Foreign graduates having a post-graduation work permit (PGWP) that has recently expired or is about to expire may be eligible for an additional or extended work permit that will allow them to stay longer for up to 18 months.
These provisions will go into effect on April 6, 2023, and will enable Canada to retain highly trained workers by allowing PGWP holders who choose to stay longer to opt in to a facilitative process to extend their work permit.
Foreign nationals who were qualified for the 2022 PGWP facilitative measure and whose PGWP had already expired in 2023 will also be able to apply for an additional 18-month work permit. Even after the 90-day restoration window has passed, those with expired work permits can still have their status back.
How long is the extension period?
The new permit will extend your right to work in Canada, but you need to stay aware of your situation, because the amount of time of the extension will depend if:
Passport validity is important for this application, as it determines how much time you’re granted for the extension.
Can I still apply if I don’t have temporary resident status?
Yes. If you’ve lost your temporary resident status, you’re still eligible for the new Canadian open work permit, but you must apply to restore your status at the same time.
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