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Canada Ends Flagpoling Service for PGWP Applications

Canada Ends Flagpoling Service for PGWP Applications
Canada Ends Flagpoling Service for PGWP Applications


Attention international students in Canada! If you've been considering flagpoling to fast-track your Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) application, here is an important update you need to know. Canada has announced new measures that prohibit PGWP applications at the border, effective immediately. This change aims to streamline border operations and ensure fair processing for all applicants.


❓ Why This Change Matters

Flagpoling consumes substantial border resources, diverting officers from their enforcement duties, causing traveler delays, and disrupting the flow of goods. Between March 1, 2023, and February 29, 2024, PGWP applicants constituted about 20% of those attempting to flagpole.


The Canadian government is committed to improving in-country application processes and reducing reliance on flagpoling. Enhancements in processing times and a shift towards a more integrated and modernized system are underway to expedite global application processing.


👍 Benefits for All PGWP Applicants

The new policy fosters fairness among applicants and is a proactive step towards minimizing flagpoling. The Canadian government remains dedicated to ensuring that the Canada-US border operates smoothly and efficiently, benefiting both nations.


🗣️ Statements from Leaders

“International graduates significantly contribute to Canada’s labor market, but flagpoling is unnecessary. Processing these applications at the border detracts from the essential role of our officers in safeguarding the safety, security, and prosperity of Canadians and Americans. This measure will help prevent this practice while maintaining the integrity of our immigration system,” said the Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.



📌 Key Facts to Know

  • A study permit generally expires 90 days after an international student completes their program.

  • Graduating students applying online for a PGWP before their study permit expires can work full-time while awaiting permit approval.

  • Flagpoling hours have been reduced at 12 Canadian ports of entry to better manage traveler volume and focus on high-risk travelers and trade facilitation.

  • Recent measures include faster processing times for in-Canada work permit applications, simplified online forms, and allowing workers to start with a new employer immediately while waiting for permit processing.

✨ Conclusion

These changes mark a significant step in maintaining an efficient and secure Canada-US border, ensuring fairness and streamlined processes for all immigration applicants. The Canadian government continues to seek ways to improve the border experience, balancing ease of travel with stringent security measures.


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