Updated: Mar 25
The Canadian government has announced new measures to address the challenges that employers are facing in finding and retaining workers during the economic recovery and growth period. These measures will extend work permits for foreign nationals with recently expired or expiring post-graduation work permits (PGWP). This will allow PGWP holders to stay longer and gain additional work experience for up to 18 months, starting from April 6, 2023.
The facilitative process will also enable those who were eligible for the 2022 PGWP measure and those whose PGWP expired in 2023 to apply for an additional 18-month work permit. Even if their work permit has expired beyond the 90-day restoration period, they will be able to restore their status and receive interim work authorization while waiting for their new work permit application to be processed.
Talented and skilled international graduates play a vital role in addressing Canada's labour shortage, and these graduates are already well-integrated into the Canadian labour market. The additional work permit will allow eligible applicants to continue contributing to the Canadian economy while preparing for the opportunity to apply for permanent residence. This move will ultimately allow Canada to retain high-skilled talent and support economic growth.
PGWP holders who are eligible for the facilitative process will soon receive messages about logging into their online IRCC Secure Account, starting April 6, 2023, to opt-in and update key personal information. IRCC is aware of issues that some PGWP holders experienced with the facilitative process used in 2022. The new public policy will allow anyone who was eligible under the 2022 initiative to apply for an open work permit and restore their status. Instructions on applying will be available on IRCC's website in the weeks ahead.
International graduates are an essential source of future permanent residents, with tens of thousands successfully transitioning to permanent residence each year. At the end of 2022, more than 286,000 international graduates were in Canada with valid post-graduation work permit. About 127,000 PGWPs expire in 2023, though approximately 67,000 PGWP holders have already applied for permanent residence and won't need to extend their work permit through this initiative.
𝑰𝒏 𝒔𝒖𝒎𝒎𝒂𝒓𝒚, 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒔𝒆 𝒎𝒆𝒂𝒔𝒖𝒓𝒆𝒔 𝒘𝒊𝒍𝒍 𝒆𝒏𝒂𝒃𝒍𝒆 𝒇𝒐𝒓𝒆𝒊𝒈𝒏 𝒏𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏𝒂𝒍𝒔 𝒕𝒐 𝒄𝒐𝒏𝒕𝒊𝒏𝒖𝒆 𝒘𝒐𝒓𝒌𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒊𝒏 𝑪𝒂𝒏𝒂𝒅𝒂, 𝒈𝒂𝒊𝒏 𝒗𝒂𝒍𝒖𝒂𝒃𝒍𝒆 𝒘𝒐𝒓𝒌 𝒆𝒙𝒑𝒆𝒓𝒊𝒆𝒏𝒄𝒆, 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒑𝒓𝒆𝒑𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒐𝒑𝒑𝒐𝒓𝒕𝒖𝒏𝒊𝒕𝒚 𝒕𝒐 𝒂𝒑𝒑𝒍𝒚 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒑𝒆𝒓𝒎𝒂𝒏𝒆𝒏𝒕 𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒊𝒅𝒆𝒏𝒄𝒆. 𝑻𝒉𝒆𝒔𝒆 𝒎𝒆𝒂𝒔𝒖𝒓𝒆𝒔 𝒘𝒊𝒍𝒍 𝒂𝒍𝒔𝒐 𝒉𝒆𝒍𝒑 𝒂𝒅𝒅𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒔 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒍𝒂𝒃𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒔𝒉𝒐𝒓𝒕𝒂𝒈𝒆, 𝒓𝒆𝒕𝒂𝒊𝒏 𝒉𝒊𝒈𝒉-𝒔𝒌𝒊𝒍𝒍𝒆𝒅 𝒕𝒂𝒍𝒆𝒏𝒕, 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒔𝒖𝒑𝒑𝒐𝒓𝒕 𝒆𝒄𝒐𝒏𝒐𝒎𝒊𝒄 𝒈𝒓𝒐𝒘𝒕𝒉.
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