Canada announces new policy for former international students to stay and work

As the New Year kicks in, Canada is on a roll to introduce several immigrant-friendly policies and reforms. In this new edition of policies, Canada Immigration Minister announced that study visa holders who held or held PGWP will now have the opportunity to apply for the open work permit. This announcement is the direct result of Canada’s efforts to support international students through this challenging time.

As per the statistics, International students contribute over $21 billion annually to the Canadian economy that supports the communities’ vitality and robustness. However, the year 2020 faced many challenges for international students on the immigration front. Many Canada Student Visa holders of the post-graduation work permit (PGWP) experienced abrupt disruption and uncertainty of obtaining the work experience due to the pandemic. This work experience would have helped them meet all the requirements to apply for permanent residency in Canada.

The Canadian government has now understood the international students’ plight and introduced the new policy for the open work permit. Those foreign nationals in Canada who are affected by the pandemic with an expired PGWP or on the verge of expiring PGWP will have a unique chance to apply for another open work permit. The new open work permit will be valid for 18 months to allow the former international students to remain in Canada and attain the required work experience for Canada PR Visa.

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