February 1, 2021

PGWP Holders Can Now Submit Applications For New Open Work Permits

Former international students who are currently in Canada on a expiring Post-Graduation Work Permit can get a new open work permit under a public policy that takes effect today.

A new policy that permits former international students to get a new one-time open work permit if theirs is about to finish takes effect today.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is now receiving applications presented by former international students who want to acquire a new open work permit if their Post-Graduate Work Permit (PGWP) is expired or about to expire.

The new open work permits will be legitimate for 18 months.

It will empower previous former international students to live in Canada and continue to search for work. Unlike manager- particular work permits, where a foreign worker is bound to a single manager in Canada, open work permits permit foreign nationals to work for any manager they pick.

To give an application for an open work permit under the new policy, international students should complete the following prerequisites:

have a PGWP that finished on or after January 30, 2020, or a PGWP that finishes in 4 months or less from the date of application;
be in Canada;
have a legitimate provisional status or be applying to reestablish your status;
have a legitimate passport.

The online application period is open from today until July 27, 2021.

IRCC offers the PGWP as part of its endeavors to attract international students and hold them as skilled workers. International students who graduate from Designated Learning Institutions (DLIs) may be eligible to give an application for a PGWP for up to three years.

Getting a PGWP provides international students the chance to search for and secure a job across Canada from any manager of their choice. All the years of Canadian work experience they gather can then be utilized toward an immigration application.

Skilled worker immigration programs highly value education and work experience that is acquired in Canada. Express Entry, Quebec Experience Program, the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), and other pathways put highly value on Canadian work experience. Express Entry applicants, for example, are given extra Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points based on their Canadian study and work experience.

For students with very less or no work experience, having Canadian work experience and being already integrated into a local labour market can often be the deciding element in determining whether they will be qualified for permanent residence under Canada’s immigration programs.

Former international students who want to make the move to permanent residence in Canada often depend on the PGWP to accomplish this objective.

PGWPs have a fixed span and can’t be resumed or expanded, which implies that the individuals who hold these permits have a restricted amount of time to take benefit of all the advantages they can offer. The COVID-19 pandemic has put students who recently graduated at a disadvantage contrasted to past companions because of a weaker labour market.

A notable number of international graduates have not had the option to secure work, have been laid off, or have seen their hours decreased. The Government of Canada hopes that this new international student policy will assist offset the difficulties and hurdles that the current global health crisis has generated for this populace.

The new policy is also the recent in a series of measures presented by IRCC in latest months to address growing concerns about the decrease in the number of international students who have had the option to study, live and work in Canada since the beginning of the pandemic.

IRCC has underlined a few events during the previous year that it gives a high priority on maintaining international students who come to Canada. They are a significant part of the pool of workers eligible of meeting worker needs in regions, for example, health care and technology and guaranteeing Canada’s future economic and social success.

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