Canada makes a major exception to Post-Graduation Work Permit requirements for international students taking online classes this fall.
Usually, online courses do not count towards the study requirements for the PGWP application. However, given Canada’s coronavirus travel restrictions, IRCC now allows international students to study online while abroad and are still eligible to apply for work permits after graduation.
New international students will be able to start their programs in Canada designated learning institution (DLI) is online in the fall of 2020 and completes up to 50 percent of the program while abroad, and then can still get a PGWP to work in Canada after completing their studies.
PGWP can be valid for up to three years, depending on the length of the international student program at DLI Canada. In announcing tonight’s reform, IRCC also noted that international students will not have time deducted from their PGWP length for the period they spent outside of Canada, until 31 December 2020.
In a hypothetical scenario, a new international student can start their program at DLI Canada online this coming fall, and still qualify for a PGWP for a maximum of three years while they arrive in Canada at the end of 2020 and complete an educational program qualification in DLI is at least two years in duration.
Why is this a big announcement
PGWP is highly coveted among Canadian international students because it allows them to work in Canada for up to three years after completing their studies. Such work experience gives them a big advantage when applying for federal and / or provincial immigration.
Under the federal government’s Express Entry application management system, for example, former international students are rewarded with additional points for their Canadian education and work experience. In addition to federal channels, various Provincial Candidate Program (PNP) streams also exist to help former international students transition to permanent residence.
This big announcement will encourage more international students to pursue them study in Canada this fall, instead of delaying their post-secondary education. The reason for this is that international students who want to eventually apply for Canadian immigration will want to take advantage of the opportunity to complete a portion of their studies in their home country, while still being able to access the same benefits if they are asked to study physically in Canada. Another major benefit is the cost of studying in Canada will decrease for them, because they do not need to pay additional living expenses at the start of their Canadian education.
The announcement will be a gift for Canada’s economy and work
Nonetheless, this policy reform must prove to be a boon to the Canadian economy because the tuition fees to be paid by international students will help support work as colleges and universities in Canada. In addition, international students will support economic activities in a number of ways once they arrive in Canada, through expenses, labor and taxes that they will pay as workers.
Before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 640,000 international students in Canada contributed $ 22 billion annually to the economy and supported around 170,000 Canadian jobs.
In addition, many of these students will eventually make the transition to permanent residence, which will help the Canadian economy in the long run because they will have main human capital characteristics which supports strong labor market outcomes from Canadian immigrants. These characteristics include young age, fluent in English and / or French, and have Canadian education, work experience, and social and professional connections.
In early April, IRCC first applied this measure to international students whose courses begin in May and June. The May 14 announcement is an extension for students who will start their semester in September.
Although international students who receive their study permit after March 18 still cannot come to Canada, New permits are still being processed and IRCC said they would notify new students when they could travel to Canada again.
International students must have completed a full-time program at least eight months in length at the designated learning institution in order to qualify for PGWP. Their study program must lead to a diploma, degree, or certificate. The length of the PGWP major depends on the length of the study program of students in Canada.
Canada will be more attractive to international students
Canada has proven to be one of them the most attractive destination in the world for international students in recent years due to the following reasons:
- Canada offers a very high quality of education;
- students and their partners and partners can work during and after their studies;
- Canada offers the opportunity to study and live in a British and / or French environment;
- Canada is a very safe country;
- Canada welcomes immigrants, international students, foreign workers, and visitors from around 200 countries every year;
- Canada is more affordable than other popular international student destinations, partly because of a weaker Canadian dollar; and
- there are more than 80 permanent fixed paths for international students; in 2018, nearly 54,000 former international students will have permanent Canadian residence.
This newly announced reform makes Canada increasingly attractive to international students.
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