What to do if your PGWP is expiring

Posted by in CIC News, on December 15, 2023

For international students in Canada, the Post-Graduate Work Permit (PGWP) is a valuable pathway to gain valuable work experience after completing studies. However, as the expiration date of the PGWP looms closer, it can prompt concerns and uncertainties about the next steps, particularly for those awaiting a decision on their permanent residency application via Express Entry. What options are available if your PGWP is expiring? Here’s a comprehensive look at potential pathways for Express Entry candidates facing this situation.

  1. Visitor Record: Extending Stay

One option for those waiting for a decision on their PR application is to apply for a visitor record at least 30 days before the PGWP expiration date. The visitor record, usually valid for six months (although subject to variation), allows individuals to remain in Canada while awaiting further processing.

  1. Applying for Another Work Permit

Candidates can explore applying for a new work permit while waiting for an Express Entry draw. This can involve obtaining a different type of Open Work Permit, allowing continued employment.

Another route is to pursue a closed work permit, potentially through an employer’s Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). Although specific to the employer, this permit enables individuals to continue working within Canada.

  1. Bridging Open Work Permit (BOWP) for PR Applicants

For those who’ve already submitted their application for permanent residency but await IRCC’s decision, the Bridging Open Work Permit (BOWP) could be a viable option. This permit allows PR candidates under various economic immigration programs (like Express Entry, Provincial Nominee Program, etc.) to work while waiting for IRCC’s final verdict.

These pathways offer tangible ways for Express Entry candidates to navigate the period after their PGWP’s expiration. Each option comes with its own set of criteria, processing times, and considerations, making it crucial to assess individual circumstances before selecting a course of action.

The journey from temporary residency to permanent residency in Canada often involves navigating through such transitional phases. Understanding these options and potential pathways not only provides reassurance during uncertain times but also ensures a smoother transition toward your desired immigration status.

Before embarking on any of these pathways, it’s advisable to seek professional immigration advice or consult with authorized representatives to evaluate the most suitable option based on your specific situation. Immigration policies and regulations may change, so staying informed about updates from IRCC is equally important in making informed decisions regarding your immigration status in Canada.

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