Extension of Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) for International Graduates

The Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced that international graduates with an expiring or recently expired Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) can soon apply for an additional work permit for up to 18 months.

What is the Post-Graduation Work Permit?

The Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) allows international students who have graduated from eligible Canadian designated learning institutions to stay and work in Canada. The PGWP is an open work permit, which means its holder can work for any Canadian employer. The PGWP can be issued for up to three years.

Who is Eligible for the Extension of PGWP?

International graduates with valid PGWP who wish to stay longer can extend their work permit, starting on April 6, 2023. Additionally, individuals whose PGWP has already expired in 2023 and those who were eligible for the 2022 PGWP facilitative measure will have the option to apply as well.

What are the Benefits of the Extension of PGWP?

  • International graduates gain additional Canadian work experience, which improves their chances of qualifying for permanent residence in Canada.
  • Canadian employers have higher chances to retain skilled workers who have already been trained in Canada.
  • The Canadian economy benefits from the skills and talents of international graduates.

Instructions on how to apply will be available on the IRCC website in the following weeks. The eligible PGWP holders are going to be contacted with instructions through their IRCC Secure Account.

Published 2023-03-17


Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. (2023). Post-graduation work permit program. https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/study-canada/work/after-graduation/about.html

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. (2023). https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/news/2023/03/canada-announces-extension-of-post-graduation-work-permits-for-up-to-18-months-to-retain-high-skilled-talent.html