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  • Canada clarified the number of study years required for graduates of master’s degree programs applying for a post-graduation work permit


On February 15, 2024, the Canadian government unveiled a series of groundbreaking reforms to the renowned Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP), signaling a significant milestone in the nation’s commitment to fostering talent and facilitating pathways to economic prosperity. Among the key amendments, a notable enhancement has been made to extend eligibility for the program, particularly benefiting graduates of master’s degree programs.

Under the revamped framework, graduates embarking on master’s degree programs now stand poised to seize unprecedented opportunities, irrespective of the program’s duration, thereby expanding access to a three-year PGWP. This pivotal shift marks a departure from previous restrictions based solely on the length of study, affirming Canada’s steadfast dedication to meritocracy and talent retention. By affording master’s graduates an extended period to contribute their expertise and skills to the Canadian workforce, the nation reaffirms its status as a global magnet for top-tier talent and innovation.

Furthermore, these progressive reforms underscore Canada’s recognition of the multifaceted contributions of master’s degree holders, acknowledging their capacity to drive economic growth, spur innovation, and enrich the fabric of Canadian society. Embracing diversity and excellence, Canada stands poised to leverage the vast reservoir of talent nurtured within its educational institutions, catalyzing a virtuous cycle of innovation, entrepreneurship, and prosperity.

As these transformative changes take effect, Canada reaffirms its position at the vanguard of global talent mobility, setting a compelling precedent for nations worldwide. By fostering an environment of inclusivity, opportunity, and dynamism, Canada paves the way for a brighter, more equitable future where individuals from all walks of life can thrive and realize their fullest potential.

Looking Ahead

Continue to check the government of Canada’s website for the latest updates and information.

Written by: Jessie Butchley, Global Immigration Writer, Envoy Global
Source: Government of Canada

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