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Posted on May 25 2020

Study and work in Canada for your PR visa

By  Editor
Updated April 03 2023
Study and work in Canada for your PR visa

Getting a PR visa to Canada has become more competitive lately with more candidates vying for permanent residency in the country. Since the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) ranks immigration candidates against each other, getting the Invitation to Apply (ITA) for the PR visa becomes difficult.

One way to improve your chances to get a Canada PR is to choose the educational pathway or choose Canada to study abroad.

Educational pathway for Canada PR

PR applicants are evaluated on various criteria such as age, skills, education, age and work experience.

If a candidate decides to study in Canada, he will gain points in three areas-language, education and work experience and additional points if he is young. Education in Canada can give valuable points for various immigration streams such as Express Entry or PNP streams.

Students are also allowed to work up to 20 hours per week while pursuing their course which helps them gain valuable Canadian work experience and add points to their CRS score.

Studying in Canada will help you get familiar with the culture, people and language (English/French) which will help your social integration once you become a permanent resident.

Benefits of Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP)

Apart from providing one of the best facilities to international students, a recent policy adopted by the government allows students who begin their course online in the fall of 2020 to obtain their Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) after their studies are over.

The PGWP helps foreign students obtain job experience in Canada after completing their course of study at a designated learning institute (DLI). The PGWP is valid for three years, depending on the study program's duration.

Online classes are not normally considered for a PGWP application but due to the travel restrictions imposed by the Coronavirus pandemic, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)  is now allowing international students to study online in their country and still be eligible to apply for a work permit after graduation.

Under this new regulation, in the fall of this year, students will be able to start their online programs at Canadian universities and complete up to 50 percent of their program abroad, and then receive their PGWP to work in Canada after completing their studies.

So, in the fall of this year, an international student can start his course and be eligible for a three-year PGWP provided he will be coming to Canada by December 2020.

With the PGWP students for work for any employer, they wish after finishing their studies. Apart from this the spouse or partner of international students can get an open work permit to work in the country.

Apart from the CRS points students will gain for their PR visa application by studying in Canada, the work experience they gain with the PGWP will also work in their favor. They will get more points for Canadian work experience than other foreign work experience.

Studying in Canada not only provides the best quality of education to international students but also provides them a valuable pathway to apply for a PR visa



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