The Canadian government announced that it is extending post-graduation work permits for 18 months.

Key Points:

  • Beginning April 6, PGWP holders will be able to opt into a facilitative process to extend their work permits for up to 18 months.
  • Foreign nationals whose PGWP have already expired in 2023 and those who qualify for the 2022 PGWP facilitate measure will also be able to apply for the 18-month extension.
  • Eligible individuals with expired work permits will be able to restore their status even if they are beyond the 90-day restoration period; such individuals will receive interim work authorization while waiting for their new work permit application to be processed.
  • PGWP holders who are eligible for the extension will receive messages to log into their online Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada secure account to apply for the extension and update key personal information.

BAL Analysis: The Canadian government announced the new work measures to address labor shortages and help post-graduate work permit holders retain their right to work in Canada. Canadian authorities have said they will provide application instructions on IRCC’s website in the coming weeks.

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