International student graduates will no longer need to remain in Canada while their Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) is in process.
As of February 21, graduates who are eligible to work full time without a work permit will be able to maintain their ability to work legally in Canada even if they leave and re-enter the country.
International students must apply for their PGWP before their study permit expires in order to be allowed to work full time.
It can take upwards of 90 days for a PGWP decision to go through.
In order to work in Canada without a work permit, PGWP applicants must satisfy the following requirements:
If the federal government refuses the application for a work permit, the graduate must then stop working as soon as he or she is informed by the immigration ministry.
After completing a study program, certain international students may be eligible to stay and work in Canada with a PGWP.
If their application for a work permit is approved, international student graduates can work in Canada for a period of eight months to three years.
If the ultimate goal is to settle in Canada, work experience gained through a PGWP can greatly facilitate a graduate’s path to Canadian permanent residence through the Express Entry system.
Express Entry is an application management system for Canada’s three main economic class immigration programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, and Canadian Experience Class.
Immigration candidates who are eligible for an Express Entry-managed program are ranked according to factors deemed to determine their success in the Canadian labour force. A candidate’s age, official language proficiency, education, and work experience all go towards their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score.
Those with high CRS scores are more likely to be selected for an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence through regular Express Entry draws.
Canadian work experience is highly valuable towards a candidate’s overall CRS score.
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