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New work permit being offered to international students in Canada

posted Jan 8, 2021, 8:46 PM by Milorad Borota   [ updated Jan 9, 2021, 9:33 AM ]
Canadian Press
Stephanie Levitz
Publishing date:Jan 08, 2021 

OTTAWA — International students are being offered a new work permit by the federal government in a bid to convince more to settle here permanently.

Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino says former students who hold post-graduation work permits that have expired or will soon expire can now apply for open work permits.

He says that will allow affected students 18 more months to remain in Canada to try to find jobs.

Applications will be accepted until July 27, 2021.

The existing work permit program allows international postgraduate students to stay in Canada to work for up to three years after they finish studying.

Trying to convince international students to remain in Canada permanently has been a top priority for governments as they look to immigration to deal with persistent labour shortages.

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