Study and work permit to become more flexible

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Study and work permit will become more flexible as Canada passes new measures

Study and work permit are to become more flexible, thanks to three new major measures. This will aid individuals who look to pursue education or a work opportunity in Canada. Indeed, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) just issued the news on its website. The main target program is the Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP): after all, that’s how hundreds of international students resolve to stay.

The new measures are for international students pursuing Canadian educational programs online due to pandemic. However, thanks to these new measures, this student will now be able to:

  • As long as they complete 50% of their studies in Canada, students can now study online up to April 30, 2021 (no time deducted from PGWP);
  • If they signed up for a program that is 8 to 12 months in duration, students will still be able to complete this program abroad and be eligible for PGWP;
  • Students who enrolled in a program with start date between May and September, and who study online up to April 30 can combine the length of programs when applying for PGWP.

Why the PGWP?

The PGWP is a program which is highly-desired among those who study in Canada. For example, it allows international students to seek a temporary work permit after completing studies from a Canadian institution. Ultimately, the duration of the PGWP depends on the time the individual studied in Canada.

Still, the PGWP gives precious experiences to foreign researchers and invited lecturers. They can then use the Express Entry system to apply for permanent residency. And moreover, they will score higher in the Comprehensive Ranking System. Meanwhile, the IRCC once again confirmed with these measures that Canada listens to the obstacles brought about by the pandemic. The federal government continues to monitor the national and international situation, ready to make changes when needed.