Canada is working towards visa immigration effortlessly. On October 27, 2023, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) made an announcement regarding the changes to their international student program (ISP). This will be implemented quickly to build up the program and shield students from fraudulence.
These measures required Designated Learning Institutions (DLIs) to assure every applicant’s letter of acceptance (LOR) straight with IRCC in order to make sure that study permits are issued based only on legit LOR.
IRCC Will Implement a “Recognized Institution” Framework
In the 2024 fall semester, IRCC will implement a “recognized institution” framework that will be beneficial for DLIs in a number of ways, like most imortant processing of study permit applications.
IRCC has also made an announcement that in the upcoming couple of months, it will end an evaluation of the Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) criteria and will begin introducing reforms to better measure it to the needs of the country’s labor market, as well as local and Francophone immigration goals. This step would be the first review of the program in a decade (10 years).
Know What is a Post-Graduation Work Permit?
International students who have completed a Canadian post-secondary program can apply for a PGWP. A PGWP permits students to work for any employer of their choice.
The PGWP validation time is three years, it depends on the length of your Canadian educational program.
PGWP’s major benefit is that it permits international students to obtain professional working experience in Canada. This work experience is essential for PGWP holders hoping to go on to apply for Canadian immigration.
Canada’s different immigration pathways award applicants who have studied and/or worked in this country. Generally, a PGWP holder requires a year of work experience in a National Occupational Classification (NOC) code of 0, A or B to then be eligible to apply for Canadian permanent residency.