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PGWP Update: New Work Permit Policy for Foreign Graduate Students

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PGWP Update: New Work Permit Policy for Foreign Graduate Students

Canada has introduced new work permit policies for foreign graduate students (PGWP) and it is open for applications. International graduate students who were unable to get work due to COVID restrictions. Canada's Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC) Marco E. L. Mendicino announced the new policy that will give former international students who hold or held a PGWP the opportunity to apply for an open work permit.

Whether as nurses on the pandemic’s front lines, or as founders of some of the most promising start-ups, international students are giving back to communities across Canada as we continue the fight against the pandemic. Their status may be temporary, but the contributions of international students are lasting. This new policy means that young students from abroad who have studied here can stay and find work, while ensuring that Canada meets the urgent needs of our economy for today and tomorrow. Our message to international students and graduates is simple: we don’t just want you to study here, we want you to stay here.

- The Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, P.C., M.P.,
Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

International students contribute over $21 billion annually to the Canadian economy.

How To Apply For a PGWP Work Permit

To apply for an open work permit under the new Post-Graduate Work Permit public policy, an applicant must:

  • have a PGWP that expired on or after January 30, 2020 or a PGWP that expires in 4 months or less from the date they apply
  • still be in Canada
  • have a valid temporary status, or be applying to restore their status
  • Applications will be open from January 27 to July 27, 2021

Alberta Launches 2 New Immigration Pathways for Foreign Graduates

In November 2020, the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) announced two new immigration pathways to permanent residency that encourage international graduates to invest in the local economy, open businesses in Alberta that create new high-paying jobs for Albertans in the tech sector and help diversify the local economy.


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Contact Ackah Law today at (403) 452‑9515 or email us directly to find out if you are qualified to move to Canada.


Evelyn L. Ackah, BA, LL.B.

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