April 6, 2023
By Shelby Thevenot
People with Post Graduation Work Permits (PGWP) expiring in 2023 can now apply to extend or renew their work permit.
Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has updated its website with further instructions on how PGWP holders can apply for the extension.
PGWP holders whose work permits expire between September 20, 2021 and December 31, 2023 may be eligible for a one-time extension of up to 18 months.
Normally, the PGWP is not eligible for an extension. However, Canada is making an exception due to the long pause in Express Entry draws. The pause in draws for non PNP candidates as well as the pause after the National Occupation Classification (NOC) 2021 was implemented, meant that there were a lot of high-scoring candidates sitting in the pool being unable to apply.
The top heavy pool of candidates meant that the minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score remained unusually high for all program draws.
Without an Express Entry draw, otherwise eligible candidates on a PGWP were left without an opportunity to extend their stay. After a PGWP holder responds to an Invitation to Apply (ITA) from an Express Entry draw, they are able to get a Bridging Open Work Permit (BOWP) and continue working in Canada until a decision is made on their PR application.
Following months of lobbying, PGWP holders with documents expiring this year are now able to extend their work permit or apply for a new one.
PGWP holders with expired work permits are also able to restore their status, even if they are beyond the 90-day restoration period.
When IRCC made the announcement, the department said PGWP holders who are eligible for the new measure will receive messages about logging into their online IRCC Secure Account to opt in and update their key personal information.
According to IRCC’s figures, about 127,000 PGWPs are expiring in 2023.
Find the best immigration program for your family
Get immigration help you can trust
Canada Abroad is a transparent Canadian immigration consultancy with advice you can trust. Led by Deanne Acres-Lans (RCIC #508363), the team delivers professional, regulated, and efficient service.
Doherty Fultz Immigration
Led by Anthony Doherty (RCIC #510956) and Cassandra Fultz (#514356), the Doherty Fultz team uses their 40+ years of experience to empower you towards settling in Canada.
Perez McKenzie Immigration
Led by Jenny Perez (RCIC #423103), Perez McKenzie Immigration is a Canadian immigration consultancy based in British Columbia, with offices in Vancouver and Whistler.
Get your immigration questions answered by an expert
Find the best immigration program for you
Take our free immigration quiz and we'll tell you the best immigration programs for you!
Get matched to job opportunities
Get matched to job opportunities from Canadian employers who are seeking to hire people with your skills.
Access our immigration roadmaps
Our immigration roadmaps will teach you the basics of Express Entry, study permits, and more! Take control of your own immigration process.