Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) enacted a special one-time measure to automatically extend or assist extending work permits so some foreign nationals can continue working in Canada until at least May 31, 2023. There are 95,000 post-graduation work permit set to expire by the end of 2022, and the Government of Canada expects about 55,000 of those permit holders will benefit from these measures, which came into effect August 2, 2022.
Former international students with expired or expiring post-graduation work permits will be able to remain working by extending their work permit for an additional 18 months.
POST-GRADUATION WORK PERMITS
IRCC has given guidance and information for five situations facing post-graduation work permit holders with expired permits or those set to expire from September 20, 2021 – December 31, 2022. These people will be able to extend their permits or apply for a new one. They will also be able to continue working in the interim. ** Please note that these special measures don’t work for applying for work permits at a port of entry. All work permit applications for this public policy MUST be submitted online. **
My Post-Graduation Work Permit [Expired or will Expire: September 20, 2021 – October 1, 2022]
You will need to apply online for your work permit.
What if my Temporary Status is also expired?
IRCC allows you to apply to restore your status even if it had expired more than 90 days ago. If you are in Canada and your temporary status has also expires, you must apply to restore your status at the same time.
What if I’m not in Canada and my Temporary Status is Expired?
You can apply from abroad. You can return to Canada once you have been approved.
My Post-Graduation Work Permit [expires: October 2 – December 31, 2022) And My Address is up-to-date, and my Passport is valid through April 2024:
You will receive an email from IRCC to confirm your address. You do not have to respond to this email. You will receive and updated work permit by mid-October.
If Your Post-Graduation Work Permits [expire: October 2, 2022 – December 31, 2022] And You Need to Update 1. Your Mailing Address. 2. Renew Your Passport to support extending your permit by 18 months:
You will receive an email before or during the month of September. You will be given instructions to update your address and passport validity in your online account. You will be given two-weeks to update this information. Once the information is updated, you will receive an updated work permit in the mail by mid-November. ** Please note that if you applied for your post-graduation work permit via a paper application, please make sure it’s linked to your online account. **
If Your Post-Graduation Work Permit [expire: October 2, 2022 – December 31, 2022] And You CANNOT Update 1. Your Mailing Address. 2. Renew Your Passport to support extending your permit by 18 months:
You will need to apply online to extend your work permit. 1. You could receive a work permit, which expires at the same time as your passport. 2. You can wait until your passport is renewed and then apply.
My Post-Graduation Work Permit [Expires: October 2 – December 31, 2022] and IRCC DID NOT Contact Me:
You are not eligible to have your work permit extended for some other reason that needs to be reviewed. ** You can still apply online to extend your work permit. **