Starting from fall 2020, international students will be eligible for the Post-Graduation Work Permit in Canada (PGWP) even if their studies begin online.
The PGWP enables international students to gain Canadian work experience after completing their educational program at a Canadian designated learning institution (DLI).
The announcement, which was issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), is important for prospective university applicants who are planning their education in the country. In light of protective measures against the Covid-19 outbreak, some university and business school programs have already decided to start the next academic year off campus. Even if this is the case, international students will be able to complete up to 50% of their program while abroad and then still be able to obtain the PGWP to work in Canada after graduation.
Are you eligible for PGWP?
International students must have completed a full-time program lasting at least eight months at a DLI. Their study program must have led to a diploma, degree, or certificate. The ultimate length of the PGWP depends on the length of the student’s program of study in Canada.
A new international student can begin their program at a Canadian DLI online this coming fall, and still be eligible for a PGWP for the maximum three years so long as they arrived in Canada by the end of 2020 and completed a qualifying educational program at a DLI of at least two years’ duration.
Although international students who received their study permit after 18 March are still not able to come to Canada, new permits are still being processed. IRCC says they will notify new students as to when they are able to travel to Canada again.
Source: CIC News