Visa Crunch

One more opportunity at Canadian work experience for international students waylaid by COVID-19

By showing concern towards the international students, immigration Minister Marco Mendicino said, one more opportunity for students who failed to secure desired Canadian work experience due to the pandemic will be given to meet an essential criterion of permanent residence.

Validation of new permit: To allow international students with an already expired or expiring post-graduate work permit to request another permit that will be valid for a year and a half, Ottawa will launch a temporary policy on Friday. 

Depending on the duration of corresponding academic programs of a foreign student graduating from a selected Canadian post-secondary college or university is eligible for a work permit lasting between 12 to 36 months.  

Work experience and academic credentials have become progressively crucial for foreign nationals looking to apply for permanent residence in Canada, which is a prerequisite in the immigrant-section process with bonus points.

In 2019, more than 58000 international students successfully requested to immigrate permanently, who graduated from a Canadian institution. 

Nevertheless, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the year 2019 and 2020 companions were left to defy a gloomy employment market, and numerous international graduates were given up from their work. Consequently, they got themselves unfit to satisfy their Canadian work experience necessity and confronted the possibility of leaving Canada disregarding their ventures of cash and time.  

Annually, international students contribute more than $21 billion to the Canadian economy. Typically, an international student pays three to four times or above as tuition fees than a domestic student; and education has become a default channel for Canadian immigration. 

In a statement, Mendicino said, “This new policy means that students from foreign nations that studied here, remain here and find work while ensuring that Canada meets the urgent needs of the economy for the present and future.” 

“Single message to foreign students and graduates is straight: We don’t just want you to study in Canada, we want you to stay in Canada.”

As per Ottawa announced in October, Canada would welcome more than four lakhs new immigrants each year till 2023 – After an unfortunate 2020 that saw the immigration application processes hampered by the corona crisis, with closed visa offices overseas and drop in the efficiency of remotely working immigration officers. Only 60 percent of the new-arrival targeted for 2020 were anticipated to have made it to Canada by the end of the previous year.

Mendicino said the central part of post-pandemic economic recovery is attracting qualified immigrants, and a new policy for a post-graduate work permit will allow more students to fill urgent demand in areas such as technology and health care.

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