Canada Extends Interim Work Authorization Duration for International Graduates

By Vijay Lala


Ottawa, Canada – IRCC has extended the validity period of interim work authorization letters for international graduates. This decision is set to significantly ease the transition for those awaiting the outcome of their Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) applications.

The revised policy increases the validity of interim work authorization letters from 120 to 180 days. These letters are crucial for graduates looking to enter the Canadian workforce immediately after their studies but are caught in the waiting period for their PGWP application to be processed.

Interim work authorization letters are automatically generated documents that appear in the applicants’ GCKey accounts once they apply for the PGWP. The letter grants them permission to start working in Canada for a specified period or until a decision is reached regarding their PGWP application. This temporary authorization is pivotal for graduates, enabling them to gain practical work experience and contribute to the Canadian economy without delay.

The policy update comes as a response to the burgeoning processing times for PGWP applications, which have recently exceeded four months. The extended interim work authorization aims to mitigate the challenges posed by these delays, ensuring that international graduates can seamlessly transition to the Canadian workforce.

By Vijay Lala

Vijay Lala is the founder and editor-in-chief of Dual master's degrees in Political Science and Economics, along with a decade of Canadian immigration research experience, have equipped him with a comprehensive understanding of the complexities of immigration law, policy research, and settlement issues. Linkedin  Twitter

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