Canada opens door wider for foreign students, workers

posted on February 25, 2021

February 16, 2021

By New Canadian Media, Asian Pacific Post

Canada facing unprecedented lows in immigration is opening its doors wider to attract and retain skills and talents from around the world.
On Valentine’s day eve, the government announced that it will be sending out letters to approximately 27,300 migrant workers with Canadian experience inviting them to apply for permanent residence.

A day earlier, Ottawa announced that international students who complete their entire postsecondary program online will now be eligible for the three-year open work permit after graduation. Previously online learning could not count towards a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) application.

The announcements come in the wake of government data released last week that showed the lowest immigration intake last year since the late 1990s. Canada added 184,370 permanent residents in 2020, down from 341,175 a year earlier. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government had targeted 341,000 newcomers in 2020.

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