Post-graduation work permit holders: In most cases, we’ll mail you a new work permit

If your post-graduation work permit expires on or after October 2, 2022, you may qualify for a special measure that makes it easier and faster for you to get an open work permit.

In most cases, we’ll mail you a new work permit during one of 2 rounds. There are no fees for this work permit.

Round 1 begins August 2, 2022

During the week of August 2, 2022, in most cases, we’ll email you to tell you that you can get a work permit that allows you to work in Canada, if

What you need to do

  1. Check your email, including your junk folder, for messages from an email address that ends in @cic.gc.ca or @notifications.canada.ca.
  2. Review the 3 conditions in the letter and make sure they don’t apply to you:
    • You now live outside Canada.
    • The mailing address on the letter is incorrect.
    • You don’t accept the offer of a longer work permit.
  3. If none of the conditions apply to you, you don’t need to do anything else.

How long it will take to get the work permit

You should get your work permit at your mailing address around the middle of October.

If you have questions about these measures

Check if any of the scenarios below apply to you. If you can’t find an answer to your question below, you can contact us using the web form.

If your mailing address has changed

If your mailing address does not match what’s shown at the top of your letter, you must email us at the email address provided in the letter.

You won’t get a work permit in round 1. However, if you’re in Canada and still want a work permit, you can update your mailing address and get one in round 2 .

If your name has changed

If your name no longer matches the name on your post-graduation work permit, you need to apply for a new work permit.

If you already applied to extend your work permit under this public policy

Do not reply to the email. We’ll send you a new work permit around the middle of October.

We’ll cancel your work permit application under this public policy and refund your processing fee.

If you don’t get an email by August 8, 2022

If you’re in Canada and still want a work permit, you can still get one in round 2.

If your post-graduation work permit expires before your new work permit arrives

By not replying to our email, you have confirmed that you want a work permit. This means that you have maintained your status and can keep working. Show your email and this web page to your employer if they have questions.

If you no longer live in Canada

If you left Canada, you must email us at the email address provided in the letter. If you don’t, it may be considered misrepresentation and you may be found inadmissible. This could mean that you cannot return to Canada for 5 years. You can still apply for a work permit and, if approved, you can return to Canada.

If you don’t want a work permit

You must email us by August 19, 2022, at the email address provided in the letter.

Round 2 begins September 14, 2022

If we don’t email you during round 1 or if you need to update your mailing address, you can still get a new open work permit.
In mid-September, you can update your passport information and mailing address in your IRCC secure account. In most cases, we’ll then begin issuing new work permits to applicants with both

You should receive your new work permit in the mail in early November.

How to get ready for round 2

  1. Renew your passport if it expires before April 30, 2024.
  2. If you don’t already have one, create an IRCC secure account.
  3. If you don’t see your old post-graduation work permit application in your account, you need to link your application to your account.
  4. Check your email, including your junk folder, for messages from an email address that ends in @cic.gc.ca or @notifications.canada.ca.
    • We’ll send you an email when you can update your passport information and mailing address.

If you don’t get a work permit in round 2, you can still submit an application to get a new open work permit.

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