International students rights groups keep advocating to make PGWP renewable


Various groups of international student rights advocates keep attracting public attention to the problem of dozens of thousands of international graduates whose Post Graduate Work Permits have expired or about to expire. Those graduates of Canadian post-secondary schools are stuck in limbo as many of them lost their jobs due to the pandemic of COVID-19 before they earned enough work experience to qualify for immigration. Having invested a lot of funds, efforts and time in obtaining a degree or diploma and planning to become permanent residents, now those students face the risk of returning home. According to the terms of Immigration legislation, Post Graduate Work Permits are LMIA-exempt work permits that can be issued only once. It is not possible to renew them. “Migrant Students United” and similar groups demand Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino change the law.