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Canada extends PGWP deadline for online studies

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The Government of Canada has extended the time international students can study online from outside Canada and have it count towards Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) eligibility.

International students can complete 100% of their studies online until August 31, 2022, and still have it count towards a PGWP.

These measures apply to all international students who are enrolled in a PGWP-eligible program and meet all other PGWP criteria.

The new PGWP measures apply to all international students who:

  • are enrolled in a PGWP-eligible program
  • began a program in any term from spring 2020 to summer 2022, or whose program was already in progress in March 2020
  • have a study permit or approval for a study permit, or applied for a study permit for which they are eventually approved prior to starting their program
  • meet all other PGWP criteria

For students already in Canada, if their courses were moved online due to COVID-19, the time spent studying online from within Canada still counts toward a PGWP. However, the government highly recommends attending in-class options when offered.

For more information about Canada’s Post-Graduation Work Permit program visit Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s website.

University Canada West’s campuses will continue to be open for the Winter (January) 2022 term. Students able to travel to Canada are strongly encouraged to attend classes on-campus.

The University will continue to offer online classes for students who cannot travel to Canada. Students may start their program online abroad for the Winter and Spring (April) 2022 Terms as long as they have applied for a study permit and can provide proof before their program starts.

UCW’s refund guarantee has also been extended for the Winter and Spring 2022 Terms, giving students the confidence to start their program at UCW with a guaranteed refund if their study permit application is refused.

For more information about the University’s refund policy, visit the Tuition and Fees page on UCW’s website.

Published on Dec. 2, 2021.