IRCC implemented the new Changes to the PGWP

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new Changes to the PGWP

As of February 15, 2024, the Government of Canada implemented new Changes to the PGWP. From this date forward, students who have completed a master’s degree program, even under two years, can qualify for a 3-year PGWP, provided they meet all other eligibility criteria. 

However, starting September 1, 2024, students enrolled in curriculum licensing agreement programs will no longer be eligible for a PGWP. In addition, the special measures for distance learning and PGWP validity have been extended until August 31, 2024.

Details of the new Changes to the PGWP

One of the most prominent modifications pertains to the duration of PGWPs for master’s degree graduates. Previously, the length of the permit was contingent on the duration of the study program, with a maximum allowance of three years. However, under the new guidelines, even students who have completed a master’s degree program spanning less than two years can now qualify for a 3-year PGWP, provided they fulfill all other eligibility requirements. This expansion opens doors for a broader spectrum of graduates, empowering them with extended opportunities to explore and secure employment in Canada post-graduation.

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On the flip side, beginning September 1, 2024, students enrolled in curriculum licensing agreement programs will face a setback as they will no longer be eligible for a PGWP. This change underscores the importance of staying informed about evolving regulations and making strategic decisions regarding academic pursuits and career aspirations.

Furthermore, in response to the evolving landscape of education amidst the global pandemic, the government has extended special measures for distance learning and PGWP validity until August 31, 2024. This extension acknowledges the ongoing challenges faced by students and institutions alike, ensuring continued support and flexibility in navigating the uncertainties brought about by the pandemic.

The recent adjustments to the PGWP program by the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) mark a significant milestone in facilitating pathways for international students to contribute to Canada’s workforce and economy. While these changes present new opportunities for some, it’s crucial for students and stakeholders to remain vigilant and adapt to the evolving regulatory landscape to make informed decisions about their academic and professional journeys. Stay updated, stay informed, and seize the opportunities that lie ahead.

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