Canada has introduced a temporary measure to remove restrictions on study program length for temporary foreign workers without a study permit. The goal is to provide more opportunities for foreign workers to pursue additional education and training, improving their career prospects and increasing their chances of obtaining permanent residency. Previously, foreign workers were limited to studying programs of 6 months or less, requiring a separate study permit for longer durations. However, under the new measure, foreign workers can now study full-time or part-time for up to three years without a study permit.

Eligibility Requirements

The temporary measure applies to individuals who currently hold a valid work permit or have pending decisions on work permit extensions as of June 7, 2023. If a foreign worker wishes to study beyond the duration of their work permit, they will still need to apply for a study permit.

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Important Considerations

It’s important to note that Canadian work experience gained during full-time study does not count towards eligibility for the Canadian Experience Class or earn Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points in the Express Entry system. However, this temporary public policy could potentially improve the chances of receiving an invitation to apply for permanent residency through Express Entry. Further studies can help increase CRS scores by obtaining a higher level of education, enhancing language proficiency, gaining qualifying work experience during part-time studies, or acquiring skills for higher-skilled employment.

Effective Date and Expiration

This public policy will be in effect from June 27, 2023, until June 27, 2026.