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Canada Anounces Major Study and Work Visa Change for Fall 2020

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Mukhang lalong dadami mga Pinoy students sa Canada. :yipee:

Canada is making a major change to its Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) rules for international students who want to study in Canada beginning this fall.

The PGWP enables international students to gain Canadian work experience after completing their educational program at a Canadian designated learning institution (DLI).

International students must have completed a full-time program of at least eight months in length at a DLI in order to be eligible for the PGWP. Their study program must have lead to a diploma, degree, or certificate. The ultimate length of the PGWP depends on the length of the student’s program of study in Canada.

Students can begin program online, and still be eligible for 3-year PGWP after coming to Canada.

Normally, online courses do not count toward the study requirement for a PGWP application. However, given coronavirus-related travel interruptions around the world, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is now allowing international students to study online while overseas and still be eligible to apply for the work permit after graduation.

IRCC announced the reform during the evening of May 14, 2020.

New international students will be able to begin their programs at a Canadian DLI online in fall 2020 and complete up to 50 per cent of the program while abroad, and then still be able to obtain the PGWP to work in Canada after completing their studies.

IRCC also noted that international students will not have time deducted from the length of their PGWP for the period they spent outside of Canada, up to December 31, 2020.

In a hypothetical scenario, a new international student can begin their program at a Canadian DLI online this coming fall, and still be eligible for a PGWP for the maximum three years so long as they arrived to Canada by the end of 2020 and completed a qualifying educational program at a DLI of at least two years in duration.

Why this is a major announcement

The PGWP is highly coveted among Canada’s international students since it enables them to work in Canada for up to three years after completing their studies.

Such work experience provides them with a major advantage when submitting their federal and/or provincial immigration application, which 60 per cent of international students plan to do, according to the Canadian Bureau for International Education’s annual survey of foreign students.

Under Express Entry’s Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), for example, former international students are rewarded with additional CRS points for their Canadian education and work experience.

In addition to federal pathways, a variety of Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) streams also exist to help former international students transition to permanent residence.

In recent months, more former international students have received invitations to apply for permanent residence through Express Entry draws that have only selected Canadian Experience Class and PNP candidates.

This major announcement will encourage more international students to pursue their studies in Canada this fall, rather than deferring their post-secondary education. The reason for this is that international students who wish to eventually apply for Canadian immigration will want to capitalize on the opportunity to complete a portion of their studies in their countries of origin, while still being able to access the same benefits had they been required to physically study in Canada.

Another major benefit is the cost to study in Canada will decline for them, since they will not have to incur additional living expenses at the outset of their Canadian education.

Announcement will be a boon for Canadian economy and jobs

Nonetheless, this policy reform should prove to be a boon for the Canadian economy since the tuition that international students will pay will help to support jobs at colleges and universities across Canada. Moreover, international students will support economic activity in a number of ways once they arrive to Canada, through their spending, labour, and the taxes they will pay as workers.

Prior to the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the over 640,000 international students in Canada were contributing $22 billion annually to the economy and supporting some 170,000 Canadian jobs.

Furthermore, many of these students will eventually make the transition to permanent residence, which will help Canada’s economy over the long run since they will possess the key human capital characteristics that support strong labour market outcomes of Canada’s immigrants. These characteristics include being young in age, fluent in English and/or French, and possessing Canadian education, work experience, and social and professional connections.

In early April, IRCC first applied this measure to international students whose courses started in May and June. The May 14 announcement is an extension to the students who will begin their semester in September.

Though international students who received their study permit after March 18 are still not able to come to Canada, new permits are still being processed and IRCC says they will notify new students as to when they are able to travel to Canada again.

Canada will become even more attractive to international students

Canada has proven to be one of the world’s most attractive destinations for international students in recent years due to the following reasons:

  • Canada offers a very high quality of education

  • Students and their spouses and partners can work during and after their studies

  • Canada offers the opportunity to study and live in English and/or French environments

  • Canada is a very safe country

  • Canada welcomes immigrants, international students, foreign workers, and visitors from some 200 countries each year

  • Canada is more affordable than other popular international student destinations, in part because of the weaker Canadian dollar

  • And there are over 80 permanent resident pathways for international students; in 2018, nearly 54,000 former international students obtained Canadian permanent residence.
This newly-announced reform makes Canada even more attractive for international students.
 
