Canada PGWP nod for Fall 2020 foreign students studying online
Foreign students enrolled with institutions in Canada from Fall 2020 who are unable to travel and forced to study online due to the Coronavirus outbreak will be eligible for the PGWP post-study work scheme.
A statement issued by Canada’s IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) yesterday confirmed that the post-graduation work permit programme (PGWP) will be available to international students who have enrolled with post-secondary institutions in the country for the Fall 2020 semester, but are forced to commence studies online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The PGWP provides international students with an opportunity to remain in Canada for work experience, which would contribute towards an application for permanent residence.
Eligible institutions can start Fall 2020 semester programme delivery online as normal
Eligible designated learning institutions (DLIs) in Canada will now be able to commence delivery of their Fall 2020 classroom programmes online as normal without affecting their foreign students’ ability to access the PGWP post-study work permits upon graduation.
The IRCC statement said: “PGWPP eligibility will not be affected for international students whose fall 2020 courses will be online due to COVID-19.
“This is in line with guidance provided to students already studying in Canada or whose program had a spring or summer start date.”
Many international students enrolled at universities in Canada for programmes starting in late-2020 have expressed concern regarding their inability to travel during the pandemic and the effect that will have on their eligibility for the PGWP program.
With this move, Canada has now enabled foreign students to pursue up to 50% of their courses online without affecting PGWP eligibility.
IRCC added: “Students in this situation may begin their classes while outside Canada and complete up to 50% of their program via distance learning if they cannot travel to Canada sooner.
“In addition, they will not have time deducted from the length of a future post-graduation work permit for studies completed outside of Canada, up to December 31, 2020.”
Canada PGWP via online study already available for most early-2020 foreign students
Last month, IRCC confirmed that that international students who are having to resort to online study for the next few months, will continue to be eligible for the Canadian Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) Programme visa.
This was meant for students unable to enter Canada in Spring or Summer 2020, which has now been extended for the 2020-21 autumn (Fall) intakes.
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