Canada has announced additional benefits for international students studying in the country as well as the resumption of its Express Entry draws for Canadian Experience Class (CEC), Federal Skilled Worker (FSW), and Federal Skilled Trades (FST) candidates in early July.
Immigration minister Sean Fraser announced a new temporary policy that will give recent international graduates with expiring temporary status an opportunity to extend their stay in Canada, so they can continue to gain work experience and have a better chance at qualifying for permanent residency.
Starting in the summer of 2022, international students in Canada who have a post-graduation work permit expiring between January and December 2022 will qualify for an additional open work permit valid for up to 18 months. “We are exploring a simplified, expeditious process for this, and details will be made available in the weeks ahead,” states IRCC.
Canada also announced the resumption of its Express Entry draws for Canadian Experience Class (CEC), Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) and Federal Skilled Trades (FST) candidates in early July, to help fill over a million job vacancies in the country.
The vast majority of new Express Entry applications will be processed within the six-month service standard. According to IRCC, current Express Entry processing times range from seven months to in excess