On June 27, 2023, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced a new temporary measure to eliminate the limit on the duration of study programs for temporary foreign workers without requiring a study permit.
Effective immediately, foreign workers will now have the chance to pursue additional training and education to enhance their careers. This measure aims to broaden their future employment prospects and increase their chances of transitioning to permanent residency. Previously, foreign workers were only permitted to study in programs lasting 6 months or less while working, requiring a separate study permit for longer programs. This is a barrier for those foreign workers who are seeking to enhance their education and get more training.
Under this temporary measure, which spans 3 years, foreign workers can enroll in full-time or part-time studies for the duration of their valid work permits or until the policy expires, without any limitations on program length.
This temporary measure is applicable to individuals who have a valid work permit or have submitted an application to renew their work permit on or before June 7, 2023, and have the authorization to work. If a foreign worker intends to study beyond the duration of their work permit, they still need to apply for a study permit.