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Changes to Rules for Post-Graduation Work Permit Announced by IRCC.

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February 20, 2024

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Ishita Soni

Changes in PGWP Canada

New Canada Post Graduation Work Permit Eligibility 2024

Canada has made important changes to the Post Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP) starting February 15, 2024. These changes are because the government sees that people with master’s degrees can be helpful in finding jobs in Canada.

Starting from September 1, 2024, students in certain programs won’t be able to get a PGWP anymore. Also, the rules for online learning and the time during which you can use a PGWP have been extended until August 31, 2024.

Here are some updates for the PGWPP in 2024 to make it better for graduates. These changes are important for students from other countries who want to study and work in Canada.

Updates to the Post Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP) in 2024.

Starting from February 15, 2024, students finishing a master’s program, no matter if it’s two years or less, can now get a three-year PGWP. This change is meant to help them transition into jobs in Canada more easily, improving their chances of becoming permanent residents.

Canada is making a strong effort to bring in and keep skilled people from all over the world, especially those with master’s degrees. This new program allows international students more time to explore job options and gain valuable work experience in Canada after they finish their studies.

How long does it take to get a PGWP?

If you apply for a work permit in Canada after studying, you can work while waiting for it to be processed, but you need to apply before your student permit expires. You have 180 days after finishing your studies to apply for the work permit. Also, you can now apply for the work permit even if you leave Canada after finishing your education.

Changes to Post-Graduation Work Permit in 2024.

The changes to the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program are bringing in a lot of new chances for international students who want to study and work in Canada.

These changes help Canada grow in a good way, make sure the program works well, and make it easier for students to find jobs after they graduate.

It is imperative to stay informed and comply with the revised eligibility criteria to maximize opportunities for academic and professional success in Canada.

A complete guide for students after graduation

Updates to Eligibility for Spousal Open Work Permits.

Changes are happening for spouses of international students in Canada who want work permits. Now, only partners of those studying for advanced degrees can get a work permit.”

“If the student is doing an advanced program like a master’s or doctorate, their partner can still get a work permit. But if the student is in a lower-level program, like a bachelor’s, their partner can only get a work permit once. This change is to match the partner’s work opportunities with the student’s education level, aiming to be fair and provide the right chances based on educational goals.

Who qualifies for a longer post-graduate work permit (PGWP)?

If you complete a two-year program or a master’s degree under two years in an approved school, you can get a three-year work permit. But from September 1, 2024, if your program is part of a licensing arrangement, you won’t be eligible for a work permit after finishing.

Can you get a work permit after finishing a program in a public-private partnership college?

  • International students currently enrolled will remain eligible for a PGWP if they meet other program eligibility criteria.

Who can’t get a work permit after finishing a public-private partnership college program?

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