Canada to extend work permits for some international graduates


Canada has announced that it will extend post graduate work permits for some international graduates.

International students, whose permits expired or will expire between September 20th, 2021 and December 31, 2022 will be able to avail the new extension. These students will receive an additional open work permit of 18 months.

“Tens of thousands of former international students will receive an additional open work permit of 18 months, giving them an opportunity to stay in Canada longer, and helping businesses find the workers they need while allowing us to continue to attract global talent,” Canada’s immigration minister Sean Fraser tweeted.

This special measure represents a growth potential in the economy, and will allow more graduates to make Canada their home, he added.

The country first introduced the temporary public policy during the pandemic, allowing certain graduates to apply for an additional open work permit and extend their status in Canada.

Details of the application process for this permit will be made available in the weeks ahead.

Canada has made several announcements to retain international graduates.

During the pandemic, Canada has continued to go out of its way accommodate to the needs of international students. In 2021, it announced a temporary TR to PR Pathway, which allowed international graduates who were working in Canada to apply for permanent residence.

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