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International Students – Complete your entire program from your country of residence

As Canada goes through the second wave of this pandemic, which is having an impact on the economy, the government of Canada has adapted its public policy for international students.

As of February 12th 2021, all eligible international students can now complete 100% of their Canadian program remotely from their country of residence and still be eligible for a post graduate work permit. Prior to this, applicants could only complete 50% of a program remotely to still be entitled to a post graduate work permit.

Who does this apply to?

This new policy applies to all international students who fall under the below categories:

  • Are enrolled in a PGWP-eligible program;
  • Began, or will begin, a program in any semester from spring 2020 to fall 2021, or whose program was already in progress in March 2020;
  • Have a study permit or approval for a study permit, or applied for a study permit prior to starting their program and are eventually approved;
  • meet all other PGWP criteria.

What does this mean for international students?

The passing of this new public policy makes gaining a Canadian credential even more attainable. One major advantage of studying remotely, outside of Canada is that you will no longer need to demonstrate you have sufficient funds to live in Canada for the duration of your studies. Applicants would previously need to show upwards of $10,000CAD to cover living expenses alone. If your presence is not required in Canada to undertake your studies, this is no longer necessary.

After you have completed your studies remotely, outside of Canada, you can then apply for a post graduate work permit, to gain valuable Canadian work experience. A post graduate work permit (PGWP) is generally granted for the same duration as the length of Canadian studies to a maximum of 3 years.

How Does this Policy Help Canada?

Due to this pandemic, the most pressing industries include health care and technology. Naturally, there are more, however the underlying message with this new and updated public policy is that Canada wants international students, studying in all industries, to be able to settle down upon completion of their program.

Canada needs international students to contribute to the recovery of its economy be it short term or long term.

This new policy means that students hoping to work in Canada after graduation won’t miss out on opportunities, while ensuring that Canada meets the urgent needs of our economy for today and tomorrow. Our message to international students and graduates is simple: We don’t just want you to study here, we want you to stay here.

—The Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, P.C., M.P., Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
Nadia Bhuptani

Nadia Bhuptani is the Director of the International Student Department at Canadim Law Firm. She has helped people come to Canada to study and thereafter immigrate to Canada.

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