Foreign nationals have become an important source of labour in Canada. The number of international graduates on a Post-Graduation work permit has escalated substantially from 2,400 in 2001 to more than 143,000 last years. Canada’s immigrant friendly nature has proved to be a boon for foreign nationals who want to remain in the country and gain Canadian work experience.

The Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP) was launched in the year 2000 with a view to attract and retain talented international students aiming to contribute to the Canadian economy. The program allows eligible international graduates to work in Canada for a maximum period of three years. Many foreign nationals have taken advantage of the PGWP program with more than 950,000 students applying for a work permit.

Canada has reaped several economic benefits from the PGWP program, as international students contribute significantly to the country’s economy. According to a federal government report, foreign nationals contribute more than $22 billion to Canada’s economy every year and support about 170,000 jobs. Furthermore, the report also suggests that international students have higher chances of landing a job in the Canadian due to their high language proficiency, Canadian work experience and education.

A Secure Deal

The PGWP program has become a notable and popular choice among international students due to certain merits associated with it. Owing to its simplified and straightforward application procedure, Canada has become one of the leading destinations of foreign students. Unlike other countries, international graduates in Canada get plenty of time to stay and work in the country. Here are some of the reasons why Canada’s PGWP program is the best choice for you:

1. Off-campus work permit

Canada has globally competitive colleges and universities with high cost of tuition and living expenses. To be able to support such expensive life, many foreign students want to work while studying in Canada. Addressing this problem in 2014, the Canadian government came-up with an off-campus work permit program, which allows students to work as a part-time employee for a maximum of 20 hours per week. As of 1 June 2014, certain international students can work even without a work permit.

2. Pathway to Canada PR

The Post-Graduate work permit program allows graduates to stay in Canada for a maximum duration of three years to gain work experience in the country. The Canadian work-experience gains extra CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System) scores to applicants. This eases the process of getting a Canadian PR and settling in the country.

3. Plenty of time

Earlier, after receiving the notice of graduation international students were given 90 days to apply for a job, failing which they had to leave the country. However, last year the Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) expanded this time-frame to 180 days resulting in greater probabilities of landing a job by foreign nationals.

4. Upliftment of restrictions

The Canadian government has made the process of obtaining a work permit much easier by removing certain restrictions earlier associated with PGWP program. One such improvement is dismissal of the requirement that applicants must have a job with an employer in a field relevant to their studies. Now, international students can work in any domain irrespective of the stream of their degrees. Another requirement that students must have a valid study permit at the time they submit their work permit application has also been removed. All these improvements combined have made this process much easier and comprehensive.

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