On Friday, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced that international graduates who have an expiring post-graduation work permit or with a recently expired work permit can apply for an extended or additional work permit to stay longer for up to 18 months. This will help them gain additional work experience.
Foreign nationals who have an expiring or expired post-graduation work permit will now be able to work in Canada for a longer duration. On Friday, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced that international graduates who have an expiring post-graduation work permit of with a recently expired work permit can apply for an extended or additional work permit to stay longer for up to 18 months. This will help them gain additional work experience.
The Post-graduate work permit
In order to gain valuable Canadian work experience, the Post-graduate work permit program allows international graduates to open an open work permit. However, a PGWP is typically not extendable. Usually, candidates who hold PGWP and wish to extend their stay as a worker in Canada as their PGWP expires are expected to apply for another type of work permit. In 2021 and 2022, the previously adopted public policies provided those with expiring PGWPs the opportunity for an additional work permit.
In order to support employers who continue to face challenges in recruiting workers, Canada is using every tool in their toolbox. Moreover, international graduates whose work permit has expired or is expiring are provided with some additional time to stay in Canada. This will help them gain valuable work experience and will enable them to qualify for permanent residency.
As this is a period of economic recovery and growth, unprecedented challenges are faced by employers in finding and retaining workers. This move will help the filling of the crucial labor gaps. From April 6, 2023, PGWP holders who wish to stay longer can opt for an extension to their work permit. This will allow the retention of high-skilled talent in Canada. Messages about logging into their online IRCC Secure Account will be received by eligible PGWP holders from April 6. They can update their key personal information in it.
Foreign Nationals with expired PGWP permits
Foreign nationals with expired PGWP permits in 2023 and are eligible for the PGWP 2022 facilitative measure can also avail themselves of the opportunity to apply for an additional PGWP work permit for 18 months. Their status will be restored. If they are beyond the 90-day restoration period, while awaiting the processing of their new work permit application, they will receive interim work authorization.
Eligible applications can continue their contributions to the Canadian economy through the additional work permits. They will also be able to gain valuable work experience and gain an opportunity to apply for permanent residence. According to the IRCC, international graduates are an important source of future permanent residents. In 2021, there was a transition to more than 157,000 which is the highest number. The second highest was in 2022 which is nearly 95,000.
More than 286,000 international graduates were in Canada at the end of 2022. They had a valid post-graduation work permit. In 2023, about 127,000 PGWPs expire. However, 67,000 PGWP holders have already reapplied for permanent residency. Thus, through this initiative, they need not extend their work permit.
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