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International Students Are Still Eligible for PGWP with Online Courses

International Students Can Study Online And Remain Eligible for the PGWP

Many international students and post-secondary institutions expressed concerns to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) about students’ eligibility for the Postgraduate Work Permit Program (PGWPP) in light of COVID-19.

Many schools have announced that students will return to their studies online for the Fall 2020 semester. This means that many international students will engage in distance learning. Some students will study online in Canada while others will study online from their home country.

Normally, online courses do not count toward the study requirement for a PGWP application. However, given coronavirus-related travel interruptions around the world, IRCC has made amendments to this restriction.

IRCC has stated that PGWPP eligibility will not be affected for international students whose fall 2020 courses will be online due to COVID-19. Students in this situation may begin their classes while outside Canada and complete up to 50% of their program via distance learning if they cannot travel to Canada sooner.

In addition, international students will not have time deducted from the length of a future post-graduation work permit for studies completed outside of Canada, up to December 31, 2020.

Students must still be registered at a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) to be eligible for the Postgraduate Work Permit Program.

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