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Canada changes PGWP rules for International Students


The Canadian government has revised its Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) regulations for international students. Effective Feb 15, 2024, students who complete master’s degree programs of at least 8 months in duration will be eligible for a 3-year PGWP. The length of the PGWP is determined by the level and duration of the study program, as well as the expiry date of the passport, whichever comes first.

For programs other than master’s degrees, the length of the PGWP will continue to align with the length of the study program, with a maximum of 3 years.
In another significant change, the Canadian government has restricted PGWPs from certain provinces that allow public colleges to license their curriculum to be delivered by an affiliated private college. International students enrolled in the PGWP program can still apply if they meet other eligibility criteria, but new students will not be eligible for a post-graduation work permit.

Canada’s government has recently introduced reforms in the international education space and implemented several new rules. The country’s intake cap for international student permit applications in 2024 is expected to result in 360,000 approved study permits, a 35% decrease from 2023.

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