Today, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada announced that foreign nationals with a recently expired or expiring post-graduation work permit (“PGWP”) will be able to extend their work permit for an additional 18 months.
Who Can Apply?
If you are an international graduate with a recently expired or expiring post-graduation work permit (“PGWP”) you will qualify for an additional or extended work permit to stay longer and gain additional work experience for up to 18 months.
Foreign nationals whose PGWPs have already expired in 2023 and those who were eligible for the 2022 PGWP facilitative measure will also have the opportunity to apply for an additional 18-month work permit.
Those with expired work permits will be able to restore their status, even if they are beyond the 90-day restoration period. These individuals will receive an interim work authorization while awaiting processing of their new work permit application.
The new measures regarding the PGWPs will take effect as of April 6, 2023.
The new policy is notable for PGWP holders who wish to remain in Canada longer and continue to work.
If you require any additional information regarding the extension of PGWPs, please contact us.