A new policy that allows former international students to obtain a new one-time open work permit if theirs is about to expire takes effect from January 29th, 2021.
Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) have opened their doors to accept applications submitted by international students already in Canada. This category of students is those who wish to obtain a new open work permit if their current PGWP is expired or about to expire.
The online application period is open until July 27, 2021. The new Open Work Permit has a validity period of 18 months. This action will now allow former international students to continue their stay in Canada and look for employment opportunities.
Following is the list of criteria required to be met, if any international student desires to apply for the New Open Work Permit.
- The PGWP in hand should have expired on or after January 30, 2020, or a PGWP that expires in 4 months or less from the date of application.
- The international student needs to be in Canada
- The student should have a valid temporary status or be applying to restore his/her status.
- The student must be in possession of a valid active passport.
For any First world country, international students do make a significant contribution to the economy not just in terms of the financial aspect but also a ready labor market. They form an important part of the pool of skilled workers capable of meeting labor needs in all areas, especially in Healthcare and Technology. Canada, therefore, does not shun back in offering flexibility in the new policy towards PGWP and ensuring Canada’s future economic and social success.
It is hardly a secret that most international students have a long term goal to complete their education and then obtain Canadian work experience, and finally make the transition to PR in Canada. Graduating from a Designated Learning Institution [DLI] often qualifies a student to apply for the PGWP with a validity period of up to 3 years.
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