Temporary public policy to facilitate the issuance of an open work permit to certain former or current post-graduation work permit holders

Date Announced:

July 28, 2022

Active Period:

until May 31, 2023


Post-Graduation Work Permit holders whose permit expired or will expire between September 20, 2021 and December 31, 2022, will benefit from the ability to maintain or restore their legal status in Canada, support themselves, and fill acute labour market needs in Canada. Eligible individuals will be exempted from the requirement to have authorization to work in Canada until May 31, 2023. Eligible individuals who left Canada will also be able to apply for a new open work permit in order to return to Canada. Open work permits will afford eligible individuals with mobility that may be needed to address the current volatility of the labour market caused by COVID-19.

This public policy will permit eligible:

- former PGWP holders in Canada to work without authorization in the short term;
- PGWP holders and former PGWP holders to apply from inside Canada for a new open work permit and facilitate restoration of their status, if applicable; and
- PGWP holders and former PGWP holders, who left Canada, to apply from outside Canada for a new open work permit.

Departments and Agencies:

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Type of Administrative Action:

Immigration Category:

International students


open work permit; PGWP

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