Distance learning is extended until December 2023 by IRCC

Distance learning is extended until December 2023 by IRCC

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IRCC updated that Students who started or will start PGWP-eligible programs between September 1, 2022, and December 31, 2023, will be subject to new temporary policy modifications for Distance learning .

For the following student groups, temporary policy amendments have been made to the eligibility requirements for post-graduation work permits (PGWPs) due to the unprecedented effects of COVID-19 on international students and the post-secondary sector:

Students who started PGWP-eligible programs between March 2020 and August 31, 2022 Students enrolled in PGWP-eligible programs in progress as of March 2020

The Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP) has temporary policy adjustments that are intended to make it easier to issue open work permits to PGWP holders who have previously held them or who now possess them. These students must fulfill one of the following criteria in order to be qualified for these temporary policy adjustments (referred to as “full facilitation measures”) to the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP):

  • have a study permit
  • have had a study permit application approved have applied for a study permit prior to starting their program and had it approved

When calculating the length of the PGWP, time spent studying at a designated learning institution (DLI) while outside of Canada is only taken into account once the department has received the study permit application. Therefore, the amount of time the student spent studying prior to the IRCC receiving the study permit application should be subtracted from the PGWP’s duration. A PGWP is given for a minimum of 8 months, so keep that in mind. As a result, if a student only completes 7 months of coursework after submitting a study permit application, they are not qualified for a PGWP. Before beginning their studies, students need apply for their study permits.

Students who enrolled in programs after August 31, 2022 are not subject to these temporary policy adjustments (full facilitation measures).


consult the Distance learning section for more information


What is a Post graduation work permit (PGWP)?

Students who have graduated from qualified Canadian designated learning institutions (DLIs) are allowed to apply for an open work visa through the Post-Graduation Work visa (PGWP) Program, which enables them to get worthwhile Canadian work experience.

employment Market Impact Assessments are not required for post-graduation employment authorizations. They are classified as open and have the C43 code.

As with all open work permits, graduates can work after graduation with a post-graduation permit.

  • Work full-time
  • part-time
  • or on your own

Depending on how long the study program was, a post-graduation work visa could be granted for a minimum of 8 months or a maximum of 3 years.

Officers may take into account the length of the program of study in Canada when assessing the length of a post-graduation work permit and confirm it with supporting documentation. Regular breaks should be counted toward the total time needed for the post-graduation work permit, such as scheduled winter and summer breaks.

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