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Foreign students in P3 Programs can’t get Post-Graduation Work Permits anymore!

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May 22, 2024

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Ishita Soni

Foreign student is now not eligible for PGWP

International students in certain programs (P3s) can’t get a work permit after they finish studying anymore

As of May 15, changes to post-graduation work permit (PGWP) eligibility for international students at public-private partnerships (PPPs) colleges in Canada are in effect. Originally set for September 1, 2024, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has fast-tracked these new rules. This aligns with educational institutions’ adaptations to their fall admissions, prompted by the IRCC’s January 2024 changes. Consequently, starting May 15, 2024, foreign students in public-private curriculum licensing partnership programs are ineligible for PGWPs. This article outlines the updated PGWP eligibility criteria now in place.

PGWP Ineligibility for International Students in Public-Private Partnerships

International students completing a course at a designated learning institution (DLI) under a curriculum licensing agreement, like a P3 or public-private partnership, can no longer get post-graduation work permits (PGWPs). Previously, those in programs at private colleges overseen by public institutions might have been eligible for PGWPs. However, starting May 15, 2024, students in these programs at public-private partnership educational institutions won’t qualify for PGWPs anymore.

Canada has changed the rules of its post-graduation work permit for international students - The Economic Times

Furthermore, international students starting their study program on or before January 31, 2023, at a public-private partnership educational institution representing a public college from another province will be ineligible for PGWPs. Similarly, new international students beginning one of these programs after February 1, 2023, cannot apply for PGWPs.

Criteria for Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) Eligibility

After completing their studies at a designated learning institution (DLI) in Canada eligible for post-graduation work permits (PGWPs), international students can apply for one. Throughout their program, they must have been full-time students each semester. Additionally, they need a study permit that has been valid for the last 180 days.

As per the IRCC official website, a student must also be in one of the below situations to meet the official PGWP eligibility criteria.

Date Draw Type Number of ITAs Minimum CRS
June 19Provincial Nominee Program1,499663
May 31Canadian Experience Class3,000522
May 30Provincial Nominee Program2,985676
April 24French proficiency1,400410
April 23General2,095529
April 11STEM occupations4,500491
April 10General1,280549
March 26French language proficiency1,500388
March 25General1,980524
March 13Transport occupations975430
March 12General2,850525
February 29French language proficiency2,500336
February 28General1,470534
February 16Agriculture and agri-food occupations150437
February 14Healthcare occupations3,500422
February 13General1,490535
February 1French language proficiency7,000365
January 31General730541
January 23General1,040543
January 10General1,510546

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