Updates to Canada’s Post-Graduation Work Permit Program 2024

Post-graduation Work Permit (PGWP) Extension IELTS Student Direct Stream Canada Study Permit
  • February 18, 2024

Canada has introduced significant changes to the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP) starting February 15, 2024, aimed at enhancing opportunities for international students seeking to study and work in the country.


Key Updates:

  • Master’s degree graduates now eligible for a three-year PGWP, irrespective of program duration, demonstrating Canada’s recognition of their value to the job market.
  • These changes reflect Canada’s commitment to attracting global talent and acknowledging the expertise that master’s degree holders bring.
  • Restrictions on PGWPs for public-private partnership college programs have been implemented, affecting new enrollees starting September 1, 2024, to ensure educational quality and student support.
  • Spouses’ work permit eligibility is revised, linking it to the level of the student’s program, ensuring fairness and alignment with educational goals.
  • A cap of approximately 360,000 new international students per year has been set, along with the requirement for a Provincial Attestation Letter (PAL) for study permit applications from January 22, 2024, promoting sustainable population growth and a smooth immigration system.



These updates provide new opportunities for international students but also necessitate compliance with revised eligibility criteria to optimize academic and professional success in Canada.



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