Submitting a visa application can be a stressful experience, especially if you’re unsure about the requirements and the timeline. When it comes to the Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) application in Canada, it’s crucial to understand that the application process can be affected by your immigration status, time zone differences, and online application submission policies. In this blog post, we’ll explore how missing out on some key details could result in a rejection of your PGWP application.
If you stay in Canada after your study permit expires, you need to restore your status as a student to apply for a PGWP. One of the essential requirements for restoring your status is to pay additional fees. The restoration of status fee is currently $200 CAD, and it must be paid along with your PGWP application.
The Canadian government website states that “if you stay in Canada and let your permit expire, you must apply to restore your status as a student to apply for your PGWP. To restore your status, you must pay additional fees.” This requirement is often overlooked by international students, leading to unnecessary delays or even rejections of their PGWP applications.
Another crucial detail to keep in mind is the time zone difference between your location and the UTC (Coordinated Universal Time) time zone, which is used by IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) for online application submissions. IRCC requires all electronic applications to be submitted before midnight UTC on the date the applicant’s status expires.
According to the IRCC website, “receipt dates and times do not depend on time zones; all applications must be submitted before midnight UTC on the date the applicant’s status expires.” This means that if you’re submitting your application on the day your status expires, you need to ensure that it’s submitted well before midnight UTC, taking into account the time zone difference between your location and UTC.
For instance, if you’re located in Toronto, Canada, and your status expires on March 30th, you need to submit your application before 8 PM (EST), as this is when midnight UTC occurs. If you submit your application at a later time, it will be considered as received on March 31st, and you will be out of status when the application was submitted.
Missing the deadline for submission or failing to pay the restoration of status fee can have serious consequences, leading to the rejection of your PGWP application. In such cases, you would need to leave Canada and apply for a new study permit from outside Canada, which can be a time-consuming and expensive process.
In conclusion, it’s essential to understand the requirements and policies related to the PGWP application process to avoid any delays or rejections. Make sure to pay the restoration of status fee along with your PGWP application and submit your application well before the deadline, taking into account the UTC time zone. By doing so, you can increase your chances of obtaining a PGWP and securing your post-graduation career in Canada.
- Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) eligibility: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/study-canada/work/after-graduation/eligibility.html
- IRCC policy on implied status and extending your stay: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/corporate/publications-manuals/operational-bulletins-manuals/temporary-residents/visitors/implied-status-extending-stay.html#sec1
These resources provide more detailed information about the requirements and policies related to the PGWP application process in Canada.