The three-year open work permit after graduation will now be available for foreign students who complete their entire post-secondary degree online.
The government is making the Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) eligibility process easier during the pandemic for foreign student graduates. Earlier, online learning was not eligible for PGWP application submission, but all of that has changed.
The Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced further steps on February 12, 2021, to ensure that foreign students do not lose opportunities after graduating due to the pandemic.
This new rule is announced as part of the government’s efforts to help international students. Temporary amendments to the PGWP program put in place earlier in the pandemic are being continued and expanded with the possibility of many foreign students continuing online learning from abroad for many more months.
These initiatives will benefit international students by ensuring that studies completed outside of Canada count towards a future PGWP application submission, and by enabling international students to complete their entire course online from abroad and remain eligible for a PGWP. These Measures shall apply to all foreign students who are enrolled in a PGWP-eligible program. In addition to this, they must meet all other PGWP requirements.
The new policy applies to all foreign students who meet the following criteria
- Enrol in a PGWP- eligible program
- a. Whose program began or will begin in any semester from spring 2020 to fall 2021 intakes
b. program was already is in progress in March 2020
- They must have study permit or applied for a study permit before the beginning of their course and are approved
- Comply with all other PGWP requirements
In order to allow foreign students to live permanently in Canada, the government has made considerable efforts. The foreign students bring good jobs and language skills, enhanced by their experience in Canadian education and work. They are generally well qualified to apply for permanent resident status.
More than 58,000 graduates applied successfully to permanently immigrate in 2019. Their preferences for living in Canada will help solve its major demographic challenges.
This new policy will assist more graduates to fill needs in the fields such as health care and technology and more. It will even help former international students to build their future in Canada.