Interim Work Authorization For PGWP Holders: IRCC is sending out an email beginning of April 3, 2023 to notify PGWP holders that they have been permitted to work temporarily in Canada under a temporary governmental policy.
International students with post-graduation work permit (PGWP) that has expired or will expire between September 20, 2021 and December 31, 2023 are eligible for interim work authorization.
PGWP holders receiving this email for interim work authorization can show this email to their employers as a proof of work authorization in Canada until May 31, 2024.
It is important to note that these PGWP holders will get an 18-month extension; although, interim work authorization is only until May 31, 2024.
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Interim Work Authorization Eligibility
PGWP holders receiving the email for interim work permission must be residing in Canada.
The PGWP must have expired or be scheduled to expire between September 20, 2021 and December 31, 2023.
To get a new work permit under the 2023 public policy for international students with expired or expiring PGWPs, eligible PGWP holders must either “opt-in” to the 2023 streamlined procedure or
submit a new work permit application under the 2023 public policy if they are not eligible for “opt-in” option.
IRCC will be sending emails until April 6 to let eligible PGWP holder know if they qualify for the opt-in option.
If your work permit expires or you do not get an opt-in email from IRCC before April 6, 2023, you will be notified.
It should be noted that these PGWP holders will receive an 18-month extension; nonetheless, temporary work authorization is only valid until May 31, 2024.
How to use interim work authorization email?
Print interim work authorization, attach it to your expired PGWP, and show it to your employer as proof that you are authorized to work in Canada.
If your employer has any queries regarding this email, show them the IRCC webpage.
What if your PGWP expires while you are outside Canada and received interim work authorization email?
You are not permitted to use the interim work authorization email to travel to Canada and begin working.
However, if you are eligible, you can still apply for a new open work permit for up to 18 months and return to Canada if it is accepted.