Canada to Extend Work Permits for International Graduates to Address Labour Shortage

Lejia Feng Citizenship & Immigration, Employment, Newcomer Information, Settlement News

Employers in Canada are experiencing unprecedented challenges in finding and retaining the workers they need for economic recovery and growth. In response to this, Government of Canada has announced that foreign nationals with recently expired or expiring post-graduation work permits (PGWP) will now qualify for an extended work permit to remain longer and gain more work experience, for up to 18 months.

Starting from April 6, 2023, this initiative will allow PGWP holders who wish to stay longer to apply for an extension through a facilitative process. This will also help Canada to retain high-skilled talent in the country. Foreign nationals whose PGWP expired in 2023 or were eligible for the 2022 PGWP facilitative measure will also have the opportunity to apply for an additional 18-month work permit. Even those whose work permits have already expired beyond the 90-day restoration period can restore their status and receive an interim work authorization while awaiting processing of their new work permit application.

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