To support the professional growth of foreign workers, Canada has unveiled a new measure that allows them to improve their skills and education. Effective immediately, foreign workers can now pursue additional training and education that can significantly benefit their careers.
Under this new temporary measure, foreign workers are permitted to study full-time or part-time while their work permits are valid or until the policy expires. Notably, there are no restrictions on the duration of the program, providing them with ample flexibility. This initiative aims to enhance the future job prospects of foreign workers, opening up avenues for potential transition to permanent residence.
The measure applies to individuals holding a valid work permit or awaiting a decision on their work permit extension as of June 7, 2023. However, if foreign workers intend to continue their studies beyond the validity of their work permits, they are still required to apply for a study permit.
Previously, foreign workers could only pursue study programs lasting six months or less while working. They were obligated to obtain a separate study permit to enroll in longer programs. This often posed a barrier for those seeking to enhance their education, receive specialized training, or validate their foreign credentials through specific programs.
In a statement, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) acknowledged the vital contributions of temporary foreign workers to the Canadian economy. It recognized the need to address the limitations they faced.
The IRCC stated, “Each year, Canada benefits from the valuable contributions of numerous temporary foreign workers who bring their expertise to bolster the economy and address crucial labor shortages. Despite their pivotal role in driving Canada’s prosperity, foreign workers often encounter obstacles when seeking to enroll in study programs that align with their aspirations and open doors to fresh prospects.”
It’s important to note that any Canadian work experience obtained during full-time study will not count towards eligibility for the Canadian Experience Class. Furthermore, students will not earn Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points for this work experience.
With this new measure in place, Canada is taking a significant step towards empowering foreign workers to unlock their full potential, bridge skill gaps, and seize opportunities for personal and professional growth.