Are you a prospective student or a student currently enrolled in Quebec? The federal government of Canada has declared that as of September 1, 2023, overseas students attending unsubsidized private universities in Quebec would no longer qualify for a post-graduation work permit (PGWP).
By the provincial government in Ottawa, the Government of Quebec has proposed to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada that only graduates from public and subsidized private universities in Quebec are eligible for the post-graduation work visa.
The measure, according to a news statement issued on June 7, 2022, is intended to safeguard the privacy of international students studying in Canada. It also seeks to remedy the deficiencies identified by Quebec’s Ministry of Advanced Education regarding certain unsubsidized private colleges.
Minister of IRCC Sean Fraser stated, “Canada recognizes the enormous social, cultural, and economic benefits that international students bring to the country.”
“Making the requested modification to post-graduation work permit eligibility will enhance the program’s credibility, bring Quebec’s private institutions closer in line with those of other provinces, and safeguard our well-deserved image as a preferred destination for international students.”
Since 2018, non-subsidized private educational institutions have attracted a substantial number of overseas students. Between 2016 and 2018, around 4,900 international students got study permits for one of these universities.
The anticipated number of international students who acquired a study visa for one of these universities rose to 11,500 between 2019 and 2021.
Info About Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP)
The PGWP is an open work permit that permits international student graduates to work for any Canadian firm. It can serve as a stepping stone to permanent residency.
According to studies, immigrants with Canadian experience before emigrating to Canada do better in the labor market than those who arrive directly from their home country.
To be eligible for the PGWP, overseas student graduates must have attended a Designated Learning Institution full-time for at least eight months (DLI). The program of study must have resulted in a degree, diploma, or certificate.
During the epidemic, when students were compelled to work from home, Canada implemented efforts to make online education available to overseas students.
An online study completed by international students between March 2020 and August 31, 2022, will contribute toward PGWP eligibility.