The COVID-19 pandemic has had important impacts on international education. Travel and health restrictions that have been put in place have prompted many designated learning institutions to begin offering their courses online, and to consider how they will approach the beginning of classes in September 2020.
As a result, students may want to know what impacts this might have on their eligibility for the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP).
Under the standard processing guidelines for the PGWPP, an international student graduating from an eligible designated learning institution may be eligible for a work permit if the graduate has:
Additionally, any time spent studying towards a Canadian credential outside of Canada is deducted from the assessment of the length of the work permit.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has sought to provide clarity on the impacts of distance learning for students’ eligibility for the PGWPP through 2 separate temporary policy changes.
Recently, IRCC has announced further temporary policy changes:
For more information, please see the Government of Canada’s official website.