January 9, 2021

New Policy For International Students Affected By The Pandemic

Canada continues to design various policies to assist Canadian citizens and temporary residents affected by the pandemic.

The Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced that students who have or had a PGWP will have the opportunity to apply for an open work permit.

This open work permit will be valid for 18 months to allow former students to work in Canada and increase of obtaining the work experience they need to apply for permanent residence.

As announced on October 30, 2020, the Government of Canada plans to support Canada’s economic recovery through immigration. They have targeted at least 232, 500 newcomers in 2021 as attracting skilled professionals is part of their plan.

Allowing International students to obtain an open work permit will allow them to seek job opportunities and apply for permanent residency under the economic class. The government of Canada understands that international students “bring strong employment and language skills, bolstered by their Canadian education and work experience, so they are typically well positioned to apply for permanent resident status.”

The application process under this policy will be open from January 27 to July 27, 2021.

To apply for an Open Work Permit under the new policy, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Reside in Canada
  • you need to have a valid temporary status or be applying to restore your status.
  • you must have a PGWP that expired on or after January 30, 2020
  • or have a PGWP that expires in 4 months or less from the date of application.

We look forward to assisting all international students in this regard. If you have any questions, you can contact us at 416-827-5990 or email us at info@oroimmigration.com.

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