IRCC Updates on Public-Private College Programs for International Students

Ottawa, March 22, 2024 – The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced important updates regarding post-graduation work permit eligibility for international students enrolled in programs offered through public-private partnerships. These changes, set to take effect on May 15, 2024 (instead of September 1, 2024), aim to clarify the conditions under which international graduates can qualify for work permits in Canada. Here’s what you need to know:

Key Changes Effective May 15, 2024:

  • Eligibility for Post-Graduation Work Permits: Starting May 15, 2024, international graduates from college programs delivered through public-private curriculum licensing arrangements will no longer be eligible for post-graduation work permits. This adjustment comes ahead of the previously announced September 1, 2024 date.

Impact on Students:

  • Current and Future Enrollments: Under the existing rules, students who have already commenced their programs before May 15, 2024, will retain their eligibility for post-graduation work permits. However, students planning to start their program in the summer semester of 2024 or later will be affected by this change, losing eligibility for post-graduation work permits upon graduation. Of course, this change will not affect those summer semesters that begin before May 15, 2024.

Options for Affected Students:

  • Transitioning to Public Institutions: Students currently enrolled in or considering enrollment in affected programs may explore transferring to programs at public institutions to remain eligible for post-graduation work permits.
  • Planning and Timing: Students must carefully plan their education path, ensuring their transition aligns with program start dates and maintaining valid immigration status throughout their studies.
  • Professional Advice: Affected students are encouraged to seek guidance from a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) or an immigration lawyer for personalized advice tailored to their specific circumstances and goals.

Additional Information:

  • Work Permit Alternatives: Graduates from these programs may still qualify for other types of work permits, such as those requiring an employer’s labour market impact assessment, particularly for occupations facing labour shortages in Canada.
  • List of Designated Learning Institutions: IRCC’s website indicates whether an institution’s graduates are eligible for post-graduation work permits. This list will be updated regularly with new information as it becomes available. Here is an example:
  • Collaboration with Provinces and Territories: IRCC will continue working closely with provincial and territorial governments to identify and update the programs affected by these changes.

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