IRCC makes some changes to the rules for international students

IRCC has introduced two measures affecting international students, namely:

No more full-time work permit

The government had allowed international students to work full-time due to the economic impacts of COVID-19. However, they changed their position recently. Consequently, if you are currently studying in Canada on a full-time basis at a post-secondary program, you may only work up to 20 hours per week. Of course, you must hold a valid study permit and meet all other conditions. These changes took effect on August 31, 2020.

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Extended PGWP qualifications for online training

Many international students qualify for a special open work permit upon completing their studies in Canada. If you are not familiar with this opportunity, consider visiting the following link first:

The duration of a PGWP depends on the length of your studies. Thus, it is equivalent to the duration of your studies and up to three years. In the past, you had to study in person in Canada to qualify for PGWP. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, IRCC introduced a new measure. Under the new policy, you could apply for a study permit. If approved in principle, you could start studying online in Canada. However, your online studies could also count toward your PGWP qualifications.

A recent tweet by IRCC extended this measure. Consequently, when you start studying online without a study permit or even approval in principle, you may still use this duration toward PGWP.

Keep in mind, you need to apply for a study permit. Click here for more information.

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