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Get to Know the Latest Updates on PGWP Extensions

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada announced a temporary public policy to help international graduates extend their Post-Graduate Work Permit (PGWP). The initiation was highly appreciated by the student community. Canadian immigration minister had re-introduced this policy, offering graduates to apply for an additional open work permit so that they can extend their status in Canada in 2021 as a response to the after-effects of COVID-19 on the Canadian labour market.

Again in 2022, the Canadian Government will re-introduce the same policy to help former international students who are in Canada. Regarding the expiration of PGWP between January to December in 2022, students will be able to qualify for the next 18 months to work in the Canadian market.

18-Month PGWP Extension Public Policy for Canadian Graduates: Know More About It

The intention of the Canadian Government behind this PGWP extension is to offer more opportunities to the students who have graduated from Canadian institutions. It will enable them to gain work experience that may get qualified for permanent residence in Canada etc.

According to the recent announcement, roughly 95,000 post-graduation work permits will expire between 31 January and 31 December 2022, and this PGWP extension will benefit more than 50,000 applicants. It is because thousands of students already have permanent work permits in Canada, and the remaining will also get this opportunity.

Immigration Options for International Graduates in 2022:

In a recent interview, Immigration Minister Sean Fraser declared that he intends to offer flexibility to international students by considering their studies as a “springboard” to permanent residency. It is simply a step towards settling the international students in Canada as permanent settlers.

It is because, in recent times, Canada has been facing a significant worker shortage. It has been reported that there are more than one million job vacancies in Canada presently. It simply means that the Canadian economy is highly based on international students as a source of labour, especially in this post-pandemic scenario, similar to the pandemic time when international students proved them as the Canadian workforce.

Who Are Eligible for PGWP Extension 2022?

If you want to apply for an open work permit, make sure you meet specific criteria as follows:

  • You need to be in Canada.
  • You have a valid temporary status or be applying to restore your status.
  • You have a valid passport.
  • You apply before the deadline.
  • You have a PGWP that will expire between 31 January to 31 December 2022.


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