International students enrolled in Canadian educational institutions will be able to commence their courses online from their home countries and still be eligible for the postgraduate work programme (PGWP), which is available for up to three years. The tenure of the work permit typically depends on the length of the educational course in Canada. In the wake of coronavirus-related travel interruptions around the world, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) — the government’s immigration arm — has made its rules more flexible. Under normal circumstances, the IRCC pointed out, the stringent PGWP norms limit an international student’s ability to pursue a programme via distance learning. The time spent studying outside Canada is deducted from the length of the work permit for which they would otherwise be eligible, it added. Explaining the relaxations given, IRCC said: “PGWP eligibility will not be affected for international students whose fall courses will be conducted online owing to Covid-19... International students may begin their classes while outside Canada and complete up to 50% of the programme via distance learning if they cannot travel to Canada sooner. If studies were completed outside of Canada up to December 31, 2020, this time will not be deducted from their future work permit tenure.” This spells good news as Canadian education and work experience help students garner higher points under the Express-Entry route, if he or she wishes to become a permanent resident. Canadian permanent residency is akin to a green card in the US. According to the IRCC, nearly 54,000 former students had opted to become permanent residents in 2018. With 1.39 lakh study permits (34.5% of the total), Indians were the highest constituent of international students in 2019.
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