Ottawa allows international graduates to stay in Canada for another 18 months

OTTAWA- International students who have graduated from Canadian post-secondary schools will be able to stay longer in Canada now that the federal government has offered a temporary program to help them qualify for permanent residency.

Immigration Secretary Sean Fraser said on Friday that graduates with work permits expiring in 2022 will be eligible for an extension of up to 18 months from this summer.

The minister said details about the accelerated process have not yet been finalized and are expected to be released in the coming weeks.

Fraser will also reopen quick-entry draws in July for those looking to become permanent residents.

During the pandemic, the government has suspended applications for programs such as the Canadian Experience Class and Federal Skilled Workers and Federal Skilled Trade Classes to help catch up.

The government says the “vast majority” of new applications for these classes will be processed within the six-month service standard.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on April 22, 2022.

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