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POST-GRADUATION WORK PERMIT PROGRAM FOR STUDENTS

The Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP) has played a key role in Canada retaining international students upon graduation, who stay and contribute to the Canadian economy. The recent PGWPP changes made by IRCC this year are expected to significantly reduce ‘irreversible’ application mistakes, made due to short deadlines and lack of information. Now, the application period has been extended to 6 months, which is a big factor. Also, IRCC has laid out greater details on points such as applying for the Post-Graduation Work Permit, travelling matters after applying for it, and the applicant’s ‘worker status’ upon submitting the application. One crucial reminder to applicants is that PGWP does not lead to open work permits for spouses. Another issue to remember is that in a list of 1,513 institutes assigned with a DLI number, there are 616 institutes which don’t have a Post Graduation Work Permit. International students should verify that their institutions participate in PGWPP.

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