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Canada Introduces New Measures for Foreign Nationals to Extend Expired/Expiring Work Permits and for Applicants to the Temporary Resident to PR Pathways

Canada Introduces New Measures for Foreign Nationals to Extend Expired/Expiring Work Permits and for Applicants to the Temporary Resident to PR Pathways

The Government of Canada is implementing measures for former international students with expired or expiring post-graduation work permits, and for temporary resident to permanent resident pathway applicants.  

Foreign nationals whose post-graduation work permit expired or will expire from September 20, 2021 to December 31, 2022, will have the opportunity to work in Canada for an additional 18 months by either extending their work permit or applying for a new one.  

As of yesterday, August 8, 2022, individuals with post-graduation work permits that have expired or will expire from September 20, 2021 to December 31, 2022, will receive an email indicating that they are allowed to work in the interim. Recipients can attach this email to their post-graduation work permit to show an employer they are authorized to work temporarily in Canada. This one-time measure is intended to ensure that those eligible for the additional 18-month work period can remain working or can return to the workforce while they apply for a new work permit. This interim work period will be in effect until May 31, 2023.  

Applicants who are part of the temporary resident to permanent resident (TR to PR) pathways, and whose permanent residence application has not yet been finalized, are eligible to apply for an open work permit.

To read the full news release, along with how the measures will affect individual applicants in different ways, please see here.