The Canadian government has announced that newly-graduated international students who wish to extend their stay in Canada no longer need to present a valid study permit when applying for the Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP). In addition, they have been given 180 days to apply for a PGWP, instead of the previous 90-day requirement with a valid study permit.
According to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), the study permit doesn’t have to be valid for the duration of the 180 days that graduates now have to submit their PGWP application. However, the two important requirements for application are the graduate’s transcript and the official letter from the eligible designated learning institution (DLI). EduCo’s Acsenda School of Management and Arbutus College are both eligible DLIs.
IRCC’s post-graduation work permit program
Under the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program, international graduates are not required to present a job offer from a Canadian employer when lodging their application which may grant them an open work permit for up to three years.
The length of stay, however, is dependent on the duration of the study program. International students who have completed more than eight months of study will be eligible to stay for the same number of months up to two years. For those who have graduated from a degree of two years or more, they will be eligible to stay for a maximum of three years. International students who completed more than one eligible program may combine the length of each program and be allowed to apply for the same PGWP duration provided that each program is at least an 8-month program. Full details of the eligibility requirements can be found here.
“Canada’s student-friendly work and immigration policies are a welcome news for our international students,” says Scott Robertson, EduCo’s SVP for Canada Operations. “This latest development reduces the stress on new graduates who are applying for the post-graduation work permit.”