New Measures for Post-Graduation Work Permit Eligibility

The Canadian government has made three changes to post-graduation work permit (PGWP) eligibility for students beginning their studies online.

  • Students may now study online from abroad until April 30th, 2021 with no time deducted from the length of a future PGWP, provided 50% of their program of study is eventually completed in Canada.
  • Students who have enrolled in a program that is between eight months and one year in length with a start date between May and September 2020 will be able to complete their entire program online from abroad and still be eligible for a PGWP.
  • Students who have enrolled in a program with a start date between May and September 2020 and study online up to April 30th, 2021, and who graduate from more than one eligible program of study, may be able to combine the length of their programs of study when they apply for a PGWP in the future, as long as 50% of their total studies are 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. All students must eventually be approved for a study permit.


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