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New public policy to allow some international graduates to re-submit their applications for a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP)

PGWP allows students who have graduated from a recognized Canadian institution to gain Canadian work experience. This work permit may be issued for up to three years, depending on the length of the study program, and enables the holder to work anywhere in Canada for any employer.

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada has brought forward a new public policy to allow some international graduates to re-submit their applications for a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) that had been refused previously.

These graduates may be eligible to re-submit if:

  • the application for the PGWP was refused between September 1, 2014 and March 15, 2016;
  • the reason for the refusal was because the applicant completed the majority of the coursework by distance learning; and
  • the completion of the applicant’s program of study, including transfer credits, was not considered before the application was refused on the grounds that the majority of coursework was by distance learning.

In addition, this policy also includes how foreign nationals that meet the above criteria may also be considered for restoration of temporary status. The requirement to restore temporary resident status within 90 days of losing it is waived. If an eligible foreign national in Canada is without status and is past their 90-days restoration period, he or she may still apply for an open work permit under this public policy, if they meet these criteria. 

According to an Operational Bulletin published by the government of Canada on October 17, 2016, ‘The public policy waives the requirement that an application to restore temporary resident status be made within 90 days of losing temporary resident status. Therefore, if an eligible foreign national in Canada is without status and is past their 90-day restoration period, they may still apply for an open work permit under the public policy.’

 

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