International Students with PGWP

International Students with PGWP for the open work permits

A new policy for international students with PGWP expired Post-Graduation Work Permit and currently in Canada. Now they can obtain a new one-time open work permit under a new policy that took effect on January 27. IRCC is now accepting applications from international students with the intention to get a new Post-Graduate Work Permit. This newly granted open work permit will last for 18 months. It will be helpful for an international student to stay in Canada and seek work. PGWP holders can choose any employer and can work for him and do it with a choice. While Employer-Specific work permits bound foreign workers to a single employer only. 


According to the new policy for an open work permit, international students have to meet the following things.

  • Applicant must be in Canada.
  • Post-Graduate work permit that expired on or after 30th January 2020 or it will be expired in 4 months or less time at the date of application. 
  • Applicant must have a valid passport. 
  • Temporary valid status and for the restoration of status.

The duration for online application is from January 27 to July 27, 2021. 

This policy is part of the post-pandemic economic recovery strategy to attract international students and get them involved in skilled work. International Students who graduated from DLIs have the opportunity to apply for Post-Graduate Work Permit for up to three years.

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