Minister Sean Fraser announced new IRCC policy on April 22, 2022. This new IRCC temporary policy will allow former international students with expiring post-graduation work permits (PGWP) between January 31, 2022 and December 31, 2022 to qualify for an additional open work permit of up to 18 months. Details of this new policy will be made public in upcoming weeks.
We welcome this new policy from IRCC, but this new policy still excludes many international graduates with expired PGWPs. These are international graduates who have their PGWP expired between September 15, 2021 to January 30, 2022. Additionally, they were not able to transition to PR because of no CEC draw since then.
One of such international graduate (name not disclosed) reached out to INC. “I am CEC applicant with CRS score of 484 sitting in EE pool with expired work permit on Dec 17, 2021 waiting for draws and yet not in favour of today’s announcement. I am raising voice on behalf of all applicants like me. Please helps us consider for the the new policy of 18 month PGWP Extension.”
“I have come across a lot of international graduates roughly between 500 – 1000 across social media platforms who were waiting eagerly for this announcement, but ended in disappointment.” She added. Furthermore, she said “Even resumption of CEC draws in early July will have high cut off score, so at least we should have been included in this new temporary public policy.”
As per IRCC press release, “we anticipate as many as 50,000 applicants could benefit from this temporary measure.” So, we believe there is no point of leaving initially affected international graduates. For IRCC, it wouldn’t matter if it’s 50,000 or 55,000. However, it will be a big relief for international graduates in limbo.
From our platform and with this article, we request IRCC Minister Honourable Sean Fraser to include the PGWPs expired between September 2021 and January 30, 2022 in new temporary public policy. We also urge our readers to amplify our voice by sharing this to show their support in favour of our request.
We sent following message to Minister Fraser’s office. To amplify our voice, we urge affected international graduates to share this article to maximum and send him your message with decency. So, that he knows how many are excluded by this new temporary public policy. To contact Minister’s office via form or call, click here. Let’s reach out to his offices by call and form to get above mentioned international graduates new temporary public policy.