IRCC introduces an extended open work permit for international students

According to an announcement by IRCC, they are offering a new open work permit to international students. Of course, the new work permit covers students who have held or holding a PGWP. Consequently, the new extended open work permit will allow international students to remain and work in Canada for another 18 months.

What is a PGWP?

Before discussing the new extended open work permit for international students, let’s cover some basics. PGWP stands for Post Graduate Work Permit. It is an open-work-permit for recently-graduated international students. Of course, you must meet individual requirements, for example:

  • You were a full-time student at a Designated Learning Institution in Canada.
  • The school is eligible for PGWP (e.g. a university or a community college).
  • Your studies finished less than 180 days ago.
  • The duration of the studies was at least eight months.
  • You held a valid study permit while studying.
  • You didn’t hold a PGWP in the past.
  • Regardless, you did not receive a Global Affairs Canada (GAC) or some similar scholarship.

Of course, this list is not inclusive. If you want to know more, read my article on PGWP.

How could international students benefit from the extended open work permit?

According to the IRCC announcement, you may apply for the extended open work permit if you meet the following criteria:

Of course, if IRCC approves you, then you will receive a new open-work permit. Consequently, you may remain in Canada for up to 18 more months. As a result, you may seek employment and eventually qualify for an immigration option in Canada.

Note: This program will end on July 27, 2021.

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