Canada PGWP for 8-12 month online May-Sep 2020 programs

Canada PGWP for 8-12 month online May-Sep 2020 programs

Canada will grant PGWP post graduation work permit (post study work visa) to international students starting between May and September 2020 who study 8 to 12 month programs fully online.

Many international students scheduled to start programs in Canada this year have been unable to do so due to COVID-19 travel restrictions and suspension of student visa services.

Earlier this year, IRCC had already 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 begin studies online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

With the statement yesterday, IRCC has confirmed that international students enrolled on 8 to 12 month programs can not only begin their courses online but also finish it online (pre-30 April 2021) whilst remaining eligible for the Canada PSW post study work visa, called the PGWP visa.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) noted: “Students enrolled in programs between 8 and 12 months in length that started during the spring, summer or fall terms (from May to September) of 2020 will be able to apply for a post-graduation work permit if they complete their entire program outside of Canada.”

Last month, Canada also confirmed that international students who receive approval in principle for their study permit can begin studying online and have that time count towards their PGWP eligibility.

PGWP available to those studying online beyond April 2021 if 50% studies done on campus in Canada

IRCC clarified that students who begin their long-term courses online this year can study online from anywhere until 30 April 2021 and be eligible for PGWP, provided that duration until April from now constituted just under 50% of the total length of the program.

The IRCC statement said: “Students can study online from abroad until April 30, 2021, without affecting their eligibility or the length of a future post-graduation work permit, provided they are able to complete at least 50% of their program in Canada.”

Additionally, those students who did multiple DLI-approved courses will be able to add the total duration of those courses for the purposes of claiming a PGWP visa.

IRCC said: “Students enrolled in a program with a start date from May to September 2020 who 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.”

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