Foreign international students who want to remain in Canada on post-graduation work permit now have six months to apply after obtaining their notice of graduation and are no longer required to have a valid study permit. The Canadian government announced the changes along with other modifications to its popular Post-Graduate Work Permit (PGWP) program. The extension for applying the visa program has been doubled from 90 days to 180 days.
The other modification is the removal of the valid study permit after international graduation to apply for a PGWP.
The Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship (IRCC) says study permit will be valid ‘at some point' during the 180 days that graduates now have to submit their PGWP application.
“This is huge news for international graduates who are applying for a post-graduation work permit,” said David Cohen, senior immigration agent.
A post-graduation work permit is an open work permit allowing international graduates of eligible Canadian designated learning institutes to stay and work in Canada for up to three years after the completion of their studies.
To become eligible for PGWP, an applicant study programs must be at least eight months long and meet other specified criteria. An applicant does not require any Canadian job offer at the time of application.
The international student with Canadian Work experience can apply for Express Entry program Canada under the Canadian Experience Class Program. The program is one of the three Federal Skilled programs managed under Canada's Express Entry System.
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