Canada has just announced three major measures to help people who want to pursue education and employment opportunities in Canada.
In a press release just posted on its website, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) introduced the following three new measures on Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) eligibility for international students continuing their Canadian educational programs online due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The PGWP is highly coveted among people who want to study in Canada. Once a student has completed an eligible program at a designated Canadian educational institution (eg, a university or college), they may earn a PGWP for up to three years. The ultimate duration of the PGWP depends on how long the person has studied at a Canadian DLI.
The PGWP allows these former international students to go on to work for any Canadian employer. Former students who wish to become permanent residents of Canada seek to use the work experience they gain to improve their chances of immigrating to Canada.
Gaining Canadian work experience may make people eligible for certain immigration pathways, such as the Express Entry Canadian Experience Program. It can also provide them with additional points as part of Express Entry’s comprehensive ranking system.
Due to the pandemic and current travel restrictions in Canada, many international students are unable to enter Canada at this time. This has been problematic for several reasons. One of those reasons is that before the pandemic, distance education could not count for PGWP eligibility.
That changed shortly after the pandemic when IRCC made a series of announcements to allow e-learning to count towards PGWP eligibility. The last major announcement came in May when IRCC said e-learning obtained through December 31, 2020, could be considered when applying for a PTPD.
To be eligible for these measures, students must have applied for a study permit before starting a study program in the spring /summer /fall 2020 semester or for the January 2021 semester. Students may need to be approved for a study permit.
IRCC concluded its press release by saying that Canadian restrictions on COVID-19 will be relaxed based on progress in Canada and abroad to contain the spread of the coronavirus. IRCC will continue to monitor Canadian and international situations while exploring further changes.
Reference is taken from CIC News
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