February 14, 2019 - Major Changes to the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program

Today, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) posted a program delivery update and updated instructions for the Post-Graduation Work Permit (PWGP) Program. The program delivery update and instructions indicated major changes to eligibility criteria and timelines/deadlines for the post-graduation work permit.

Changes include, as follows:

  • Students are no longer required to hold a valid study permit at the time that they apply for the post-graduation work permit

  • Students now can apply for a study permit within 6 months (i.e. 180 days) of completing their studies, rather than within 90 days

IRCC’s new instructions provide more clarifying details, as follows:

Within 180 days of the date of applying for the post-graduation work permit, applicants must meet one of the following criteria:

  • They hold a valid study permit.

  • They held a study permit.

  • They were authorized to study in Canada without the requirement to obtain a study permit under paragraphs 188(1)(a) and (b) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations.

The program instructions indicate that these guidelines are applicable to all post-graduation work permit applications received on or after February 14, 2019. For those applications prior to this date, the previous guidelines will apply.

For more details, see the program delivery update here.

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