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hopefully good news ito ts but right now mejo naghihirap ang canada and maraming business na nagcoclose dahil sa covid. quebec ang may pinakamababang tuition fee sa lahat ng schools kaya lang need na may french language test, yung ibang province mejo mahal din ang cost of living. maraming pinoy dito and need nila more nurses especially sa northern area, some di mo na kailangan magback to school, pero mostly major provinces need pa din mag back to school. Anyways laban lang mga pinoy :)
 

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hopefully good news ito ts but right now mejo naghihirap ang canada and maraming business na nagcoclose dahil sa covid. quebec ang may pinakamababang tuition fee sa lahat ng schools kaya lang need na may french language test, yung ibang province mejo mahal din ang cost of living. maraming pinoy dito and need nila more nurses especially sa northern area, some di mo na kailangan magback to school, pero mostly major provinces need pa din mag back to school. Anyways laban lang mga pinoy :)

Lahat naman ng bansa bagsak ang economy ngayon but this article says you can enroll in a designated learning institutions and start attending classes online while still in the Philippines. Their school year usually starts around September but you have to land in Canada before the end of 2020 to finish the rest of your schooling . So makakatipid ka sa cost of living by about 3 months. Siguro naman by December magiging normalized na ang economy dahil wala ng lockdown at medyo mataas na ang sales ng mga stores dahil xmas season na and hopefully marami na ring part-time jobs mapapasukan mga students. It looks like a good time to apply for a student visa kasi mukhang desperate ang Canada to jumpstart their economy kaya nagluluwag sila sa regulations and hopefully in the screening of applicants as well. From what I've read they earn billions of dollars from international students. The good thing is they provide a pathway for students to gain PR status not like in other countries. But yeah, Pinoys should really take advantage while opportunities like this still exist kasi once magbago sila ng Prime Minister baka maghigpit na naman uli like in the past admins.
 
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you are right ts, tuition is nearly 20000 per term if international students dito sa montreal , i'm currently attending the school here
 

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ok yan. target ko dati canada pero sobrang higpit nila kaya no thanks na lang. may mga nursing colleagues ako na while in the process of applying their RN licenses eh need nila pumasok as a janitor, waiter, etc, not to cast aspersions. di lang sila ang first world country

I guess some people who migrated think it's better to work as a janitor and earning even more than folks who have lofty titles back home. I also have a friend who told me that due to the huge number of nursing graduates in RP a significant number of them work for free as "trainees" and that some of them have to resort to paying hospitals just to be accepted as trainees which is exploitative. Or how about nurses who end up working as sales clerks at malls or as call center agents. There's nothing wrong with working "survival jobs" just to get to your goal. Even in Hollywood there's a whole litany of stories about actors/actresses who did odd jobs before they became famous.
But yeah, not everyone has the right mindset/character to adapt and cope with difficulties working in these kinds of jobs. But for those with the tenacity to reach their goals and strive not only for themselves but for their family's future even under seemingly insurmountable odds my hats-off to those peoople.

The main advantage of Canada over other developed countries is that they have so many "pathways" to get PR status both for international students in Canada and foreign workers still living overseas. Like if you have at least 1 year experience in your chosen profession you can already apply under Express Entry and can get a PR card within 6 months to 1 year while still living in the Philippines. This might be an easier option if you don't want to study there. I do not know of any developed country that doesn't have regulatory hurdles for nurses before they can practice their profession. And in lot of these countries you will arrive there as termporay workers a.k.a OFW on a work permit which might render you losing your status if you don't pass their exams, get fired, laid-off for whatever reason. And worse, if you lose status you can be subject to deportation. Some countries like the UK it will take you about 5 years to get PR AFAIK. And during this period, you are exposed to this risk I just mentioned. In Canada you can already apply for citizenship after residing there legally for 3 years I believe and they count 6 months for every year towards this residency requirement even while still under a Student or Work Permit if you eventually obtain PR status.

Another advantage is that if you eventually become a Canadian you can work in the US on a TN visa under NAFTA. This is assuming you can find an employer willing to sponsor you under this visa which is relatively easier to obtain compared to an H1B visa and can be stamped at a border crossing.

The only major deterrent that I can think of is the landing funds required by Canada upon arrival which I believe applies to both international students and PRs. This is the reason why a lot of Pinoy applicants work in the Middle East and other countries first to save money, gain working experience and later apply for Canada when they have sufficient funds and a better profile for their PR application.

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you are right ts, tuition is nearly 20000 per term if international students dito sa montreal , i'm currently attending the school here

Ayos yan, medyo umispot ka na rin ng mga French speaking na bebot dyan para may back up plan ka sa pagkuha ng PR.:thumbsup: Kahit anong job pasukin mo basta nasa in-demand occupation list. Pag naka one year total kana experience apply ka under CEC (Canadian Experience Class.)
 
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meron po ba silang scholarships for those na medyo kapos sa pera?
 

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maraming na refused ngayun, dapat malakas ang sop ng applicant, at ang tie in. kung may pera SDS dapat at hindi online application. regards to all
 
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