Canada extends post-graduation work permits for high-skilled talent retention

Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Sean Fraser, has announced that international graduates with an expired or expiring post-graduation work permit (PGWP) will now qualify for an additional or extended work permit to stay longer and gain more work experience for up to 18 months. These measures will allow Canada to retain high-skilled talent, as talented and skilled international graduates play a vital role in addressing Canada’s labor shortage. This will also allow eligible applicants to continue contributing to the Canadian economy while gaining valuable work experience and preparing for the opportunity to apply for permanent residence. The new measures will take effect on April 6, 2023, and will also apply to foreign nationals whose PGWP has already expired in 2023 and those who were eligible for the 2022 PGWP facilitative measure. The announcement aims to help employers facing challenges in finding and retaining the workers they need during this period of economic recovery and growth.

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