How International Graduates Can Benefit from Canada’s New PGWP Policy | Swift Immigration Solutions Inc.


As Canada continues to experience economic growth, there has been a rising demand for highly-skilled and talented workers to fill various labour market shortages. In light of this, the Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, recently announced that foreign nationals with expired or expiring post-graduation work permits (PGWPs) will now be eligible for an additional or extended work permit for up to 18 months.

  • The new policy allows international graduates with a recently expired or expiring PGWP to apply for an additional or extended work permit to stay longer and gain additional work experience for up to 18 months.
  • The recent announcement by the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Sean Fraser, regarding the Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) program is a significant development for international graduates who are already in Canada or planning to come to Canada for studies.
  • This is good news for international graduates who want to continue working in Canada and gain valuable work experience that can lead to permanent residency in Canada.

As a reputable immigration consulting firm, Swift Immigration Solutions Inc is thrilled to hear about this recent development. Our team of experienced professionals understands that PGWPs play an important role in allowing international graduates to obtain Canadian work experience. This experience often leads to permanent residency opportunities, as tens of thousands of graduates transition to permanent residency each year. With this new policy in place, we can help our clients apply for an open work permit and guide them through the process of restoring their status, even if they are beyond the 90-day restoration period.

At Swift Immigration Solutions Inc, we offer a wide range of services to assist our clients with post-graduation work permit applications, including extensions and renewals. We are dedicated to helping international graduates achieve their career goals and make the most of their time in Canada. Our team is committed to staying up-to-date with the latest developments in immigration law, ensuring that our clients receive accurate and reliable advice.

This is an excellent opportunity for international graduates who are interested in gaining more work experience and contributing to the Canadian economy. We encourage our clients and those interested in our services to log into their online IRCC Secure Account starting April 6, 2023, to opt in and update key personal information. We will also be providing instructions on how to apply for the extended or additional work permit on our website in the weeks ahead.

In conclusion, Swift Immigration Solutions Inc is excited about this new development that will allow international graduates to gain valuable work experience in Canada. Our team is ready to provide guidance and support to clients seeking to apply for an open work permit and take advantage of this opportunity. Contact us today to learn more about our post-graduation work permit services and how we can help you achieve your career goals in Canada.

Major change in the National Occupation Classification (NOC) system


Also referred at NOC 2021 version 1.0 , this new classification replaces the skill level O, A, B that we have been using in immigration. The new categorization is based on these 4 pillars Training, Education, Experience and Responsibilities ( TEER). These changes are in full effect and will have impacts on people applying for Express Entry, PNP or other immigration programs.

The National Occupational Classification (NOC) Canada is a classification of occupations designed to analyze and communicate information about occupations. The last major change to the NOC was done in 2011.

 What  are the changes to look out for?

  • The five-category skill level O,A,B,C,D is being replaced with a six-category system TEER 0 through TEER 5
  • The 4-digit occupation codes as we knew them will now be 5-digit codes.
  • New occupations eligible for Canada Immigration

TEER categories and occupations

new NOC classification


How to transition from NOC to TEER

Skill level 0 is replaced by TEER 0

Skill level A is replaced by TEER 1

Skill level B is replaced by TEER 2 and TEER 3

Skill level C is replaced by TEER 4

Skill level D is replaced by TEER 5

Let’s take a look back at the skill levels O,A,B


What is the impact for Immigration

Those who have received an ITA before November 16th must use the NOC system to apply for Express Entry. Whoever got an ITA after November 16th must use the NOC 2021 classification when submitting their application.

Because of the new categorization, 16 new occupations are now eligible to apply for Express Entry

  • Payroll administrators
  • Dental assistants and dental laboratory assistants
  • Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates
  • Pharmacy technical assistants and pharmacy assistants
  • Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants
  • Sheriffs and bailiffs
  • Correctional service officers
  • By-law enforcement and other regulatory officers
  • Estheticians, electrologists and related occupations
  • Residential and commercial installers and servicers
  • Pest controllers and fumigators
  • Other repairers and servicers
  • Transport truck drivers
  • Bus drivers, subway operators and other transit operators
  • Heavy equipment operators
  • Aircraft assemblers and aircraft assembly inspectors

“Using the new NOC categories will allow Canada to bring in global talent in high-demand sectors like health care, construction, and transportation.” Source:

If you are still unsure about where to get started with your Express Entry application, book a consultation with our immigration consultant Neerja Bhandari.


TR to PR – Canada immigration to reveal new details about the program

TR to PR

Short for the temporary residents to permanent residents (TR To PR), this program first introduced in 2021 is a way for Canada to keep temporary workers already in Canada and give them access to permanent residency.

Recently, the Canadian immigration minister Mr. Sean Fraser announced the government’s engagement in continuing this program to help create faster pathways to the permanent residents for temporary workers. Further details about the program will be given on September 2020.

A recap of TR to PR in 2021

On April 2021, IRCC announced the temporary resident to permanent resident pathway (TR to PR pathway). This new program allowed over 90 000 people from essential workers to recent graduates to apply for permanent residency.  Below are the different streams available in this pathway

Workers in Canada: health care 20 000
Workers in Canada: essential, non-healthcare 30 000
Recent international graduates from a Canadian institution 40 000
French-speaking workers in Canada: health care Unlimited
French-speaking workers in Canada: essential, non-healthcare Unlimited
French-speaking recent international graduates from a Canadian institution Unlimited

Only the recent international graduate stream has been filled out. However, The Pathway closed on November 5th, 2021 and no more applications are being accepted

To know more about the TR to PR pathway visit the government of Canada’s website for eligibility.

What to expect from the new TR to PR in 2022

  • More streams targeting temporary workers
  • Streams for international students
  • The new program will become permanent with no cap on the number of applicants
  • Education will be prevailed

The parliament has mandated Mr. Sean Fraser to come up with a new program on permanent residency for foreign temporary workers and international students, which was first supposed to be revealed on September 8th. The date has been pushed to September 20th, and we can’t wait to hear about this new pathway.

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