International students studying online eligible for Canada post study work visa

International students studying online eligible for Canada post study work visa

Canada has announced that international students who have to study online due to the Coronavirus outbreak will be eligible for the post study work visa.

The IRCC announced 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.

The PGWP provides international students with an opportunity to remain in Canada for work experience, which would contribute towards an application for permanent residence.

This will be a huge relief for students whose courses may otherwise have been affected by the travel restrictions imposed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

These students, who were due to start their studies this May or June, can now prepare for their course in Canada by starting their programmes online.

This measure applies to international students who would be prevented by the COVID-19 global travel restrictions from travelling to Canada in time to start their course in person.

Canada okays 50% online threshold for post study work visa eligibility

The government of Canada has allowed international students unable to travel to Canada due to the Coronavirus outbreak to retain their study visa with up to 50% online studies.

The Canadian government has announced a series of new measures which significantly benefit international students.

These emergency response measures include permitting incoming international students to complete up to 50% of their course online.

CICan welcomes measures and says it brings ‘clarity’

Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) released a response statement to this update and, although they expressed their relief with these new measures, they stressed that Canada’s higher education institutions are still facing considerable uncertainty.

“These are exceptional circumstances and we appreciate this flexibility. Important decisions regarding the Spring/Summer intake can now be made with some clarity.

“We know, however, that many questions remain and that, in some ways, the clarity that this guidance brings is incomplete for many institutions and students.

“We are all faced with a high degree of uncertainty as to the duration of this pandemic and as to what the impacts will be in different countries at different times.

“While our hope is that students can transition to Canada, or begin new programs in the fall, we will continue to ask for flexibility should the situation not improve and students remain unable to travel to Canada for reasons beyond their control.”

Last month, we had reported that Canada had put in place special measures to help study permit applicants from China, Iran and South Korea, whose application processes have been hindered by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Pic: Agus Dietrich

Josephine Walbank - Reporter, Global Education Times (GET News)

Josephine Walbank is a reporter for Global Education Times (GET News) with a focus on education in the UK, Asia-Pacific, and Americas, and student experience and lifestyle news.

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