[Updated] Canada: 18 Month Extension of Post-Graduation Work Permits

Last Updated on April 11, 2023

This article was originally published on 20 March 2023 and was updated on 11 April 2023 to reflect new information.  

11 April 2023 Update: The government of Canada published information on eligibility and the application process for post-graduate work permit holders seeking an extension to an open work permit. To be eligible, applicants must meet the following requirements: 

  • Hold a post-graduation work permit (PGWP) that expired or will expire between 20 September 2021 and 31 December 2023; 
    • If the PGWP is valid, the work permit will be issued for up to 18 months from the start of the current PGWP expiration date or passport expiration date. 
    • If the PGWP has expired, the work permit will be issued for up to 18 months from the date the application is approved or until the passport expires, whichever comes first. 
    • To maximize the duration of the open work permit, ensure the passport is valid for at least 18 months from either the PGWP expiration date (if the PGWP is valid) or the date the application is approved (if the PGWP has expired). 
  • Hold a valid passport.  

For further information on the application process, check here 

Key Points 

  • Canada will extend the period of stay granted to recent international graduates holding a post-graduate work permit beginning 6 April 2023  


The government of Canada announced that international graduates who possess a post-graduation work permit (PGWP) that has recently expired or is due to expire soon will be eligible for an extension or a new work permit beginning 6 April 2023. This will allow eligible individuals to remain in Canada for an additional 18 months. 

The PGWP Program provides international graduates with an open work permit that enables them to gain invaluable Canadian work experience. 

International graduates whose PGWP expired in 2023 or were eligible for the 2022 PGWP measure can apply for an extra 18-month work permit. Eligible applicants can obtain a temporary work permit while the new application is processed, even if the original work permit expired more than 90 days prior.  

What are the Changes?  

The government of Canada has announced that international graduates with expiring PGWPs can now apply for an 18-month extension or a new work permit. This will take effect from 6 April 2023. According to the announcement, these measures were taken to protect international graduates, who play a vital role in the future of Canada’s economy. 

Looking Ahead

Continue to check the government of Canada’s website and Envoy’s website for the latest updates and information. 

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Content in this publication is for informational purposes only and not intended as legal advice, nor should it be relied on as such. For additional information on the issues discussed, consult an attorney at one of the two U.S. Law Firms working with the Envoy Platform or another qualified professional. On non-U.S. immigration issues, consult an Envoy global immigration service provider or another qualified representative.