Latest Updates regarding Work Permit for PGWP Holders and TR to PR Applicants

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Latest Updates regarding Work Permit for PGWP Holders and TR to PR Applicants

On August 2, 2022 , Immigration refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced new measures for foreign nationals with expired or expiring post-graduation work permits and applicants to the temporary resident to permanent resident pathways

What is a Post-Graduation Work Permit?

The Post-Graduation Work Permit is a one-time Open Work Permit that allows international students to obtain an open work permit to gain valuable Canadian work experience. To be eligible, the student must have graduated from eligible Canadian Designated Learning institutions (DLIs).

Read More : Post graduate Work Permit – All you need to know

What is Temporary Resident (TR) to Permanent Resident(PR) pathway?

The temporary resident to permanent resident pathway was a limited-time pathway to permanent residence. It is opened in May 2021 and accepted applications till November 2021.

Under this program, foreign nationals could be eligible for permanent residence if one had work experience in Canada in an essential occupation or the health or health services field or one recently graduated from a Canadian post-secondary institution.

Updates announced by IRCC

  • Foreign nationals whose post-graduation work permit expired or will expire from September 20, 2021, to December 31, 2022, will have the opportunity to work in Canada for an additional 18 months by either extending their work permit or applying for a new one. Those currently in Canada will also have the ability to work in the interim period while their permit is being extended or a new one is being issued.


  • Eligible individuals with post-graduation work permits will receive an email indicating that they are allowed to work in the interim. Recipients can attach this email to their post-graduation work permit to show an employer they are authorized to work temporarily in Canada. This interim work period will be in effect until May 31, 2023.


  • Applicants who are part of the temporary resident to permanent resident (TR to PR) pathways, and whose permanent residence application has not yet been finalized, are eligible to apply for an open work permit, with an end-date of December 31, 2024, provided their passport is valid through that date.


Disclaimer : Information provided in this blog article cannot be deemed as legal advice.

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