In a recent development, the Canadian government has announced a new measure that aims to empower temporary foreign workers to pursue their educational dreams and create new opportunities. The Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced a temporary policy change that removes the restrictions on the length of study programs for work permit holders. This measure allows foreign workers to seek additional training and education without the need for a separate study permit.

Effective immediately, temporary foreign workers can now study full-time or part-time, without restrictions on the length of the program, as long as their work permits remain valid or until the expiration of the temporary policy. This three-year measure will enable foreign workers to engage in comprehensive training and education aligned with their career goals. The removal of barriers to skills development has wide-ranging implications. It opens doors for foreign-trained medical professionals, allowing them to contribute to the healthcare system and support their communities. Construction laborers, too, can seize this opportunity to become skilled tradespersons, helping strengthen the nation’s infrastructure and foster local growth.

This immigration measure has far-reaching benefits for all parties involved. By facilitating access to further education and training, the Canadian government is not only empowering foreign workers but also addressing critical labor shortages and supporting employers. With the country’s aging population and the decline in the worker-to-retiree ratio, Canada recognizes the need for robust immigration policies to fuel its future labor force growth. Immigration already accounts for the majority of the country’s population growth, and by 2036, immigrants are projected to represent up to 30% of Canada’s population.

The temporary measure also holds potential benefits for temporary foreign workers seeking permanent residence in Canada through programs like Express Entry. While Canadian work experience gained during full-time study does not count towards eligibility for the Canadian Experience Class, this policy change offers foreign nationals an opportunity to increase their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. By pursuing higher education, gaining qualifying work experience during part-time studies, or improving language proficiency, candidates can enhance their CRS points and increase their chances of receiving an invitation to apply for permanent residence.

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Borders Law firm has provided our company with excellent immigration services. Highly recommend for those who need help or any companies that need to apply for LMIA in Canada. Devika Penekepelapati has deep and thorough knowledge of rules and procedures . She got a few LMIAs and WP approved for our Company. We would not hesitate to recommend the law firm to anyone seeking help with immigration services. Thanking you sincerely Devika and entire Borders Law firm Team.


Excellent Firm..! Always helpful, friendly and honest with their work. My personal thanks to Devika and Yana for providing excellent service. I highly recommend them for any kind of Visa application.

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The team at Borders - specifically Devika and Jenny - were an extraordinary support in navigating the Permanent Residency process. They were responsive and easily available, and incredibly detailed and thorough in their work. I strongly recommend them for anyone navigating the immigration process, and feel so grateful for their expertise and kindness that made a tricky process feel smooth.

Annie Caplan

Devika and John were excellent. They understood how this process would change my life and helped me get to the US. John was extremely kind and thorough. When my employer in the US ended up trying to take advantage of me, they helped me transfer my visa to a new employer and had so much empathy for my situation and now I have a job in California that makes me so happy while helping others. I am beyond grateful for their kindness and service. I will be using them for any changes to my status going forward.

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