eligibility and identify the best opportunities for you to study in Canada.
In order to study in Canada, international students usually require a study permit. This is a document available only after a college, university, or other accredited educational institution has accepted you. Study permits are only available for those accepted to schools designated to accept international students. Designated learning institutions appear on the official Designated Learning Institutions list, but only at the post-secondary level. Primary and secondary schools throughout the country are automatically deemed as designated institutions.
For more information on applying to study in Canada as an international student or to find out about working while you study or after you graduate contact Ackah Business Immigration Law today at (587) 324-2232 Ext. 100 or 1-800-932-1190 or email us directly.