Now temporary resident visa has been discontinued by the government of Canada
On February 28, 2023, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) started this policy to make it convenient and faster the processing of TRVs to tackle the inventory that grew during the COVID-19 pandemic. The policy has become successful in clearing most of the older TRV cases in our inventory and has helped IRCC deliver on its commitment to increase the processing of TRV applications.
The termination of this policy would not impact those who were already issued a visa, and they can travel to Canada until the visa expiry date
The action is taken by IRCC to reduce processing times and address the accumulated inventory in our system. We’re continuing to process TRVs as quickly as possible to respond to the increasing number of people who want to visit Canada.
Increased Working Hours for Students
Normally, students, from different part of the world, are only permitted to work off-campus for 20 hours per week during regular semesters, and 40 hours per week during breaks, like summer vacation. In the fall of 2022, a new temporary measure was implemented which offered to overseas students to allowed work an unlimited number of hours during the session.
This change was only meant to last until December 2023. However, the rising work hours measure has now been escalated until April 30, 2024! The government also left the door open to permanently increasing the weekly working hours limit in the future, even though, there is nothing official update has been announced yet.
This means that now international students can earn more income and gain further work experience while their stay in Canada.
Post-Graduation Work Permit
In the previous time period, international students had to graduate from an eligible Canadian program to apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP). During the COVID-19 time, however, international students had the opportunities to complete up to 50% of their studies online. This change is still in effect for students applying for a program before September 1, 2024. However, it’s notable that this PGWP policy will not have any upcoming extensions beyond that date.
New Study Permit Application Form is Lounched
Canada’s study permit application process has become easier! As of December 1, 2023, a new version of the study permit application form (IMM1294) is available. The old form will be discontinued , so if you’re applying through the IRCC secure account, make sure to use this updated form for submissions.