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Important Clarifications on the Rights of Post-Graduation Work Permit Applicants


On February 21, 2020, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) published updated instructions regarding the Post Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP). The new instructions provide clarifications on some of the rights of PGWP applicants, as prescribed by section 186 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations.


More specifically, the PGWPP instructions have been updated to reflect that:

  • Students who have completed their program of study are allowed to work while they are waiting for a decision on their PGWP application; and

  • PGWP applicants eligible to work full-time without a work permit while waiting for a decision on their application under paragraph 186(w) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations, maintain their eligibility to work even after leaving and re-entering Canada.

Read more about the changes here.


Want to learn more about PGWP applications and the rights of students and their transition to post-graduate work? Register for our 5 hour CPD course: A Full Guide to Study Permits and Student Status in Canada, taught by Chantal Desloges and Andrew Carvajal. Learn more about this course here https://www.lpen.ca/study-permits


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