As of April 6, 2023, individuals with a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) set to expire can apply for an Open Work Permit extension, as recently announced by Canada’s Immigration Minister, Sean Fraser.

Individuals whose Post-Graduate Work Permit (PGWP) expires in 2023 will be eligible for an Open Work Permit extension. Additionally, those whose PGWP expired in 2022 and who applied for an extension from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) last year will also be eligible.

Starting April 6, interested candidates can apply for the extension on IRCC’s website. Upon application, they will receive an email containing an interim work permit authorization that they can present to their employers to continue working lawfully in Canada.

Furthermore, individuals whose legal status in Canada has already expired can also apply at the same time to restore their status, even if they have exceeded the 90-day grace period provided by IRCC. As early as April 6, such individuals can restore their status and obtain an interim Open Work Permit authorization simultaneously.

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