The Canadian government has announced that it will extend the post-graduation work permit (PGWP) for international students for an additional 18 months, as well as reopening an application route for Express Entry Canada permanent residence applications after clearing the majority of an application backlog caused by COVID travel restrictions.
This summer, Express Entry VISA will reopen.
International students will be eligible to apply for permanent residence through Express Entry, which includes immigration streams like the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, and the Canadian Experience Class, starting in early July. “The vast majority of new applications will be processed within the 6-month service standard,” the ministry predicts.
According to the official press release,
- Applicants will no longer be required to remain in Canada while their application is being processed.
- Applicants who apply for an open work permit while waiting for their permanent residence application to be finalised will be able to get work permits valid until the end of 2024. This will ensure that all permanent residence applications will be finalised before applicants will need to apply to extend their temporary status again.
- To support family reunification, immediate family members who are outside Canada and who were included in a principal applicant’s permanent residence application will be eligible for their own open work permit.
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How To Apply for Express Entry Canada Visa
Step 1: Find out if you’re eligible
There are 2 ways to find out if you’re eligible for a program that is part of Express Entry:
- answer a few questions to see if you meet the minimum requirements
- read the detailed requirements for each program
Step 2: Check your score
If you’re eligible for one or more of the Express Entry programs and submit your profile, you’ll be ranked in the Express Entry pool using the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).
The CRS is a points-based system we use to
- assess and score your profile and
- rank it in the Express Entry pool
To be invited, you need to have a score above the minimum points score for your round of invitations.
Step 3: Get your documents ready
If you decide to fill out a profile, you’ll need documents, such as language test results, to show you’re eligible for Express Entry.
Some documents take a long time to get, so you should get them ready early.
Step 4: Fill out your profile
Your Express Entry profile is where you give us information about yourself.
If you’re eligible, we’ll accept you into our pool of candidates and give you a CRS score.
Step 5: Get an invitation and apply
We send invitations to apply to the candidates with the highest scores in the pool. If we invite you to apply, you’ll have 60 days to submit your application.https://e8e45497be5913eaa8ebfc235d8988bb.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html
We’ll process most complete applications that have all supporting documents in 6 months or less.