IRCC Announced More Flexibility for The Post-Graduation Work Permit Program

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, Updates

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has recently announced that they are making changes to provide more flexibility on eligibility rules for the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP) for students who start their Canadian study program online from abroad.

These 3 new measures are being introduced:

  • Students may now study online from abroad until April 30, 2021. No time will be deducted from the length of a future post-graduation work permit, if 50% of their program of study is eventually completed in Canada.
  • Students who have enrolled in a program that is between 8 and 12 months in length, with a start date from May to September 2020, will be able to complete their entire program online from abroad and still be eligible for a post-graduation work permit.
  • Students who have enrolled in a program with a start date from May to September 2020 and study online up to April 30, 2021, and who graduate from more than one eligible program of study, may be able to combine the length of their programs of study when they apply for a post-graduation work permit in the future, as long as 50% of their total studies are completed in Canada.

To be eligible for these measures, students must have submitted a study permit application before starting a program of study in the spring, summer, or fall 2020 semester, or the January 2021 semester. All students must eventually be approved for a study permit.

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