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Key Points

  • Canada introduced a new policy that will allow recent international graduates with expiring temporary status to apply for an additional open work permit of up to 18 months

Overview

The government of Canada announced that it would introduce a new policy that will allow recent international graduates with expiring temporary status to apply for an additional open work permit of up to 18 months. This measure will apply to international students in Canada who have a post-graduation work permit that will expire between January and December 2022.

The government of Canada also announced that it would extend measures to allow visitors in Canada to apply for an employer-specific work permit without being required to leave the country until February 28, 2023.

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What are the Changes?

The government of Canada announced that it would allow eligible international graduates with expiring temporary status to apply for an open work permit that will enable them to remain in Canada for 18 months. Visitors who entered Canada in August 2020 under an employer-specific work permit will also be able to stay in Canada until February 28, 2023. The government stated that this would provide these individuals with more time to remain in Canada, gain work experience, and qualify for permanent residency.

Looking Ahead

The government has not yet announced the exact date for when this process will begin and is currently exploring options to simplify and expedite processing times for eligible applicants. 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: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

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