Students: Online Courses in 2020 Counts Towards Your Post-Graduate Work Permit
MAR 31, 2021
NICKY VAN ZYL
International students who have enrolled in Canadian post-secondary institutions but had to start their courses online due to the COVID-19 pandemic won’t be penalized when they apply for the Post-Graduate Work Permit, according to new policy changes made by the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Students can rest easy knowing that the time they spend studying outside of Canada will now count towards their Post-Graduate Work Permit (PGWP). This new rule will continue to be in effect for the rest of 2020 as long as half of the study program is completed in Canada. You can continue your Canadian studies in 2020 without a study permit. As long as you are enrolled at a designated institution in Canada, and have applied for your study permit (even if your application is incomplete.) Once the travel ban is lifted, Canada will start processing your visa to travel to Canada. It’s important to apply for your study permit before 15 September 2020, to qualify for the unique exception. All in all, this news comes as a huge sigh of relief for hundreds of international students who depend on the Post-Graduate Work Permit as their golden ticket to a permanent future in Canada.