Post-graduate work permit rules for international students: Student’s personal experience

Post-graduate work permit rules for international students: Student’s personal experience

She is a Russian citizen who came in Canada on a study permit. She is graduated with Bachelor of Commerce from Ryerson University.

In winter 2017, she enrolled into four courses until a family member had fell ill. And she had to drop two of the four courses.

After, graduation, she submitted her PGWP application for the first time which got refusal in Dec 2020. A month later, she reapplied new PGWP application with the help of an immigration consultant explaining the circumstances during the  winter semester and why she had to drop the courses and She included a letter from a Ryerson International Student Support Advisor on the same.

Reasons for the refusal:

  • Ryerson University calls full-time student status as the students enrolled in four classes per semester
  • The student must maintain full-time student status throughout each of the academic semester to qualify for a PGWP 
  • Tcerkovnaia had completed 2 courses out of 4 during that winter semester

4 things for international students to know while submitting a new PGWP application:

Keep receipts

A paper trail is a written proof about something in your location. Tcerkovnaia had support of her college in this.

 Don’t wait until the last minute

Give time to yourself while applying for PGWP. When you have 180 days after graduation to apply for PGWP, remember submit your degree or diploma certificate, transcripts and an official letter from your college when making new applications.

Determine how a “full-time student” is defined

Some schools may require 3 courses per semester while others may require 4 and talking  to student advisor about full-time student course load, Whenever possible, request for official written statement from your school/college

The number of leaves permitted by international students to be considered full time students is 150 days of leaves.

Stay updated with the latest immigration rules

Checking  the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s website for all the latest information about study permit guidelines.

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