Canada announces further relaxation around the Post-Graduation Work Permit

“If you apply for your study permit before starting your program, any time spent studying online from outside Canada since spring 2020 now counts toward the length of a post-graduation work permit,” IRCC said in a statement.

“You won’t have time deducted from the length of your post-graduation work permit for studies you complete outside Canada until April 30, 2021.”

Under the current rules, students are still eligible for a post-graduation work permit if they can’t travel to Canada at this time due to travel restrictions and they either:

  • Have a study permit, have been approved for a study permit.
  • Have applied for a study permit before starting their study program in the spring, summer or fall 2020 semesters.
  • Or have applied for a study permit before starting their study program in the January 2021 semester.

Students in this situation can begin their classes while outside Canada and complete 100% of their program online if the program is between 8 and 12 months in length, and they started their studies between May and September 2020.