Canada Extends PGWPs of International Graduates to work in Canada for longer
Canada Extends PGWPs of International Graduates to work in Canada for longer on March 17, 2023, Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), announced that international graduates with expired or expiring post-graduation work permits (PGWP) could apply for an additional work permit for up to 18 months.
Starting April 6, 2023, PGWP holders who want to stay in Canada longer and those whose PGWPs have already expired in 2023 will be eligible for a new permit. Foreign nationals who have exceeded the 90-day restoration period will also be able to restore their status and receive interim work authorization.
Foreign nationals who were eligible for the 2022 PGWP facilitative measure and whose PGWP had already expired in 2023 will also be eligible to apply for an additional 18-month work permit. Even if the 90-day restoration period ends, those who have expired work permits are able to obtain their status restored. They will additionally receive an interim work authorization while waiting for their new work permit application to be processed.
In order to address Canada’s labor shortage, talented and skilled international graduates are vital, and those who are nearing the end of their PGWP are already integrating well into the Canadian labor market. The additional work permit will enable qualified candidates to continue assisting the Canadian economy, gain important work experience, and get ready to submit an application for permanent residence.
The Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship stated:
“We have to make use of every tool in our toolbox to help employers who continue to have challenges finding the employees they need to grow. At the same time, we’re offering graduates with expiring or expired work permits some extra time to stay in Canada so they can gain valuable work experience and possibly meet the criteria needed to become permanent residents.”
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