Good News for PGWP Holders!

Updated: Sep 1



If your PGWP expired or will expire between September 20, 2021, and December 31, 2022, you may be able to get a new one or extend it.


International student graduates who studied eligible full-time programs can normally get an open work permit for up to three years. However, the great news is that certain PGWP holders can extend their work permit or apply for a new open work permit for an additional 18 months.


Also, while your permit is being extended or issued you will be able to work if you are currently in Canada.


Just keep in mind that if your temporary resident status has expired you must apply to restore it at the same time you are applying for a new work permit.


Read the following scenarios to see if they apply to your situation:


1. you don’t need to do anything if:


· Your PGWP expires from October 2, 2022, to December 31, 2022

· your address is up to date

· your passport is valid through April 2024


By mid-October, an updated work permit will be sent to your mailing address.


2. you need to update your address and/or passport validity if:


· Your PGWP expires from October 2, 2022, to December 31, 2022

· Your address and/or passport validity needs to be updated


You will receive an email message from IRCC to update your address. But, you will receive a separate email in September to update your passport validity, if it does not allow IRCC to extend your work permit for 18 months. You will receive this email in September too.


Check your passport validity. If it expires before April 2, 2024, apply to extend it.


3. apply online to extend your work permit if:


· Your PGWP expires from October 2, 2022, to December 31, 2022

· And you won’t be able to update your address or passport validity


4. you are not eligible to have your work permit extended through this special process if:


· Your PGWP expires from October 2, 2022, to December 31, 2022

· IRCC didn’t contact you at all


You are not eligible to have your work permit extended, If you do not receive a message from IRCC by mid-September.


5. apply online for a work permit if:


· Your PGWP expired or will expire from September 20, 2021, to October 1, 2022.



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