Tens of thousands of international students come to Canada to pursue higher education every year. This trend is likely to continue, as Canada is home to some of the world’s highest-ranking educational institutions. This includes institutions such as the University of Toronto, McGill, and the University of British Columbia.
The Impact of COVID-19 on Ex-International Students
A significant percentage of international students also use this opportunity to pursue permanent resident status through the Express Entry system after completing their education. This typically requires them to obtain a post-graduate work permit along with qualifying work experience. However, the recent pandemic has made it difficult for many students to find jobs or get sufficient work experience before their visa expires.
Ex-international students who are unable to obtain 12 months of continuous skilled work in a full-time position in Canada will no longer be allowed to work legally and may be required to leave the country when their post-graduate work permit expires. Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) do not usually grant work-permit extensions or renewals under normal circumstances. However, they are currently offering ex-international students a chance to apply for new open work permits in light of the pandemic.
New Open Work Permits for Ex-International Students
The new policy offers ex-international students with expired or soon-to-expire post-graduate work permits a chance to apply for a unique brand new open work permit. Canada international students can benefit from this new permit, which is valid for up to 18 months. It offers them a chance to stay in Canada and look for work opportunities or continue working in their current job.
Individuals with this open work permit can work for any employer they choose. This is in contrast to employer-specific work permits that lock foreign workers to a single employer in Canada.
Eligibility for the Open Work Permit Under Public Policy
This unique open work permit is available to ex-international students who:
- Owned a post-graduate work permit that expired on or after January 30, 2020, or is set to expire within four months from January 27, 2021, when this public policy was announced.
- Were present in Canada as of January 27, 2021, and have stayed in the country since this date.
- Have temporary resident status or lost their temporary resident status and are attempting to restore it.
- Have a valid passport.
- Ex-international students must apply before July 27, 2021, to obtain this new open work permit. It is issued only once and cannot be extended.
Elaar Immigration Consulting Can Help
Ex-international students should take advantage of this unique opportunity if they wish to remain in Canada and work. You can boost your chances of being issued this new open work permit with Elaar Immigration Consulting’s help.
We understand the many challenges ex-international students face in Canada. This is why we are offering an exclusive 50% discount for our open work permit Canada application services for a limited time. Please get in touch with Elaar Immigration Consulting to get started with the application process as soon as possible.