- PGWPs that expire between September 20, 2021 and December 31, 2022 are eligible for the next one-time extension.
- Sean Fraser, the immigration minister, has announced that candidates whose Post-Graduation Work Permit expired between September 20, 2021 and December 31, 2022, are eligible for the extension. The start date of the extension of PGWP was changed from January 2022 to September 2021.
Individuals whose PGWP is about to expire will benefit from the new policy. Changes are also being made to make it easier for CEC candidates who have been unable to apply through Express Entry from September 21, 2021.
In order to satisfy the immigration target and eliminate the backlog of applications, IRCC has held exclusively PNP draws since September 2021. As a result, the PGWP applications were put on hold. According to a recent press statement, the resumption of these draws is scheduled to begin on July 6. Candidates can only apply for PGWP once, and afterwards they must apply for an open work permit.
International student graduates who have completed qualified full-time programmes may apply for an open work permit. This work permit is valid for three years. The new regulation will allow PGWP holders to apply for a new open work permit with an 18-month validity period.
There are no details available about the application process for this new open work permit. Current PGWP holders whose permits may expire may have to apply for a new work permit, abandon their occupations, or leave Canada.
Many PGWP holders are granted permanent residency status each year. Because of their professional experience and Canadian studies, these individuals are well-versed in the Canadian labour market. According to the administration, the new policy will assist more than 50,000 people.