Canada announces additional work rights for international graduates

Canada announces additional work rights for international graduates

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The government of Canada has announced additional work rights for international students completing post-study work permits this year as part of a strategy to fill labour shortages in the country, and will also resume applications for the Express Entry stream of permanent residency.

IRCC said, “These talented and skilled international graduates play a vital role in addressing our labour shortage, and those nearing the end of their post-graduation work permit are already well-integrated into Canada’s labour market and work in key industries across the country.”

It added that tens of thousands of students successfully transition to permanent residency each year, and 157,000 former students became residence in 2021, with 88,000 transitioning directly from a post-graduation work permit.

IRCC also announced that the Express Entry stream for permanent residency, a route often used by international students, will resume and that invitations to apply can begin again in early July.

Invitations to apply to the federal high-skilled migration streams had been paused during the pandemic due to the backlog of applications caused by the pandemic, but IRCC said that the majority of new applications will be processed within the six-month service standard.

Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, said, “With the economy growing faster than employers can hire new workers, Canada needs to look at every option so that we have the skills and labour needed to fuel our growth. Immigration will be crucial to easing our labour shortage, and these measures aim to address pressing needs in all sectors across the country, while providing more opportunities for recent graduates and other applicants to build their lives in Canada and continue contributing to our short-term recovery and long-term prosperity.”

Click here to read the IRCC statement on the new measures.