Canada Ends Port of Entry Applications for Post-Graduation Work Permits

New regulations are in effect for applying for Post-Graduation Work Permits (PGWPs) in Canada. International students can no longer apply at ports of entry. Find out how these changes impact you and ensure a smooth application process.
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International students graduating from Canadian institutions should be aware of a recent change to the application process for Post-Graduation Work Permits (PGWPs). Effective immediately, foreign nationals are no longer allowed to apply for a PGWP at any port of entry, including airports, land, or marine borders upon arrival in Canada.

Why Has Canada Implemented This Change?

This new rule aims to address ‘Flagpoling,’ a practice where temporary residents attempt to bypass application wait times by leaving Canada and immediately re-entering to apply for a work or study permit in person.

Flagpoling consumes valuable border resources, causing delays for legitimate travellers and hindering the movement of goods.

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New PGWP Application Process

As of June 21, 2024, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) will no longer process PGWP applications at ports of entry. Foreign nationals seeking a PGWP must now apply either from within Canada or from abroad, provided they meet the eligibility criteria.

This change is part of a broader strategy by the Canadian government to improve efficiency and allocate border resources more effectively.

Understanding Post-Graduation Work Permit

The Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) allows international students who have graduated from eligible Canadian institutions to work in Canada.

The PGWP provides an opportunity for graduates to gain valuable Canadian work experience, which can be a stepping stone to permanent residency. Permits are typically issued for the length of the study program, up to a maximum of three years.

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Must Read: 10 Countries Where International Students Can Easily Obtain Work Permits

How to Apply for a PGWP Now!

There are two options for applying for a PGWP under the new regulations:

From Within Canada

You can apply electronically if your study permit is still valid or if you meet specific requirements at the time of application. Certain applicants may be authorized to work while their PGWP application is processed.

1. Valid Study Permit: Applicants must have a valid study permit or meet other eligibility criteria at the time of application. Those who apply while their study permit is valid may work without a permit until a decision is made.

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2. Application Deadline: Students have 180 days from the completion of their studies to apply for the PGWP.

From Outside Canada

If you no longer qualify to apply from within Canada, you can submit your application electronically for processing abroad. You may remain in Canada as a visitor while your application is processed, but you cannot work during this time.

It’s crucial to apply within the 180-day window post-graduation and to maintain visitor status if staying in Canada. After provisional approval, applicants must leave and re-enter Canada to finalize and receive their work permits.

Must Read: 5 Ways for International Students to Stay in Canada After Graduation

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Maintaining Status is Crucial

Regardless of where you apply, it’s vital to maintain your temporary resident status throughout the process. This may involve extending your study permit or obtaining visitor status if your study permit expires before submitting your PGWP application.

Key Takeaways

  • Applying for a PGWP at a port of entry is no longer possible.
  • Applicants can submit applications electronically from within Canada or outside Canada.
  • Maintaining valid temporary resident status is essential.
  • Working without authorization is not permitted while waiting for a PGWP decision.

For detailed information and eligibility requirements, refer to the official Canadian government resources for immigration, refugees, and citizenship.

Also Read: International Students in Canada Demand Extension of Post-Graduation Work Permits

Conclusion

This policy update reflects Canada’s commitment to refining immigration processes and ensuring efficient border operations. International students and prospective applicants are encouraged to stay informed about the latest regulations to ensure compliance and take full advantage of the opportunities available in Canada.

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Manish Khandelwal
Manish Khandelwal

Manish Khandelwal, a travel-tech enthusiast with over a decade of experience in the travel industry. Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Travelobiz.com, he's passionate about writing.

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