Sean Fraser, Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, recently announced that International Graduates with a recently expired or expiring Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) will be eligible for an additional or extended work permit that will allow them to stay longer and gain additional work experience for up to 18 months.

The Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) Program enables overseas graduates to get an Open Work Permit (OWP) to gain significant Canadian job experience as well as prolong their stay and establish possibilities in Canada.

These reforms, which will go into effect on April 6, 2023, will allow Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) holders who want to stay longer to opt into a facilitative process to extend their work permit, allowing Canada to retain high-skilled individuals.

Foreign nationals whose Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) has already expired in 2023, as well as those who were qualified for the 2022 PGWP facilitative measure, will be able to apply for an extra 18-month work permit.

Individuals with expired work permits will be allowed to regain their status, even if they are past the 90-day restoration limit, and will be granted temporary work permits while their new work permit application is processed

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