International students bring monetary benefits to Canada, contributing more than $21 billion yearly to our economy and supporting the vitality and liveliness of our communities.
The COVID-19 pandemic has presented many challenges for international students, and the Canadian government has taken several actions to assist them through this difficult time with a series of measures, including offering open work permits for former foreign students who hold or held a post-graduation work permit (PGWP).
As part of the Government’s efforts to support international student, Mr. Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration today announced further measures to ensure that international students will not miss out on opportunities after they graduate due to the coronavirus pandemic.
With the prospect of thousands of international students continuing online learning from overseas for several more months, temporary changes to the PGWP Program put in place earlier in the COVID-19 pandemic are being extended and expanded.
These measures will support international students by ensuring that studies completed outside the shores of Canada will count towards a future PGWP, and by allowing international students to finish their entire program online from abroad and still be qualified for a PGWP.
The measures also apply to all international students who are enrolled in a PGWP-eligible program and meet all other PGWP requirements.
The government of Canada has made massive efforts to support international student to settle permanently in Canada.
They bring strong employment and language skills, strengthened by their Canadian education and work experience, so they are normally well positioned to apply for permanent resident status.
More than 58,000 international graduates successfully applied to move permanently in 2019, and their decisions to live in Canada will help to address our stark demographic challenges.
As we confront the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and chart a course for our recovery, attracting skilled immigrants is a central part of our plan.
This new policy will help more international graduates fill pressing needs in areas like technology, health care, and more.
As we look forward, it will help even more former international students build their futures in Canada, contributing in ways large and small to our short-term recovery and long-term economic prosperity.