Post-Graduate Work Permit (PGWP)

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What is the Post Graduate Worker Permit Program?

A Post Graduate Work Permit (PGWP) is for international students who are currently in possession of a valid study permit and are about to graduate from their post-secondary institution. This program allows graduating students to obtain an open work permit to gain valuable Canadian work experience after their graduation. PGWPs are usually valid for eight months to three years and is a great pathway to eventually become eligible for Permanent Residence. It is important to note that applicants can only receive a post-graduation work permit only once in their lifetime.

What are the requirements of a Post Graduate Worker Permit Program?

  • Valid Study Permit, Visitors Record
  • Application must be made within 6 months after acquiring degree, diploma, certificate, transcript, or an official letter from the designation learning institution confirming graduation
  • The completed academic program must be full-time and minimum 8 months long
  • Have previously been issued a post-graduation work permit
  • Have participated and or received funding from Global Affairs Canada (GAC)
  • Obtained the Equal Opportunity Scholarship, Canada–Chile
  • Participated in the Canada–China Scholars’ Exchange Program
  • Participated in the Organization of American States Fellowships Program
  • Completed the majority of the credits of their program through distance learning
  • Completed a program of study through non Designated Learning Institution (DLI)


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