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IRCC announced three new measures on PGWP eligibility for international students pursuing their Canadian educational programs online due to the pandemic.

  • Students can study online, up until April 30, 2021 and no time will be deducted from the length of their PGWP, so long as they complete 50% of their studies in Canada.
  • Students who have signed up for a program that is 8-12 months in duration with a start date from May to September 2020 will be able to complete their entire program abroad and still be eligible for a PGWP.
  • Students enrolled in a program with a start date between May and September 2020 and study online up to April 30, 2021 and who graduate from more than one eligible program may be able to combine the length of their programs of study when they apply for a PGWP, as long as 50% of the studies are completed in Canada.

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