PGWP extension news for international students in 2022

Canada is always open to those who wish to start their future journey in the country. In the past few years, Canada has been creating various opportunities in its immigration policy to adjust to the situation and help thousands of students to study as well as immigrate to the country. On April 22, Immigration Minister Sean Fraser officially made the announcement related to PGWP extension to help international graduates stay in Canada longer.

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What is a PGWP?

A Post Graduate Work Permit is an open work permit granted to international students who graduate from eligible Designated Learning Institutions (DLI). With the open work permit, students can gain Canadian experience in skill type 0, A, or B as defined by IRCC’s National Occupational Classification (NOC). After that candidates can apply for Canada’s Permanent Residency.


Post-graduate work permit (PGWP) extension

The new policy allows eligible Post-Graduate Work Permit holders to apply for the additional open work permit and stay in Canada for up to 18 months after their current PGWP expires. At the beginning of this summer, international students who have their PGWP expires in the period from January to December 2022 can qualify for this program. This special occasion only happens this year due to the effect of COVID-19 restrictions, otherwise, under normal circumstances, PGWP is not extendable or renewable.

The new measure benefits thousands of PGWP holders

Based on IRCC’s data (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada), there will be 95,000 PGWPs expire in 2022 so 50,000 people can benefit from this new measure. The intention of the PGWP extension is to help PGWP holders stay in Canada longer, gain more experience and have a better chance to apply for permanent residency.

News for Express Entry - a road to permanent residency

Moreover, there is also a piece of good news coming in for the support of economic-class immigrants. Starting in July, the Express Entry draws for skilled workers (CEC, FSWP, FSTP) will resume normally.


In recent months, IRCC has been speeding up its processing process. In the first quarter of 2022, Canada already issued more than 100,000 work permit applications, which is double the number issued over the same period last year. Looking at last year’s situation, there were more than 157,000 international students who had the chance to become permanent residents with more than 88,000 of them transiting directly from PGWP holders to permanent residency.

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