Work permit extended to international students in Canada

International students in Canada will be able to stay longer thanks to the new temporary policy.

Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), announced that recently graduated international students whose work permits have expired or are about to expire will be able to stay in Canada longer.

The measure will benefit international students who are in Canada and have a work permit (PGWP) that expires between January and December 2022.

The additional open work permit will be for 18 months and its purpose is to give them the opportunity to continue to gain work experience and have more opportunities to obtain permanent residency.

The policy will be in effect from next summer.

The government said around 95,000 PGWP would expire between January 31 and December 31, 2022.

More than 50,000 candidates are expected to benefit from this policy.

More details on the process will be available in the coming weeks.

According to a Press releaseimmigration is more important than ever to fuel the Canadian economy.

According to government data, tens of thousands of international graduates in Canada become permanent residents every year.

Last year, 157,000 former students became permanent residents.

And more than 88,000 went directly from a post-graduation work permit to permanent status.

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