Study Abroad: New Eligibility Criteria for Canada PGWP is Now Effective from May 15

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Study Abroad: New Eligibility Criteria for Canada PGWP is Now Effective from May 15

 On 22nd March, IRCC (Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada) provided an update on the change in the new post-graduation work permit requirements effective date. Earlier IRRC announced that foreign graduates of college programs offered through a public-private curriculum licensing partnership will no longer be eligible for a PGWP from 1st September 2024. 

But as per the latest update, the new PGWP rule will be effective from 15th May 2024 instead of 1st September 2024.

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What are Curriculum Licensing Agreements (Public Private Partnerships)?

Through curriculum licensing agreements students can earn diplomas from programs offered by private career colleges on behalf of public universities qualifying for the PGWP. As per the new IRCC Rules, these programs are not eligible for PGWP with few exceptions. 

Canada PGWP Eligibility Criteria

Check below the eligibility criteria for PGWP:

Type of InstitutionDuration of Program
Public post-secondary DLI8 months or longer 
Quebec public secondary DLI offering vocational training programs900 hours or longer
Quebec CEGEP900 hours or longer
Quebec provincially subsidized private post-secondary DLI900 hours or longer
Canadian private  designated learning institution authorized by the province to confer degreesNA

Ineligibility Criteria for PGWPs

Candidates cannot obtain a PGWP if any one of the below-listed scenarios has happened:

  • Candidates possess a research permit that ended more than 180 days before their application
  • They have previously obtained a PGWP
  • They have studied a second language either French or English
  • They have completed courses in self-improvement or general interest
  • They have taken part in the Global Affairs Canada-funded Government of Canada Awards Program (GAC)
  • They have obtained financial support from GAC
  • They have received the Equal Opportunity Scholarship, Canada-Chile
  • They took part in the Organisation of American States Fellowships
  • They have completed the majority of the study program through correspondence, e-learning, or online courses
  • They must have finished a study program at a Canadian non-Canadian institution

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