Is it possible to extend or renew my Post-Graduation Work Permit?

Is it Possible to Extend or Renew My Post-Graduation Work Permit?

What is the PGWP?

Post-graduation work permits grant graduates of authorized Canadian designated learning institutions (DLIs) an unrestricted work permit, enabling them to gain Canadian work experience after finishing their studies. The PGWP duration typically ranges from 8 months to 3 years, aligning with the study permit period; it cannot exceed the duration of the study program.

What is the duration of validity for a PGWP?

How long a PGWP remains valid depends on the duration of the completed academic program. To qualify for a PGWP, the completed program must be a minimum of eight months long. Here are the guidelines set by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC):

As the PGWP validity approaches its end, many international students, especially those with less than a year of Canadian work experience, contemplate their next steps, often aiming to gain more experience to qualify for Permanent Residency (PR).

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If I’m unable to extend or renew my PGWP, what other choices do I have?

  1. Visitor Visa: Allows entry as a visitor for up to six months, available as single-entry or multi-entry.
  2. Visitor Record: Extends the stay as a visitor; the application should be submitted 30 days before the current status, like PGWP, expires.
  3. Bridging Open Work Permit (BOWP): Available while awaiting a decision on a PR application; requires applying for permanent residency.
  4. Other Work Permit Options: Eligible PGWP holders can explore different work permit options, provided they meet the specific criteria for each permit.

Who qualifies for a PGWP extension?

PGWP holders with an expiring passport

Temporary PGWP extension policy

Under this policy, eligible PGWP holders, including those with valid temporary resident status, can apply for an open work permit from within Canada. However, applicants residing outside Canada must apply for a regular work permit and indicate their application is under this temporary policy.

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