Some PGWP (Post-Graduation Work Permit) holders now have the choice to submit an application for a fresh, open work permit that will enable them to carry on working in Canada through a unique procedure. Months later, the delay occurred. Immigration Minister Sean Fraser is attributing the delay to technological difficulties.
Those whose PGWPs were set to expire will be able to apply for an additional open work permit with a maximum length of 18 months starting in the summer, the minister declared in April. PGWP certificate holders whose expiration dates fall between September 2021 and December 2022 are affected.
This action is being taken to provide accommodations for PGWP holders who were denied the chance to apply for Canadian permanent residence while the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) draws were suspended. In a typical situation, these individuals would have been qualified to submit an application for the CEC and get a Bridging Open Work Permit (BOWP) while their application was being reviewed.
Those who are PGWP holders have the risk of losing their jobs, they may have to move out of the country, need to request another work permit, or may breach the law to keep working.
Fraser said to reporters that the delay is caused by an outdated tech system that is being changed after a meeting with the provincial immigration ministers of Canada.
Because of the limitations of our technology, Fraser stated that the proposed remedy was “very difficult to implement in a timely manner.” He believes that a successful policy might be revealed as early as next week.
The opportunity to stay and continue working in Canada for those who are affected by a potential expired postgraduate work visa would be made available very quickly, according to Fraser. He continued, “I anticipate having positive news week.”
Fraser refused to comment on whether or whether those who requested a new open work permit would be eligible for implied status, which would allow them to continue working while their request for a new permit was being handled.
“Although I want people to be able to start working as soon as possible once they submit their applications, we are very near to finalizing the terms of this policy. We do hope to have conclusive news on their ability to stay in Canada and continue to work available next week, “said Fraser.
Out of the estimated 95,000 licenses anticipated to expire in 2022, 50,000 PGWP holders, according to IRCC, could profit from this strategy.