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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Post-Graduation Work Permit for International Students Studying in Canada

Posted by jjme

Good news for prospective students who are looking to further their studies in Canada. Recently the Government of Canada introduced changes to work permits for international students, making Canada more attractive for skilled individuals.
"Effective immediately, and for the first time, these international students would be able to obtain an open work permit under the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program, with no restrictions on the type of employment and no requirement for a job offer. In addition, the duration of the work permit has been extended to three years across the country. Previously, the program only allowed international students to work for one or two years, depending on location."

Additionally, this change will increase the opportunity for international graduates to become permanent residents of Canada. The immigration process is very strict and cumbersome, but I think the government is slowly taking steps to increase the chances of attracting foreign skilled workers to contribute to the growth of Canada.

Link to official announcement by the Government of Canada --> HERE.

A side note:
When I first came to Canada for post-secondary education, international students were not allowed to work legally in Canada. Yes, not even part-time jobs to help pay for school fees and expensive living costs. It's a tough student life, especially without being able to work part-time as in Canada. Apart from this recent change, last year the government introduced an "On-campus work permit" that will allow foreign university students to work part-time jobs. The validity of this permit is tied to the study permit, but at least now students can legally gain additional income to support themselves for the time being. Phew! I am glad to see these positive changes :)
End side note

In short, fear not for post-graduation employment woes in Canada, if you are or planning to be an international student . I believe that working in Canada is an eye-opening experience and the work culture is totally different to that of the Malaysian workforce.

P.S. - If you would like to know more about living and studying in Canada, I will be more than willing to share that information here. I am usually very busy at work and I hardly have the time to blog ... sorry! And so it will be more convenient for me if you request a specific topic. At the same time, I will still try my best to update with new posts regularly.

Stay tuned!
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  1. Dear jjme,

    I have a question regarding residence especially the Lister Hall and HUB or outside apartment in University of Alberta. I hope you can give me your email address, so that we can discuss this in more detail. I am a prospective candidate for PhD in Alberta University.

    UTP Malaysia.
    Email: salmanelectric@gmail.com

  2. Dear JJME,

    hi my name is Fei from KL, i'm considering pursuing my studies in University of Calgary (just south of red deer i think??? :) and i would like to get in touch with you to find out about life in canada and how u cope etc... i know, its gonna be like my first time away from home for a long time!!! :/

    do let me know how we could get in touch, thank you!


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