Canada Changes Work Permit Rules for Nigerians, Other Foreign Students as UK Seeks 600k Applications

Canada Changes Work Permit Rules for Nigerians, Other Foreign Students as UK Seeks 600k Applications

  • The Canadian government has changed the rules for the post-graduate work permit programme (PGWP) for international students
  • The new scheme allows international students, including Nigerians, to work for any employer as long as they want
  • A post-graduate work permit (PGWP) is an open work permit given to international students upon completion of their studies in Canada.

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The Canadian government has implemented changes to the post-graduation work programme (PGWP) beginning February 15, 2024.

Students who have completed a master's degree programme within two years will now qualify for a three-year PGWP if they meet all other eligibility criteria.

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announces changes to post-graduate work programme Credit: Bloomberg/Contributor
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However, beginning September 1, 2024, students enrolled in curriculum licensing agreement programmes will no longer be eligible for PGWP. Additionally, the extraordinary measures for distance learning and PGWP will remain valid.

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What is a PGWP?

A post-graduate work permit (PGWP) is an open work permit given to international students upon completion of their studies in Canada.

The programme holders are free to work anywhere in the country for any employer for as many hours as they deem fit.

The length of their PGWP depends on the level and duration of their studies and the expiry date of their passports, whichever comes first.

Eligibility for international students

International students are eligible if they graduate from a designated learning institution (DLI) and are willing to stay in Canada temporarily to work.

According to reports, a DLI is a school approved by Canada's provincial or territorial government to host international students.

Graduates are not automatically eligible for a PGWP, as candidates need to check the DLI list to determine if they qualify.

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The development comes amid a previous report by Legit.ng that the Canadian government has banned Nigerians and other foreigners from owning houses in the country.

This is due to the acute housing deficit in the country due to an influx of international students and migrant workers.

UK moves to take 600,000 students yearly from Nigeria

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the United Kingdom had concluded plans to increase the number of international students coming to study in their schools to 600,000 yearly by 2030, focusing on Nigeria, India, and Vietnam.

A report by Hazel Shearing of the BBC said that the government had a target of 600,000 international students yearly in the UK by 2030.

Source: Legit.ng

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