Canada extended the validity of interim work authorization letters for international graduates

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Interim Work Authorization Letters

Canada has extended the validity of interim work authorization letters for international graduates awaiting work permit decisions from 120 to 180 days. The validity period of interim work authorization letters has been prolonged from 120 days to 180 days. This extension offers international graduates a more substantial timeframe to secure employment opportunities while awaiting their work permit decisions.

The Interim Work Authorization Letters

These letters, issued by Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), allow graduates to work full time while awaiting their work permit decision, provided they applied before their study permit expiry and meet certain conditions. Conditions include:

  • having a valid study permit at the time of application, 
  • completion of the study, 
  • meeting off-campus work requirements, and 
  • not exceeding allowable work hours. 

Holders of interim work authorization can continue working even after leaving and returning to Canada, although a valid temporary resident visa may be required. 

Canada’s decision to extend the validity of interim work authorization letters demonstrates its commitment to supporting international graduates in their career pursuits. This move offers graduates more time and flexibility to explore job opportunities while awaiting their work permit decisions, ultimately contributing to a smoother transition into the Canadian workforce. As international students continue to play a vital role in Canada’s education and labor landscape, such initiatives further solidify Canada’s reputation as a welcoming destination for talent from around the world.

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