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Study Permit Conditions, PGWP and Your Future in Canada


Velletta Pedersen Christie has helped numerous international students successfully obtain their Post Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) and Permanent Residency in Canada. International students should be aware that failure to comply with the conditions of the Study Permit during their studies can have a significant impact on their eligibility for a PGWP.

Under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR), international students are required to actively pursue their course or program of study while in Canada. This means that they must maintain full-time status and make continuous progress towards completing their program. Failure to comply with these conditions, or failure to demonstrate compliance upon request from IRCC can lead to serious consequences, including refusal of the PGWP application and potential difficulties with a Permanent Residency application.

The conditions imposed on Study Permit holders mean international students should avoid taking time off from their studies or taking a leave of absence. Except in limited circumstances, taking a leave from studies will often result in ineligibility for the PGWP.

It is important to note that a PGWP is a valuable opportunity for international students to gain Canadian work experience and potentially qualify for Canadian Permanent Residency. Since a PGWP is granted only once in an individual’s lifetime, it is literally a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Sarah Reid, our immigration lawyer at Velletta Pedersen Christie, has extensive experience in helping international students navigate the complex immigration system in Canada. She can provide valuable guidance and assistance throughout the entire process, including advising on compliance with the conditions of the Study Permit and preparing the PGWP application.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your PGWP application or Study Permit conditions, contact us for a consultation!