A new policy was announced for former international students in Canada who have an expiring Post-Graduate Work Permit. This policy allows them to obtain a one time work permit extension for 18 months.
Immigration, Refugee & Citizenship Canada is now accepting applications submitted by former international students who for the PGWP extension if their Post-Graduation Work Permit is expired or about to expire.
This PGWP extension will enable international students to stay in canada and continue to look for work. As this is an Open Work permit, it is not tied to any single employer in Canada and Work Permit holders can work for any employer they choose.
Eligibility Criteria for PGWP Extension
To apply for an Open Work Permit, the former international student must meet specific criteria met by IRCC as follows:
- have a PGWP that expired on or after January 30, 2020, or a PGWP that expires in 4 months or less from the date of application;
- be in Canada;
- have a valid temporary status or be applying to restore your status;
- have a valid passport.
This new policy is part of Canada’s efforts to attract international students to stay in Canada as permanent residents. A PGWP is essential in helping an international student in Canada to gain skilled work experience that eventually helps them in applying for their PR.
Students who complete their studies in Canada at a DLI may apply a PGWP for up to 3 years. COVID-19 has put recently graduated students in a difficult position where they are not able to gain the Canadian experience they need to apply for Permanent Residency. A significant number of new graduates have not been able to secure work, been laid off, or seen a reduction in their working hours. The Canadian government hopes to help international students with this foreign policy and by introducing measures to address the decline in the number of international students who have been able to study, live and work in Canada during the pandemic.
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