Canada is a highly attractive option for international students

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According to a recent study by IDP Education, Canada is a highly attractive option for international students, with over 25% of survey respondents selecting it over other major destination countries like the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom. Post-study work is a key factor for 63% of students globally, with 72% saying they would apply for a work visa after graduation. 

The availability of post-study work visas is a major consideration for 61% of students intending to study in Canada, with even higher percentages for Nigerian, Vietnamese, and Ghanaian students.

63% of the 20,000 students whose completed part in the survey believe working after graduation is the primary determinant of where they decided to pursue their education, and 72% mentioned they would apply for a work visa after they graduated.


The survey showed that 61% of students who intended to study in Canada gave the availability of the post-study work visa significant consideration, with the exception of both the largest markets of India and China. This increased to 63% for students from Nigeria, 75% for students from Vietnam, and 58% for students from Ghana.

Christine Wach, IDP Connect’s director of client partnerships for North America, is quoted in the report. Students “see Canada as a welcoming, affordable, and safe place to study with good job opportunities available upon graduation,” the researcher stated, using the survey findings.”

In addition, the study found that 53% of students place a high priority on job opportunities after graduation when selecting a location. Other research findings showed that 43% of students were seeking part-time job options while studying, and 61% of students claimed that receiving a high-quality education played a role when making their choice.

During the academic year, foreign students studying in Canada are permitted to work up to 20 hours per week without requiring a work permit. If students return to full-time study the following semester, they are allowed to work full-time during the winter and summer holidays. According to the study, 81% of respondents were either already working or intended to work part-time while they were in university.

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Post-graduation work permits an overview

Students who have graduated from authorized Canadian designated learning institutions (DLIs) are eligible for the Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) Program, allowing them to get an open work permit and achieve valuable Canadian work experience. Graduates can become eligible for permanent residence in Canada through the Canadian experience class in Express Entry by acquiring skilled Canadian work experience in TEER categories 0, 1, or 3 through the PGWP Program.

Depending on how long the international student’s program of study is, PGWPs are a one-time-use permit that is valid for up to three years.


Canada Extends PGWPs of International Graduates to Work in Canada for Longer

On March 17, 2023, Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), announced that international graduates with expired or expiring post-graduation work permits (PGWP) could apply for an additional work permit for up to 18 months. 

Starting April 6, 2023, PGWP holders who want to stay in Canada longer and those whose PGWPs have already expired in 2023 will be eligible for a new permit. Foreign nationals who have exceeded the 90-day restoration period will also be able to restore their status and receive interim work authorization. 

Foreign nationals who were eligible for the 2022 PGWP facilitative measure and whose PGWP had already expired in 2023 will also be eligible to apply for an additional 18-month work permit. Even if the 90-day restoration period ends, those who have expired work permits are able to obtain their status restored. They will additionally receive an interim work authorization while waiting for their new work permit application to be processed.

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