Canada extends post-graduate work permits by 18 months!


Canada has announced a new facilitative process, which will allow international graduates who have recently expired or expiring post-graduation work permits (PGWP) to stay longer and gain valuable Canadian work experience for up to 18 months.

The Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, highlighted the importance of foreign nationals in addressing Canada’s labour shortage, noting that those nearing the end of their PGWP are already well integrated into the country’s labour market. This extended work permit will allow them to continue contributing to the Canadian economy and offer an opportunity for these individuals to apply for permanent residency.

Starting Thursday 6 April 2023, graduates who are eligible for this measure can extend their work permit through this process. Those with already expired work permits will also be given the chance to restore their status, even if they are beyond the 90-day restoration period. An interim authorisation will be provided while awaiting the processing of their new application.


This announcement is especially beneficial in helping employers find and retain workers during a time of economic recovery and growth. As companies strive to remain competitive, they now have access to highly qualified individuals with unique skillsets who can provide additional value to their business operations. Plus, international students applying to study in Canada now have further incentives as they will benefit from having access to working opportunities following their studies.

Canada currently offers graduate visa permits that enable international students to stay in Canada for up to three years after graduation. With this work permit extension, eligible graduates can stay in Canada for up to four and a half years, significantly increasing their time in-country.

Not only does the extension recognise the important role foreign nationals play in the Canadian workforce, but it also offers increased job prospects for everyone involved. With all these advantages on offer, it’s likely that even more students will be encouraged to pursue their studies in Canada going forward.

NCUK students can currently benefit from progression to the University of Alberta in Edmonton following the successful completion of the NCUK International Foundation Year.

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