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September 12, 2022

Overseas Online Students Are Still Eligible For PGWP

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is permitting international students to undertake their courses online for another year and still qualify for a Post-Graduate Work Permit (PGWP) later.

Per the IRCC, the distance learning measures have been extended to 31 August 2023, but they are being reduced in scope.

As the IRCC transitions back to pre-pandemic requirements, they are encouraging international students to come back to Canada. A transition period is available for those who may need some time to do so.

International students studying online from overseas or who submit a study permit application till 31 August 2022 will continue to be able to complete up to 100 percent of their program online without any adverse effects on their eligibility for PGWP.

After that, study time completed from overseas starting on 1 September 2023, will be subtracted from the length of their PGWP, irrespective of when they began their studies.

The extension of temporary distance learning measures will impact those starting programs from 1 September 2022 to 31 August 2023.

Under these actions, no more than 50 percent of the credits earned can be completed outside Canada to stay eligible for a PGWP.

Ottawa’s last attempt to save the school year of many international students who will probably not get their study permits before the start of the school year comes approximately a week after India pressured the Canadian government to reduce study permit processing times.

India, which is the biggest source of new permanent residents to Canada, called on Ottawa to help Indian international students so they can learn in Canadian colleges and universities this autumn.

The High Commission of India stated in an advisory that in recent years, Canada has risen as a priority destination for Indian students for post-secondary education. Presently, more than 230,000 students from India registered in post-secondary institutions in Canada are making a positive contribution to the Canadian economy, including through around $4 billion (American dollars) in tuition fees.

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