New policy to help International Students to build their future in Canada

International Students with an expired or expiring PGWP (Post Graduation Work permit) will have the unique opportunity to apply for an open work permit valid for 18 months. This will allow former international students to remain in Canada, continue to seek employment and build their future in this country.

To apply for an open work permit under the public policy, an applicant must

  • have a PGWP that expired on or after January 30, 2020, or a PGWP that expires in 4 months or less from the date they apply
  • still be in Canada
  • have a valid temporary status, or be applying to restore their status

Applications will be open from January 27 to July 27, 2021.