Post-Graduate Work Permit (PGWP)

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What is the Post Graduate Work 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 Work Permit Program?

  • Have valid Study Permit, Visitors Record, or

  • Have implied status (already extend your status before it expired, and no decision has been made on your application)

  • 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)

Document requirements:

  • an official letter from your school that confirms you’ve completed your study program, and
  • an official transcript, or a copy of your transcript from your school’s website.

How long is a post-graduation work permit valid?

A post-graduation work permit (PGWP) can be valid for eight months to three years. The length of your permit will be determined by the length of your study program in Canada. The term of the permit will not exceed the length of your study program.

If your study program was less than 8 months

  • You are not valid for a Post-Graduate Work Permit.

If your study program was at least 8 months, but less than 2 years

  • You may be granted a PGWP that’s valid for up to the same length as your study program.

If your program was 2 years or more

  • Your Post-Graduate Work Permit will be valid for up to 3 years

If you completed more than 1 program

Each of the programs you completed must be

  • PGWP-eligible
  • at least 8 months in length

a PGWP that is valid for the study program lengths combined.

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