Canada News: New Rules for Work Permit for International Students 2024


We bring you the latest updates on the Government of Canada’s new rules regarding work permits for international students. In an effort to enhance opportunities for international students, Canada has announced significant changes to the Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) rules, impacting students across the nation. Let’s delve into the details of these new regulations and how they might affect you.

– *Government Announcement*: The Government of Canada has introduced new rules for international students regarding the Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP).

– *Effective Date*: Originally planned for September 1, 2024, the new rule will now be implemented earlier, starting May 15, 2024.

– *Extended Validity*: The special measures regarding PGWP will remain in effect until August 31, 2024.

*What is a PGWP?*

– *Definition*: A Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) is an open work permit provided to foreign students upon completing their studies in Canada.

– *Flexibility*: PGWP holders can work unrestricted hours for any employer throughout Canada, subject to certain conditions.

*Eligibility Criteria:*

– *Program Duration*: Graduates of programs lasting a minimum of two years in designated educational institutions qualify for a 3-year PGWP.

– *Master’s Degree Exception*: Students completing master’s degree programs in less than two years can also apply for a 3-year PGWP, given they meet all other eligibility criteria.

– *Ineligibility*: Programs shorter than 8 months (or 900 hours for Quebec credentials) do not qualify for the PGWP.

*Designated Learning Institutions (DLIs):*

– *Definition*: DLIs are educational institutions approved by provincial or territorial governments in Canada to host international students.

– *Requirement*: Graduates from DLIs are eligible to apply for the PGWP if they wish to work temporarily in Canada after graduation.


– *Can students in Course Licensing Agreement programs apply for PGWP?* No, starting May 15, 2024, students in such programs will no longer be eligible for PGWP.

– *Can distance education students apply for PGWP?* Yes, the validity of special measures regarding PGWP has been extended until August 31, 2024, encompassing distance education students.

– *Are graduates of master’s degree programs of less than 2 years duration eligible for PGWP?* Yes, under the new rule effective from May 15, 2024, such graduates can apply for a 3-year PGWP provided they meet all other eligibility criteria.

In conclusion, these new rules regarding the Post-Graduation Work Permit signify Canada’s commitment to providing valuable opportunities for international students. Whether you’re pursuing a master’s degree or completing a designated educational program, these changes aim to facilitate your transition into the Canadian workforce. Stay informed and make the most of these opportunities as you embark on your journey in Canada. Stay tuned to Canada News for more updates on immigration and education policies affecting international students.