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March 21, 2023

IRCC Announces Work Permit Extension For International Workers

In case you don’t know, the Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) allows international students to acquire Canadian work experience, ultimately helping them secure permanent resident status.

Now Sean Fraser, Canada’s Immigration Minister, has stated that anyone whose Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) is about to expire will be able to go for an Open Work Permit extension from 6 April 2023.

What’s important to note here is that this extension can be availed of by anyone whose PGWP expires in 2023. Plus, it will be available for people who applied for an Open Work Permit extension last year after their PGWP expired in 2022.

Candidates can apply to get the extension through the official website of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada from 6 April. Applicants will receive an email with an interim work permit authorization they can use to keep working in Canada legally.

Furthermore, anyone whose legal status in Canada has already expired can also go for this work permit extension to have their status restored even if their situation violates IRCC’s 90-day grace period policy. As a result, such individuals can have their status restored while securing an interim Open Work Permit authorization at the same time.

In addition to this, IRCC has also claimed that it will alert people eligible for the extension through messages and invite them to log in to their online IRCC Account from 6 April.

We hope you found this information helpful. Follow our blogs for the latest updates and informative content on Canadian immigration.

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