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2023 Special Measure for Current and Former Post-Graduation Work Permit Holders

Updated: Mar 6

Temporary Public Policy to allow for extension of Post-Graduation Work Permits for up to 18 months (March 17, 2023)

Who:

Current and former PGWP holders whose permits expired/will expire between September 20, 2021 and December 31, 2023

In Force:

April 6, 2023 (retroactive to February 9, 2022)

Expires:

December 31, 2023

Current and former PGWP holders whose permits expired/will expire between September 20, 2021 and December 31, 2023 are eligible to apply online for an open work permit. The process depends on the place of application and whether the applicant received an invitation to “opt-in” from IRCC.


The duration of the open work will depend on whether the PGWP is still valid at the time of application and the date of passport expiry. There is a maximum duration of 18 months.


Applicants who applied under a previous public policy for PGWP are eligible for this open work permit if their original PGWP expired on or after September 20, 2021, and on or before December 31, 2023.


Ensure you follow IRCC’s “Special Instructions for this public policy” including:

  • select “Open Work Permit” as the type of work permit you’re applying for in the Details of intended work in Canada section

  • copy and paste “2023 PGWP PP open” as the Job title

  • copy and paste “Open work permit” in the Brief description of duties field







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