Program delivery update: Students – Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP): Temporary public policy regarding the issuance of an open work permit

This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by IRCC staff. It is posted on the department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders.

August 2, 2022

The pausing of invitations to apply for the federal high-skilled streams under Express Entry has had an impact on post-graduation work permit (PGWP) holders. A temporary public policy has been introduced to allow eligible PGWP holders to apply within a 6-month intake period for an open work permit that will be valid for up to 18 months. The application period could be extended to align with any additional extension to the pause of the federal high-skilled streams. These instructions provide guidance for issuing the additional open work permit while the public policy is in effect.

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