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New public policy allowing former international students to apply for an open work permit

Foreign nationals in Canada affected by the pandemic with an expired or expiring post-graduation work permit (PGWP) will have a unique chance to apply for another open work permit.

These open work permits will be valid for 18 months and allow former international students to remain in Canada, continue to seek employment and build their future in this country. To apply for an open work permit under this new 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. Details on how to apply will be added to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s website on January 27, 2021.

(Source: IRCC)

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