Canada has now extended the period that international students will be allowed to study online for PGWP until August 31, 2022, up from December 31, 2021. The country had earlier allowed international students to do 100% of their studies online and still get a Post Graduation Work Permit (PGWP).
This move was made in 2020 to let international students affected by the pandemic still be eligible for the PGWP. The rule will apply to students even if they are completing two study programs as long as the programs started or going on between March 2020 and Summer 2022.
The study programs must be offered by an eligible Designated Learning Institution (DLI) and meet other PGWP requirements. The shortest eligible length of a program is eight months.
The time spent on studying outside Canada post-August 31, 2022 and any time spent before applying for a study permit would not be counted toward the length of a PGWP.
In case the study program was more than eight months and less than two years, the PGWPs validity matches the length of the program. If it was more than two years, the PGWPs validity may go up to three years. The length f the program is crucial for the PGWP eligibility and also in determining how long the PGWP will remain valid.
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The PGWP is an open work permit, meaning, an international student can work for any employer in any occupation in Canada. This is a one-time provision, that cannot be renewed or extended.