With COVID-19 in vogue, new measures have been introduced for applicants seeking employment through Post-Graduation Work Permit in Canada.
Post-Gradiation Work Permit (PGWP) is a program that helps you get open work permits for up to three years after graduating from a Canadian school, build your career in Canada, return to your home country, or proceed with immigration to Canada. PGWP helped so many students that there were students who deliberately started and graduated from Canada to receive this PGWP, so Canada had a lot of difficulty in applying for PGWP without abusing these benefits.
For example, if you completed the program part-time rather than full-time during the semester, you were not eligible to apply for PGWP, and you could not apply for PGWP if you graduated from other departments because there were schools or schools that could apply for PGWP. Also, it was not possible to apply for PGWP even if I completed online class. However, the above three measures have been implemented because the COVID-19 trend could affect the PGWP application.
The first measure now allows students to take classes online from abroad until April 30, 2021, and even if they take classes online from abroad, they will not affect PGWP. However, the next time you finish more than 50% of your studies in Canada after online classes, you will be able to meet the PGWP qualifications.
The second measure is that students who started classes between May and September 2020 can proceed and complete classes online, and then apply for PGWP.
However, the class period is only applicable for 8-12 months of the program. In other words, if you are a student enrolled in an 8-12 month program that begins between May and September 2020, you will be able to apply for PGWP the next time you take classes online.
The third last action is to allow PGWP to be approved by adding up all academic periods when a student who has started classes between May and September 2020 has completed an online class and has graduated from one or more programs. However, at this time, more than 50% of classes should have been completed in Canada. For example, if we started one program in August 2020 and completed another eight-month program in Canada by April 2021, we decided to approve PGWP based on the 16-month period of two eight-month programs.
The government's latest move comes as many international students are currently unable to enter Canada due to the recent covid-19 entry restrictions, forcing them to conduct online classes. Due to this measure, even if you complete the program through online classes, you will be able to open it so that you can apply for PGWP next time, which will help international students a lot.
Canada's Immigration Bureau announced that Canada's covid-19 related regulations will be eased based on coronavirus control in Canada and abroad, and said it will continue to keep an eye on Canadian and international conditions as it seeks further changes.