The government has just announced important revisions for foreign graduates and eligible individuals contending for employment and permanent residency in Canada, which is great news for international students navigating immigration in Canada.

In a statement issued on April 22, 2022, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced that post-graduation work permit (PGWP) holders will be eligible for temporary work permits to help cover labour shortages caused by the epidemic. The proposal would make it easier for foreign grads to enter the Canadian labour force in the midst of the country’s record-high inflation.

“Beginning in summer 2022, former foreign students who are in Canada and have a post-graduation work visa that expires between January and December 2022 will be eligible for an extra open work permit of up to 18 months,” according to the statement. “We are looking towards a streamlined, expedited approach for this, and more information will be provided in the coming weeks.”

Along with the news, Immigration Minister Sean Fraser announced the reopening of the Express Entry draw for economic migrants under the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC).

Express Entry is a point-based system that scores qualified candidates for PR status using a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) based on criteria such as education, job experience, language abilities, and other factors.

Due to a mounting backlog of immigration petitions, Express Entry invitations have been temporarily stopped since September of last year. In March 2022, the total number of applications had reached over two million, with candidates fighting for citizenship, permanent residency, study permits, temporary work visas, and guest visas.

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