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Study Authorization Extended for Work Permit Holders: Unlocking New Opportunities in Canada

Discover the latest immigration news that will transform the future of work permit holders in Canada. The Canadian government has introduced a groundbreaking temporary measure that removes the limit on the length of study programs for temporary foreign workers. This initiative aims to empower individuals to pursue their dreams, gain additional training, and open doors to new career opportunities.

Key Points:

  • Starting immediately, work permit holders can enroll in study programs of any length without requiring a study permit.
  • Please note that any Canadian work experience gained during a period of full-time study does not count toward eligibility for the Canadian Experience Class.
  • Additionally, students cannot earn Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points for work experience gained during full-time study.
  • Full-time or part-time studies are now permitted while the work permit is valid or until the expiration of the policy.
  • This measure supports the career aspirations of foreign workers, expands job prospects, and facilitates the transition to permanent residence.
  • Those with a valid work permit or who have submitted an application for renewal on or before June 7, 2023, and are authorized to work are eligible for this opportunity.
  • Foreign workers wishing to study beyond the duration of their work permit must still apply for a study permit.


  • Enhance your skills and knowledge through additional training and education.
  • Improve your career prospects and explore new job opportunities.
  • Increase your chances of receiving an invitation to apply for permanent residence through Express Entry.
  • Boost your CRS score by achieving a higher level of education or gaining qualifying work experience during part-time studies.
  • Develop language proficiency and acquire higher-skilled employment through enhanced skills acquired during further studies.

The study authorization extension for work permit holders represents a significant milestone in Canada’s commitment to fostering talent and addressing critical labor shortages. This temporary measure paves the way for a brighter future for temporary foreign workers, strengthening the economy and building thriving communities. Stay informed and take advantage of this exciting opportunity to unlock your potential.