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International students at private colleges in Quebec will no longer be eligible for the PGWP

International students graduating from unsubsidized private universities will no longer be eligible for Post Graduation Work Permits PGWPs. The measure is intended to align the French-speaking province with the rest of Canada, preventing it from being exploited as a backdoor to permanent status.

The PGWP is an important step for international students who want to gain the necessary work experience to apply for permanent residency in Canada.

Quebec Immigration Minister Jean Boulet expressed worry that these unsubsidized private universities were drawing students who intended to settle in other parts of the country.

Only graduates of subsidized or public universities will be eligible for the PGWP under new criteria that will take effect on September 1, 2023.

It's basic to act now to safeguard the trustworthiness of our migration approaches, which should support long haul joining into Quebec society," said Boulet

These changes made will allow the international students to study in Quebec and break down the chain of Quebec being used as a bridge to settle in other provinces or territories of Canada.

The decision was made in response to an increase in the number of international students enrolled in unsubsidized colleges.

Non-subsidized institutions awarded 4,900 study licenses between 2016 and 2018, compared to 11,500 between 2019 and 2021.

The flaws were discovered during a Quebec Ministry of Higher Education inquiry into several unsubsidized private institutions.

Boulet and federal Immigration Minister Sean Fraser jointly announced the limiting of access.

Quebec has requested changes in PGWP eligibility criteria to enhance the integrity of the program, further align the private institutions in Quebec too the different provinces and territories, and also to safeguard its reputation as one of the chosen destinations for international students in Canada.

How Long Does a Post-Graduation Work Permit Last?

The length of research affects the validity of a PGWP. An applicant who has studied for fewer than eight months is ineligible.

Length of Study 8 months to 2 years 2 years or more More than one program
Duration of PGWP Same as the length of study 3 years The cumulative total length of study is applicable