Interim work authorization for some current and former post-graduation work permit holders
Wednesday, August 3, 2022
During the week of August 8, we’ll send you an email to let you know that you’re allowed to work temporarily in Canada under the Temporary public policy to facilitate the issuance of an open work permit to certain former or current post-graduation work permit holders. This applies to you if your post-graduation work permit (PGWP) has expired or will expire between September 20, 2021, and December 31, 2022.

If you’re not sure if you should apply or wait for us to email you, answer a few questions to find out how to get your open work permit.

You can show this email to employers to prove that you can work in Canada until May 31, 2023, while you wait for a new open work permit for current and former PGWP holders.

Who can use this email to work temporarily

You must be in Canada when you receive the email.
Your PGWP must have expired or be expiring between September 20, 2021, and December 31, 2022.

How to use this email

Print and attach this email to your expired PGWP and show it to your employer as proof that you can work in Canada. If your employer has questions about this email, show them this web page.

Who you can work for

This email allows you to work under the same conditions that are listed on your PGWP.

If you’re outside Canada

You cannot use this email to travel to Canada and start working. However, you can still apply for a new open work permit of up to 18 months, if you’re eligible, and return to Canada if it is approved.

If you don’t get a new open work permit

The purpose of this email is to allow you to start working right away while you apply and wait for your application to be processed. By the time your email expires, you should have a decision on your work permit application.