Canadian Government has announced changes in its Post-Graduation Work Permit or PGWP program. According to the new changes, Overseas Students will have 6 months to apply for the PGWP. Also, they no longer need to have a valid Study Permit to apply for the same.
The changes were announced on February 14. The amount of time has been doubled in this enhanced PGWP program. Earlier it was 90 days, as quoted by CIC News. Now it has been extended to 180 days.
Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship (IRCC) has stated the reason for bringing these changes to the PGWP program. Overseas Students should have adequate time to obtain the required documents to apply for PGWP. Earlier they had to worry about an expired Study Permit. That used to create added stress. The IRCC plans to eliminate that, thus easing the process for Overseas Students.
This is huge news for Overseas Students planning to apply to PGWP. They can now stay in Canada for 6 months and attain the Canadian Work Experience. The PGWP program lets Overseas Students live and work in Canada for up to 3 years. The study program or degree course must be at least 8 months long for them to be eligible.
Overseas Students can apply to PGWP without having any Canadian job offer. It’s an open Work Permit. Overseas Students can work in any profession in Canada. They can also change employers at any time. IRCC confirmed that these students can attain the Canada PR through the Canadian Experience Class program.
The Canadian Experience Class is one of the most popular Immigration Programs in Canada. It’s managed by the Express Entry System. Overseas Students can avail of this program if they get PGWP. Work experience in skill level A or B or type O in the Occupational Classification list can get them the Canada PR.
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