Ottawa, Canada – The Canadian government has announced the extension of a key policy for international students. Until September 1, 2024, students can count online study towards their post-graduation work permit eligibility, provided that less than 50% of their program is completed online.
This policy, initially implemented in 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, was designed to support students facing travel restrictions. The latest announcement marks a significant decision for students planning their education in Canada, ensuring they remain eligible for work permits despite the shift to online learning during the pandemic.
However, this facilitation will not apply to students starting their programs on or after September 1, 2024, aligning with the return to in-person education across Canada. The decision reflects Canada’s ongoing commitment to supporting international students while adapting to the changing educational landscape.
Note: Before making any decisions based on this news article, it is strongly advised to consult relevant laws and refer to official sources from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Policies and regulations can change, and it is important to have the most current and accurate information.