Post study work visa – Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) provided an important update to reassure international students post-graduation work permit that they do not need to delay the start of their online program in the Fall 2020 intake and wait until a future term.
Important new measures on post-graduation work permit eligibility for students beginning programs online:-
Many prospective international students who would like to study in Canada this Fall are facing uncertainty due to travel restrictions. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada recognizes this, and will continue to ensure that Canada’s immigration programs are flexible to respond to these uncertainties with 3 new measures on Post-Graduation Work Permit eligibility for students beginning programs online.
These changes are being implemented to provide more flexibility on eligibility rules for the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program for students who need or want to start their Canadian study program online from abroad.
Students may now study online from abroad until April 30, 2021; with no time deducted from the length of a future post-graduation work permit; 50% program completed in Canada.
International students who have enrolled in a program that is between 8 and 12 months in length; with a start date from May to September 2020; will be able to complete their entire program online from abroad and still be eligible for a post-graduation work permit.
Students enrolled in a program with a start date from May to September 2020 study online up to April 30, 2021, and students who graduate from more than one eligible program, able to combine the length of their programs when they apply for a post-study work visa in the future, as long as 50% of their total studies completed in Canada.
To be eligible for these measures; students must have submitted a study permit application before starting a program of study in the Spring; Summer; or Fall 2020 semester; or the January 2021 semester. Eventually, the student will get a study permit.
The easing of COVID-19 related restrictions will depend on the progress made in Canada; around the world in containing the spread of the coronavirus. pandemic. IRCC will continue to monitor the situation and assess for further changes (if needed).
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