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Canada extends validity of Work Permit in major immigration overhaul

06:55 PM | 19 Feb, 2024
Canada extends validity of Work Permit in major immigration overhaul

TORONTO - The government of Canada has amended its policy regarding the length of Post Graduate Work Permit validity, in a major relief to those seeking to settle in the country.

The authorities have introduced significant updates to its Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP), particularly benefitting graduates of master’s degree programs for international students.

The Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced on social media platform X(formerly Twitter) that from February 15th this year, graduates of master’s degree programs will now qualify for a three-year PGWP, even if their program duration was less than two years.

This policy change reflects Canada's recognition of the potential of master’s degree graduates to excel in the country's labor market and potentially transition to permanent residence. The fresh policy aims to provide these graduates with ample time to gain valuable work experience, which is often a crucial requirement for applying for permanent residency in Canada.

According to the official website of IRCC, applicants can now apply for a three-year PGWP, regardless of whether the length of their master’s degree program was less than two years, as long as they meet all other eligibility criteria, such as a minimum program duration of 8 months.

It should be kept in mind that the extension of the PGWP validity to three years applies not only to graduates of master’s degree programs but also to graduates of all other eligible programs. This policy shift emphasizes Canada's commitment to attracting and retaining skilled international talent, further enhancing its reputation as a preferred destination for higher education and career opportunities.

However, it's worth noting that the IRCC has imposed restrictions on PG work permits for public-private partnership college programs due to concerns regarding education quality and inadequate student support. Nonetheless, international students currently enrolled in these institutions will still be eligible for a PGWP if they meet other program eligibility criteria.

The changes come weeks after Canada announced its policy for the international students, reducing their intake by 35 percent.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - Pakistani rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 19 April 2024

Pakistani currency saw minor adjustment against global currencies on April 19, 2024. US dollar was being quoted at 277.4 for buying and 280.4 for selling.

Euro comes down to 293 for buying and 296 for selling while British Pound stands at 342.25 for buying, and 345.65 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.2 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 19 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 277.4 280.4
Euro EUR 293 296
UK Pound Sterling GBP 342.25 345.65
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.2 75.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181 182.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.09 748.09
Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
China Yuan CNY 38.44 38.84
Danish Krone DKK 39.69 40.09
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.53 35.88
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.64 911.64
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.08 58.68
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.22 166.22
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.31 25.61
Omani Riyal OMR 722.87 730.87
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 76.45 77.15
Singapore Dollar SGD 204.5 206.5
Swedish Korona SEK 25.31 25.61
Swiss Franc CHF 305.08 307.58
Thai Bhat THB 7.56 7.71


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