The PGWP permit is a popular option for former international students interested in obtaining Canadian immigration status and graduated from a Designated Learning Institution. This qualification allows former international students to apply to obtain this permit for up to a maximum of three years.

Since the pandemic, Canada has focused on supporting high levels of immigration with changes to the policy. This allows post-graduate work experience to improve applicants’ chances of gaining further work experience in Canada and a chance for immigration in the long-term. Post-graduate work experience is one of the top priorities for many of Canada’s highly skilled fields of work. It includes candidates in programs such as the Quebec Experience Program, the Provincial Nominee Program, and Express Entry.

Typically, applications to the PGWP have one chance to receive the permit. Many individuals have been impacted by Covid-19 and continue to experience a loss of work, layoffs, or reduced hours as a result. Canada’s policy to improve and support high immigration levels following the pandemic is expected to welcome over 400,000 new immigrants between 2021-2023 as part of achieving the immigration level goals. Establishing new policy guidelines and allowing international graduates to pursue further work experience in Canada will allow for a larger group of worldwide talent and support the overall goal to support the economy in recovery following the pandemic.

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