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Canadian Immigration – PGWP holders can extend for 18 months

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March 20, 2023

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Naju Gadhavi

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Canadian Immigration big news -post-Graduation work permit extends for up to 18 months for high skilled talent, foreign nationals with expired or expiring post-graduation work permits will be able to work in Canada for a longer period of time.

What is the latest announcement on the PGWP Work permit program?

Sean Fraser, Canada’s Immigration Minister, has issued an important statement regarding Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) holders. During this moment of economic recovery and expansion, employers are confronting unprecedented hurdles in finding and maintaining the personnel they require.

Anyone whose Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) is expiring in 2023 will be eligible to apply for an extension of their Open Work Permit. Moreover, those who applied for IRCC’s Open Work Permit extension last year and whose PGWP expired in 2022 will also be eligible for the extension. Starting from April 6th, interested individuals can submit their application for the extension through the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website. Upon successful application, the applicants will receive an email with an interim work permit authorization that can be presented to their employers as proof of legal employment in Canada.

Is it possible to extend your PGWP for Canada?

The extension of the Open Work Permit will allow individuals with a PGWP to stay in Canada for an extended period, gaining further job experience and continuing to contribute to the Canadian economy. Candidates can apply for an extension by visiting the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website. If their application is approved, they will obtain an interim work permit authorization, allowing them to lawfully continue working in Canada. The IRCC has announced that it will contact eligible candidates via SMS beginning April 6th, encouraging them to access their secure online account.

What is PGWP? And how it can help you to migrate to Canada.

PGWP stands for Post-Graduation Work Permit, which is a type of work permit that allows international students to work in Canada after completing their studies at a designated learning institution (DLI) in Canada. Get more info on Study visa Canada This work permit is issued by the Canadian government and provides students with an opportunity to gain valuable work experience and contribute to the Canadian economy.

If you graduated from a designated learning institution (DLI), you could apply for Post Graduate Work Permit (PGWP).

Get in touch with our Study visa counselor who will guide you in the right direction

Things to know before applying for PGWP.

The validity of PGWP depends on the length of your study program.


  • If the length of your study program is 2 years or more, you will get PGWP for 3 years.
  • If your passport is expiring earlier than the full predetermined length of PGWP, your PGWP is only valid until your passport expires. (You have the option to apply for an extension to claim the full validity if advised by IRCC).
  • You have 180 days to apply for PGWP after you graduate, and your Study Permit must have been valid at some point during those 180 days.
  • PGWP applications can be submitted online, or paper-based (processing time varies, the current processing time is 113 days for online and 117 days for paper-based applications).

Required documents for PGWP application:

Graduation Letter / Confirmation of Graduation

Official transcripts


Valid Study Permit/Work Permit

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Fill out IMM5710 – Application to change conditions extended my stay or remains in Canada as a worker.

Why Choose SPS Canada for your PGWP

SPS Canada is a team of experts who specialize in handling Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) applications. Our team understands the complexity of the Canadian immigration system and the importance of obtaining a work permit to pursue a career in Canada. With years of experience in the field, we have helped numerous individuals navigate the PGWP application process and achieve their career goals in Canada. By choosing SPS Canada, you can rest assured that your PGWP application is in safe hands. Get in touch with us today to learn more about our services and how we can help you with your PGWP application.


Contact our immigration specialists from Canada for an assessment of your profile and expert guidance on all your inquiries related to Canadian immigration. Speak with our experienced practitioner and top visa consultant in Ahmedabad to evaluate your profile and receive advice on the appropriate course of action. To learn more, you can call (1) 905-362-9393 (Canada), +91 9586 226232 (Ahmedabad), or send an email to support@spscanada.com (Canada), support.amd@spscanada.com (Ahmedabad).

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