Canada – The academic superpower bows to the pandemic!

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Changes in Canadian study and work visa, following the C19 pandemic.

The Covid-19 pandemic has been the reason for many changes in rules & regulations across the globe. A lot of which, have been very radical.

Canada is making a significant change to its Post Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) rules for international students, who would want to join this Fall. These adjustments in Visa rules, mutually beneficial for all – the international students, the universities, and the Canadian economy – are a sign of the times to come. It also exemplifies the kind of evolution Canada is open to, which makes it an even more attractive study and work destination.

Students, like all others who need to travel, are currently apprehensive traveling to their study destination. Therefore, the new permit rules allow students to begin their program online, and complete up till the first semester while being away from Canada, as long as it is up till December 31, 2020. Post that, they will still be eligible to obtain the PGWP to work in Canada after completing their studies.

It is also worth noting that unlike the norm, now international students will not have time deducted from the length of their PGWP for the period they spent outside Canada, up to December 31, 2020.

The PGWP enables international students to gain work experience in Canada, post completion of their educational program within Canada. It is a highly coveted permit, since it allows international students to work in Canada, for up to three years after completion of their studies.

Such a major announcement is a big step to encourage international students to pursue their studies in Canada this Fall, instead of deferring their post-secondary education. This newly announced reform makes Canada an even more attractive destination for international students. Read (link: Study in Canada) for details on why Canada is the perfect destination for higher education.

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February 14, 2021


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