The PGWPP allows international students studying in Canada on a student visa to apply for a Canadian work permit if they have completed an eligible program from a Canadian University or College that qualifies as a Designated Learning Institution (DLI). An applicant must apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit or PGWP within 180 days of getting their final semester result. The course duration must be more than 8 months. A longer duration course makes one applicable for a longer duration PGWP.
Distance learning courses are applicable for PGWP for their entire duration if 50% of the study program is held in Canada in a qualifying college. The Canadian government has extended this facility to international students, who are studying an online program without a study permit because they were not able to attend in- person college classes due to Covid 19 Pandemic. However, to be eligible for the program international students must complete at least 50% of their course in Canada which begins in spring, summer or fall 2020. They also must apply for a study permit or Student Visa Canada by September 15, 2020. Time spent learning outside will not be deducted from the Post Graduate Work Permit Program duration up till December 31, 2020.
This policy highlights the welcoming attitude of Canadian Immigration towards international students. Also, this is in stark contrast with their neighbour United States. The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement or ICE recently tried to ban the entry of students by suspending issuance of U.S. student visas to international students who do not attend in person classes in U.S. colleges due to the Covid19 Pandemic. There was also fear of deportation of international students already in the United States on a Student Visa who were unable to attend in person classes. Fortunately for the international student community and the U.S. universities, Immigration and Customs Enforcement entered into an agreement cancelling the suspension of Student Visa in response to a case filed by Harvard University and MIT. The uncertainty surrounding U.S. immigration may push international students applying to U.S. universities to other study destinations especially Canada.

Sources:
https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/corporate/publications-manuals/operational-bulletins-manuals/temporary-residents/study-permits/post-graduation-work-permit-program.html

Author: Ishwar Pratap Singh Sethi

Ishwar is a graduate of Symbiosis Law School, Pune. At Global Immigration Review Magazine he works in the capacity of Content Management Executive. Global Immigration Review Magazine covers global immigration, migration and mobility trends from the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Grenada, Cyprus, Portugal, Turkey. Subject matter of coverage includes study visa, work visa, start up and entrepreneur visa, investment immigration like EB-5 visa and Portugal Golden Visa, citizenship by investment and more.