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Posted on April 08 2023

Is your work permit expiring? You can now apply for Canada Open Work Permit

By Editor
Updated May 10 2023

Highlights: PGWP holders can now be eligible for an 18-month Open Work Permit

  • Some current and former PGWP holders may become eligible for an 18-month Open Work Permit.
  • Under the new permit, candidates can choose a simplified process to extend their work permit.
  • Candidates can work in the country for an additional 18 months with the new work permit.
  • During this period, candidates can choose their employer and occupation.
  • Almost 98,000 PGWP holders transitioned to permanent residence in 2022.

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A few PGWP holders can apply for Open Work Permit

A few current and former Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) holders may become eligible for an 18-month Open Work Permit from April 6, 2023. One can apply for the Open Work Permit till December 31, 2023.

Benefits of obtaining the Open Work Permit

The Open Work Permit will benefit the candidates in many ways, including their ability to work for any employer and any occupation they choose in the country for 18 additional months.

According to the IRCC’s website, the eligible candidates are entitled to be able to:

  • Choose a simplified process to extend their work permit
  • Apply for the extension of their work permit
  • Apply for restoration of their status and get a new work permit

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What is the new Open Work Permit extension?

Usually, PGWPs are not renewable, but Canadian Immigration Minister Sean Fraser announced that the PGWP holders will get a new Open Work Permit.

The minister also said that this special public policy is intended to help Canadian employers by addressing the ongoing labor shortages.

While announcing this policy, IRCC said there were more than 286,000 PGWP holders in the country at the end of 2022.

As per the estimates of the immigration department, about 127,000 PGWPs will expire in 2023. And about 67,000 PGWP holders have applied for PR already.

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