International students applying for the Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) are now given six months to submit an application after receiving the final grades and no longer need a valid study permit.
Changes were announced on Thursday, February 14th.
The extension doubles the amount of time that recent graduates must apply for PGWP, from 90 to 180 days.
Another relevant change was the removal of the requirement that foreign graduates have a valid study permit when applying for a PGWP.
Post-Graduation Work Permit permit is an open work permit that allows international graduates of relevant Canadian educational institutions, eligible for education, to remain and work in Canada for up to three years after graduation.
To be eligible, a candidate’s training program must be at least eight months old and meet other specified criteria.
The Canadian experience gained with PGWP can help international graduates qualify for permanent residence in Canada through the Canadian Experience Class program, which is one of three federal programs managed by the Canadian Express Entry system.