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COVID-19 Public Policy for Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP)

You may be eligible to apply for a one-time open work permit of up to 18 months if you apply online by July 27, 2021 and meet the following five requirements.

1. Your post-graduation work permit (PGWP)

● expired on or after January 30, 2020, or

● will expire within 4 months from the date you apply for this open work permit.

2. You were in Canada as of January 27, 2021, when the public policy took effect, and have stayed in Canada since then.

3. You either

● have a temporary resident status (such as PGWP, visitor record, or another permit that allows you to stay in Canada), or

● lost your temporary resident status, but you’ve already applied to restore it, or

● lost your temporary resident status, but you’ll apply to restore it at the same time as applying for this open work permit

4. You include in your application that you’re applying for an open work permit under this public policy.

5. You have a valid passport.

● The work permit will be issued for up to 18 months from the date of approval or until your passport expires, whichever comes first.

● To maximize the duration of the open work permit, make sure your passport is valid for at least 18 months from the date of approval.




Working Holiday Program will open on March 1, 2021

You can submit your profile starting March 1, 2021, however, due to current travel restrictions, Working Holiday candidates will have to provide proof of a valid job offer to receive an invitation to

Update about PGWP

IRCC announced on February 12, 2021 that international students who complete their entire program online from abroad will be eligible for a PGWP if they ● are enrolled in a PGWP-eligible program ● beg


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