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  • PGWP Update for Students Outside of Canada

    Will taking courses online due to COVID-19 affect my eligibility for a post-graduation work permit (PGWP)?

    If you are inside Canada:

    You’re still eligible for the PGWP if:

    • your in-person classes in Canada have been moved to an online-only format and you are taking your classes online because of COVID-19, or
    • you had to put your studies on hold, or study part-time, during the winter, spring or summer 2020 semesters because of COVID-19

     As of the fall 2021 semester, you must be studying full-time to be eligible.

    If you are outside Canada,

    On February 12th, 2021 the Government of Canada announced that students will be able to complete 100% of their studies online from outside Canada. 

    To be eligible, you must:

    • Meet all the other PGWP requirements


    • Have been enrolled in a program that was in progress in March 2020, or
    • Have started or will start a program between spring 2020 and fall 2021,and
      • You have a study permit, or
      • You’ve been approved for a study permit,
      • You applied for a study permit before starting your study program
        • Your study permit must eventually be approved

    If you started your online studies outside Canada before you applied for a study permit, you may still be eligible for a PGWP. Only the time you spent studying online after your application was received will count toward the length of your PGWP.

    How much of your studies count toward a PGWP

    You can complete 100% of your studies online from outside Canada.

    All your time studying online outside Canada between spring 2020 and December 31, 2021, counts toward the length of a PGWP. This applies even if you’re completing 2 study programs.

    If you’re completing 2 study programs, you can finish 100% of your studies online if the programs were ongoing or started between March 2020 and fall 2021, and

    • both study programs are from an eligible DLI and are completed within 2 years
    • each program meets all PGWP eligibility requirements and is at least 8 months long

    The following time won’t count toward the length of a PGWP:

    • time spent studying outside Canada after December 31, 2021
    • time spent studying before you applied for a study permit

    Source: IRCC

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