Individuals with expired or expiring post-graduation work permits will be eligible to continue working in Canada for an extended period.
On March 17, 2023, Minister of IRCC Sean Fraser made a new announcement about international graduates – Those who have expiring or recently expired post-graduate work permits will be eligible for work in Canada for an additional extended period. This can help foreign nationals to gain more experience and stay longer in Canada.
Foreign nationals whose PGWP already expired in 2023 and those qualifying for the 2022 PGWP facilitative measure can apply for an additional 18-month work permit. Even if they have exceeded the 90-day restoration period, those with expired work permits can restore their status. Additionally, they can obtain an interim work authorization while awaiting the processing of their new work permit application.
As of April 6, 2023, PGWP holders can participate in a streamlined process for extending their work permit, enabling Canada to retain valuable high-skilled talent.
Skilled foreign graduates play a significant role in filling Canada’s labor market shortage. Moreover, those nearing the end of their PGWP have already established themselves well in Canada. The extra work permit will enable eligible candidates to keep contributing to the Canadian economy. While acquiring valuable skills and work experience. This will also help them in preparing for the chance to apply for permanent residency.
If you want to plan your longer stay in Canada, GLC can guide you through all the steps of this process.