Canada treats online learning valid to apply for PGWP

Canada gives a reason to cheer for its international students

Canada study work visa change

A major exception is considered by Canada to the Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) requirement for international students.

This relates to students who are taking online classes from Canada this fall.

The Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) on May 14, 2020, do not consider online classes as eligible for consideration for a PGWP application.

The COVID-19 situation with travel restrictions compelling students to take up online courses has been taken into consideration.

Now, international students can study online from outside Canada and still be eligible to apply for PGWP after their graduation.

New international students can now start with their overseas study programs in Canada. They can do it online at a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) approved by Canada, in fall 2020.

This will enable them to complete up to half of the program from outside Canada. They will still get the PGWP, which will allow them to work in Canada post their studies.

The maximum validity of PGWP is 3 years. The actual validity will depend on the study program’s length.

No time will be deducted for international students from the length of their PGWP for the time they have been outside Canada. This is applied until December 31, 2020.

PGWP is a very important permit for international students in Canada. It allows them to work in Canada for up to 3 years after their studies. It helps them gain a major advantage when they submit their immigration application.

This new measure is significant for the Canadian economy too. It will help avoid a slump in the demand for courses in Canada with new students. It will also retain the existing students, who will not lose any benefits while they learn online.

The tuition fees these students pay for their courses act as a major contributor to the country’s economy.

Further, when they work, they will again assist the economy with their spending, taxes, and labor.

This measure was first applied by IRCC in early April 2020. It was meant for international students who were due to start their courses in May and June.

The latest announcement will help apply this measure to students whose courses begin in September 2020.

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