Foreign students in Canada can now stay for up to six months after the government earlier this year announced changes to its popular Post-Graduation Work Permit Programme (PGWP).
The government, in an announcement earlier this year, doubled foreign graduates’ stay in Canada for up to 180 days from the prior 90 days upon their school’s issuance of their notice of graduation.
It also allowed for the removal of the requirement to have a valid study permit when applying for a PGWP.
Previously, study permits were issued to foreign students in Canada for the duration of the academic programme. With the amendments, this would effectively allow students more ample time to obtain documents needed without an expired permit.
“This is huge news for international graduates who are applying for a [PGWP],” David Cohen, senior partner at the Campbell Cohen Canadian immigration law firm in Montreal, was quoted as saying.
“Doubling the amount of time they have to apply and allowing them to do so beyond the expiration date on their study visa will make a world of a difference for students who want to stay and gain valuable Canadian work experience,” he added.
The Canada Post-Graduate Work Programme
The Canada Post-Graduate Work Programme (PGWP) is an open work permit that allows international students to stay and work in Canada for a maximum of three years after their studies are complete. To qualify, the study programme must be at least eight months long and meet other criteria.
One of its advantages is allowing foreign graduates to have a Canadian job offer at the time of application, to work in any occupation, and change employers anytime.
The could also be qualified for permanent residency through the Canadian Experience Class under the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), provided that they have skilled Canadian work experience in occupations rated skill level A or B or skill type 0 under Canada’s National Occupational Classification.
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