The Canadian government has introduced new measures to assist international students who have recently graduated from a Canadian university or post-secondary institution. This year has been incredibly difficult for many people, and the Immigration, Refugee Council of Canada (IRCC) recognizes the hard work put in by all international students to reach their graduation. The measures have been instituted into the Post Graduate Work Permit (PGWP) and will make the transition of study to working life in Canada significantly easier for our recent graduates. After all, we want you to secure a job in Canada and become permanent residents as soon as possible, but more on that here.
3 New PGWP Measures for 2020
Students can complete up to 50% of their studies online. This is for international students who returned to their home countries and are continuing their courses via online learning. This measure will remain in place until April 31st, 2021.
Students who are enrolled in a minimum 8-12 month program and who began their studies abroad via online classes between May and September 2020 will be allowed to complete their entire course online and still be eligible for the PGWP.
Students who began one or more courses abroad with a start date between May and September 2020 will be allowed to combine the length of their courses to apply for a PGWP, granted the studies run up until April 2021 and at least 50% of the studies are completed in Canada.
The Post Graduate Work Permit
One of the best ways to start not only your new life but also your application for permanent residency in Canada is by securing your PGWP. This work permit is attainable by graduating from a designated Canadian post-secondary institution and is valid for three years.
Employers can hire you for any length of time without a Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), which makes becoming a Canadian resident and securing a good job that much easier. You can apply for permanent residency directly after graduation, in which case you may require an LMIA as part of your application, or you can accumulate two years of experience working in Canada and then apply to the Canada Experience Class immigration program under the Express Entry system.
One of the best and most secure pathways to permanent residency in Canada is to study in Canada. And with the Canadian government making it more and more accessible to study online and receive your PGWP, it’s kind of a no brainer. The PGWP allows ample time to work and it shows the Canadian government that not only are you an educated person but also hard-working and willing to contribute effectively to a thriving economy. These are the traits Canada is looking for in foreigners who wish to become permanent residents of Canada.
The earning potential is also a lot higher with a qualification. The average salary for someone working in Canada with a bachelor's degree is $72,955, which is 31% more than those who only have a high school diploma as their highest level of education.
How We Can Help You
If you are interested in immigrating to Canada by studying at a designated learning institution, the first thing you will need to do is get accepted to one. You also need to be eligible for Canadian immigration. Figuring all of this out is where our talented RCIC’s come into the picture.
As an official immigration service, we offer guidance and assistance through the entire Canadian immigration process. Our certified RCICs (Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants) are extremely knowledgeable in all Canadian immigration policies and are permitted by the Canadian government to liaise with them on the applicant's behalf. All candidates will first be evaluated to see whether or not they can apply for one of 100 immigration programs, visas, and streams. Once we know which options you can apply for, you can then confidently select your preferred immigration program and your designated consultant will ensure that all your documents are completed accurately and submitted on time.
When you apply for Canadian permanent residency with our services you essentially remove all the stress and complications from the immigration process, and with our high success rate you can rest assured that your application is in good hands as choosing where and what you want to study in Canada.
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