Changes in the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program, makes it easier for graduating international students to obtain work permits and acquire Canadian work experience.

The changes to ( the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program )

  • remove the requirement to have a job offer at the time of application. International graduates can now obtain an open work permit, i.e. they can work for any Canadian employer who offers them a job.
  • international students now have the flexibility to work outside of their field of study.
  • The duration of the work permit has now been extended to three years across the country.

A related change, in the new Canadian Experience Class category:

  • makes it easier for international students and foreign workers who are already in Canada with temporary status to become Canadian Permanent Residents.
  • At least one year of work experience in a managerial, professional, or technical position will be required to apply for the Canadian Experience Class.

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