PGWP Open Work Permit Extension

You can extend a Post-Graduate Work Permit with a new temporary policy that allows an eligible PGWP holder to work in Canada for an additional 18 months. Before this policy, obtaining a post-graduate work permit extension was tough. Thanks to the excellent system introduced by the Canadian Government, which will help many applicants with expiring PGWP.

Usually, a PGWP cannot be extended. PGWP holders who wish to extend their employment in Canada are typically required to apply a different kind of work permit as soon as their PGWP expires. You may be eligible to get a one-time new open work permit that allows you to work in Canada for up to 18 months if your post‑graduation work permit (PGWP) has expired or will expire between September 20, 2021, and December 31, 2023.

PGWP Extension 2023 Opt-In Option

This option is only for the individuals with expired or about to expire PGWPs who received an email from IRCC until April 6, 2023.

PGWP holders receiving Opt-In email will need to login to their MyCIC or GCKey or IRCC secure account.

After logging in they will need to click on the below option and just select to opt-in for 18-month extension.

Opt-in PGWP holders must ensure that they reside in Canada, their current address is correct, and their passport details are up-to-date as well as expiration date is June 2025 or later.

As per IRCC, you should get your PGWP Extension by the end of June 2023 at your mailing address.

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