Canadian Immigration Minister announced extension of work permit for PGWP Holders
The government of Canada on 17 March 2023 has announced to extend work permits for international graduates with expired or expiring post-graduation work permits (PGWP). It is a substantial move intended to support employers in Canada to gain skilled talent and also provide esteemed work experience to international graduates.
Extension of work permit for PGWP Holders
This new measure will allow foreign graduates to stay in Canada for an extra 18 months and possibly qualify for permanent residency through programs such as the Canadian Experience Class or Provincial Nominee Programs.
What makes this announcement exceptional is that not only will PGWP holders from this facilitative process, but those with already expired PGWPs in 2023 and those eligible for the 2022 facilitative measure will also have the chance to apply for an extended work permit. Moreover, those with expired work permits will be allowed to reinstate their status, even if they are beyond the 90-day restoration period, and will get provisional work authorization while waiting for processing of their new work permit application.
This new update is a vital step in retaining skilled talent in Canada and promoting a diverse and inclusive workforce. With effect from April 6, 2023, this new process will allow PGWP holders to extend their work permits and obtain extra work experience, which will be beneficial for both the employee and the employer.
Canada's Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) program
The Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) program of Canada is a exceptional initiative intended to allow international students who have finished their studies at a Canadian Designated Learning Institution (DLI) to work in Canada and gain valuable work experience. The program allows international graduates to obtain a work permit for a period of time comparable to the length of their study program, up to a maximum of 3 years.