Canadian government extends PGWP for international students

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  • June 28, 2022

The upcoming one-time extension of the Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) will apply to holders whose work permits expire between October 1, 2021 and December 31, 2022.

Immigration Minister Sean Fraser extended the eligibility start date of the previously-announced PGWP extension from January, 2022 to September, 2021.


Benefits of the Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) extension

Any person with a PGWP that is about to expire can benefit from this new policy. The change is primarily designed to accommodate Canadian Experience Class (CEC) candidates who have not been able to apply for immigration through Express Entry since September 21, 2021. As part of its efforts to address the backlog in immigration applications, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada paused draws for these candidates, often PGWP holders. These draws are expected to resume on July 6.

PGWPs are usually a one-time deal. International student graduates of eligible full-time programs may obtain open work permits for up to three years. With the new measure, eligible holders of PGWP will be able to apply for a new open work permit for up to 18 months. In April, the special measure was announced; however, details on how to apply are still unavailable.

The current PGWP holders whose permit will expire may either have to apply for a new work permit, leave their jobs, and may also have to leave Canada.

Meanwhile, PGWP holders are seeing their documents expire, potentially putting them in precarious situations They may have to get a new work permit, quit their jobs, or even leave Canada.

There are many PGWP holders who become permanent residents every year. Since they studied and worked in Canada, they are well integrated into the Canadian labour market. More than 88,000 PGWP holders became permanent residents in 2021.

According to government reports, more than 50,000 people could benefit from this measure.

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