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IRCC Announcement – Important new measures on post-graduation work permit eligibility

IRCC recently announced changes that provide more flexibility on eligibility rules for the Post- Graduation Work Permit Program for students who begin their studies online from overseas.

  • Students are now able to study online from abroad until April 30, 2021, with no time deducted from the length of a future post-graduation work permit, provided 50% of their program of study is eventually completed in Canada.
  • Students who have enrolled in a program that is between 8 and 12 months in length, with a start date from May to September 2020, will be able to complete their entire program online from abroad and still be eligible for a post-graduation work permit.
  • Students who have enrolled in a program with a start date from May to September 2020 and study online up to April 30, 2021, and who graduate from more than one eligible program of study, may be able to combine the length of their programs of study when they apply for a post-graduation work permit in the future, as long as 50% of their total studies are completed in Canada.

To be eligible for these measures, students must submit a study permit application no later than September 15, 2020 for programs with a fall start date. You can learn more about these new changes here