Government of Canada Announces Measure for Foreign Workers to Pursue Extended Study Programs

On June 27, 2023, the Government of Canada announced that temporary foreign workers can now enrol in study programs of any length without requiring a separate study permit, effective immediately.

This change allows foreign workers to access additional training and education, enhancing their career prospects and opening doors to potential permanent residence. Previously, foreign workers could only pursue programs of six months or less while working, and a separate study permit is required for longer programs. This restriction posed challenges for those seeking to improve their education, acquire new skills, or validate foreign credentials through specific programs.

Under the new three-year temporary measure, foreign workers can study full-time or part-time throughout the validity of their work permits without limitations on program length.

This temporary measure applies to individuals holding a valid work permit or those who have submitted a work permit renewal application on or before June 7, 2023, and have valid authorization to work. Should foreign workers wish to study beyond the duration of their work permit, they will still need to apply for a study permit.

This initiative aims to encourage temporary foreign workers to pursue extended study programs, fostering personal and professional growth while contributing to Canada's diverse and skilled workforce.

To learn more about this temporary measure, read here: