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Canada extends online eligibility for PGWP Program


Latest news on International Students online eligibility for PGWP Program. Canada is extending the time International Students can study online from outside Canada and have it count towards PGWP eligibility.

You can:
– count the online study time from March 2020 to August 31, 2022
– complete up to 100% of your studies online and be eligible for a PGWP

See Canada Post Graduate Work Permit (PGWP) Program

You may pre-qualify for a Canada immigration program.


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Canada post graduate work permit (PGWP) program permits students who have graduated from eligible Canadian designated learning institutions to obtain an open work permit to gain valuable Canadian work experience. Students gain skilled Canadian work experience in the national occupational code A, O or B through the PGWPP. This helps graduates qualify for permanent residence in Canada through the Canadian experience class, within Canada Express Entry System.

Post graduate work permits are exempt from Labour Market Impact Assessments. They are open and coded as C43.

With a post-graduation work permit, as with all open work permits, graduates can

  • work full time
  • work part time
  • be self-employed

See also International students now eligible for PGWP even with 100% of studies online abroad


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About online eligibility for PGWP Program

Online study is not normally eligible for the PGWP, but that has changed since the pandemic. International students can now do 100% of their studies online from outside Canada, and still get a PGWP once the program is complete.

See also 2022 announcement: Canada’s PGWP International Students can now stay longer in Canada.

Canada originally put this measure in place in 2020 to run until December 31, 2021. It is part of Canada’s coronavirus-related measure to allow international students affected by the pandemic to still be eligible for the PGWP.

Canada has now extended the period that international students can study online until August 31, 2022, up from December 31, 2021.


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With the extension, Canada continues to demonstrate its appreciation of the importance of international students to its post-pandemic economic recovery. This policy reaffirms its commitment to provide international students a clear pathway to permanent residency.


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The government of Canada reiterates that international students bring so much to Canada. International students contribute over $21 billion annually to the economy and support the vitality of Canadian communities.

How much of your outside Canada studies count toward a PGWP?

You can complete up to 100% of your studies online from outside Canada.

All of the time you spent studying online from outside Canada between spring 2020 and August 31, 2022, counts toward the length of a PGWP. This applies even if you’re completing 2 study programs.


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If you’re completing 2 study programs, you can finish 100% of your studies online if the programs were ongoing or started between March 2020 and summer 2022, and

The following time won’t count toward the length of a PGWP:

  • time spent studying outside Canada after August 31, 2022
  • time spent studying before you applied for a study permit


You may pre-qualify for a Canada immigration program.


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