Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is implementing measures for former international students with expired or expiring post-graduation work permits, and for temporary resident to permanent resident pathway applicants. These measures are building off the announcement made earlier this year.

Foreign nationals whose post-graduation work permit expired or will expire from September 20, 2021, to December 31, 2022, will have the opportunity to work in Canada for an additional 18 months by either extending their work permit or applying for a new one. Those currently in Canada will also have the ability to work in the interim period while their permit is being extended or a new one is being issued.

Learn more. 

Are you an international student looking for support when it comes to housing, employment and settling in BC? The Affiliation of Multicultural Societies and Service Agencies (AMSSA) provides an info sheet with key links and contacts for the following topics:

  • Learning, living and working in BC, including work permits, career planning and job search
  • Housing support and where to go for help
  • Financial aid
  • Low cost legal support
  • Employment safety, rights and responsibilities
View Info Sheet

There is also an overview of immigration pathways for international students.
Visit the AMSSA website for additional information and supports if you are an international student in BC.

Do your plans this spring include studying abroad, either in-person or virtually? Apply now for a chance to receive a CAD$500 scholarship to enhance your learning experience. BC Study Abroad Scholarships are now accepting applications.

Any student enrolled at a BC Study Abroad Consortium institution, who is enrolled in or accepted into a short-term, in-person or virtual exchange study abroad program is eligible to apply. Deadline for applications is Friday, March 4, 2022.

For more information or scholarship details, visit the BC Study Abroad Financial Aid page or contact

BC Study Abroad is excited to announce the launch of its seventh annual BC Study Abroad Photo Contest. We are inviting all students who have previously studied abroad to share their favourite study abroad photo memories for a chance to win a GoPro Hero 8 (sponsored by Study and Go Abroad!).

Each photo submitted will count as an entry. You can enter as many photos as you want to increase your chances of winning. Submit using the online BC Study Abroad Photo Contest form.

Deadline for entry is October 15, 2021. For contest details, visit the contest page.

Want some inspiration? Visit the BCSA Instagram page to see past contest photo submissions.

Good luck!