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This article was originally published on March 21, 2023, and was updated on April 13, 2023, to reflect new information.

April 13, 2023, Update: The government of Canada published information on eligibility and the application process for post-graduate work permit holders seeking an extension to an open work permit. To be eligible, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Hold a post-graduation work permit (PGWP) that expired or will expire between September 20, 2021, and December 31, 2023;
    • If the PGWP is valid, the work permit will be issued for up to 18 months from the start of the current PGWP expiration date or passport expiration date.
    • If the PGWP has expired, the work permit will be issued for up to 18 months from the date the application is approved or until the passport expires, whichever comes first.
    • To maximize the duration of the open work permit, ensure the passport is valid for at least 18 months from either the PGWP expiration date (if the PGWP is valid) or the date the application is approved (if the PGWP has expired)
  • Hold a valid passport.

For further information on the application process, check here.

Original Post From March 21, 2023:

Key Points

  • Canada will extend the period of stay granted to recent international graduates holding a post-graduate work permit beginning April 6, 2023


The government of Canada announced that international graduates who possess a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) that has recently expired or is due to expire soon would be eligible for an extension or a new work permit beginning April 6, 2023. This will allow qualified individuals to remain in Canada for an additional 18 months.

The PGWP Program provides international graduates with an open work permit that enables them to gain invaluable Canadian work experience.

International graduates whose PGWP expired in 2023 or who were eligible for the 2022 PGWP measure can apply for an extra 18-month work permit. Qualified applicants can obtain a temporary work permit while the new application is processed, even if the original work permit expired more than 90 days prior.

What are the Changes?

The government of Canada has announced that international graduates with expiring PGWPs can now apply for an 18-month extension or a new work permit. This will take effect from April 6, 2023. According to the announcement, these measures were taken to protect international graduates, who play a vital role in the future of Canada’s economy.

Looking Ahead

Continue to check the Government of Canada’s website for the latest updates and information.

Written by: Jessie Butchley, Global Immigration Writer, Envoy Global
Source: Government of Canada

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