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Canadian Government Introduces a Temporary Public Policy Change for International Students

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"The Canadian government recently introduced a temporary change to the public policy making it easier for international students to obtain permanent residence in Canada. This policy will take effect on May 6, 2021, and will be valid until November 5, 2021. This policy will allow approximately 40,000 recent international graduates to gain permanent residence in Canada within this period. No further applications will be accepted once the visa cap has been reached."
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Published on:  May 29, 2021
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The Canadian government recently introduced a temporary change to the public policy making it easier for international students to obtain permanent residence in Canada. This policy will take effect on May 6, 2021, and will be valid until November 5, 2021. This policy will allow approximately 40,000 recent international graduates to gain permanent residence in Canada within this period. No further applications will be accepted once the visa cap has been reached. 

What Is the Eligibility Criteria for The New Temporary Public Policy?

Applicants will be required to meet the following criteria to be eligible for this program:

  • Must have graduated from a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) after January 2017
  • Obtained a Canadian educational credential such as an associate, Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctoral degree from a study program that lasted at least 8 months
  • Or obtained a degree, diploma, certificate or attestation of completion of any program that led a skilled trade occupation
  • Or one more degree, diploma, certificate or attestation from a study program that lasted at least 8 months to make a combined 2-year credential 
  • Have a valid study permit throughout your program of study
  • Have valid work permit authorization with current employment
  • Demonstrate language proficiency with a level 5 on the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) for English or French on an approved language test in the last 2 years if applying under the foreign national program, for the French-speaking program, a level 5 on the CLB for the French language is required
  • Be currently residing in Canada with a valid temporary resident status
  • Intend to reside outside the province of Quebec

Why Was This Policy Introduced for International Students?

Given the ongoing global pandemic, Canada’s immigration levels dropped during 2020. According to the Canadian Immigration Levels Plan for 2021-23, Canada intends to invite around 400,000 new immigrants over the next 2 years. This plan was necessary given Canada’s unique problem of an aging working population and declining birth rates. 

The Canadian government knows the value of foreign workers who fill the labor market shortages to ensure the growth of the Canadian economy. Due to the travel restrictions currently in place given the Covid-19 situation all over the world, the Canadian government recognizes that international students and temporary workers are valuable resources to support Canada’s economic growth and stability. Therefore, new public policies are necessary to encourage such workers to apply for permanent residence.

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