IRCC allows new open work permit for Expiring PGWP Holders
The Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has allowed a new open work permit for expiring PGWP holders. This one-time opportunity will provide eligible applicants with the chance to work in Canada for up to 18 months, irrespective of the type of work they are doing or the location of their employer.
It is vital to note that the eligibility conditions for the new open work permit is specific to people whose PGWP expired or will expire between September 20, 2021, and December 31, 2023. If you are an eligible applicant, you can choose to apply for the simplified process to extend your work permit, apply to extend your work permit, or get a new one to restore your status. It is advisable to cautiously assess the eligibility conditions and application process before deciding which option is best for you.
Overall, this new open work permit initiative is an exceptional opportunity for international students to acquire valuable work experience and contribute to Canada's economy. This initiative also showcases Canada's commitment to supporting foreign students in Canada and endorsing diversity and inclusivity in the workforce.
The Post-Graduation Work Permit of Canada allows international students who have accomplished a full-time program of study at a designated Canadian post-secondary institution to obtain valuable Canadian work experience.
To be eligible for a PGWP, you need to have finished a full-time program of study that was at least 8 months in duration and have graduated from a designated learning institution (DLI) in Canada. You must also have a lawful study permit when you apply for the PGWP and apply within 180 days of getting written validation of completing your program of study.
The duration of the PGWP issued will depend on the length of your study program. If your study program was less than two years but minimum 8 months, you may be eligible for a PGWP that is valid for the same length as your study program. If your study program was 2 years or more, you may be qualified for a PGWP that is valid for up to 3 years.