Requirements For The Post-Graduation Work Permit

Requirements For The Post-Graduation Work Permit

With the Post-Graduation Work Permit, international students who have graduated from accredited Canadian designated educational institutions can apply for an open work permit in order to acquire valuable work experience in Canada.


Through the PGWPP, skilled Canadian work experience in the national occupational code (NOC) A, O, or B increases graduates’ chances of qualifying for Canada PR through the Express Entry pool’s Canadian experience class.


Determining the Duration of the Post-Graduation Work Permit

The applicant’s international passport validity date may not extend the duration of the permit. In the Global Case Management System, the visa officer would note the reason in the “Notes” box if the applicant’s international passport expired prior to the post-graduation work permit’s validity period.


If the applicant for a post-graduation work permit has their international passport renewed or replaced, they can apply for an extension to keep their PGWP in full force.


A PGWP cannot be extended if the applicant’s international passport has reached its expiration date and the length of the work permit could not be provided at the time of the application.



Requirements for the Post-Graduation Work Permit

To be eligible to submit an application, you must meet the following requirements:


A post-graduation work permit can only be obtained once by applicants.


The applicant must either have left Canada or be in a valid temporary status at the time they apply for a PGWP. He or she must have graduated from a designated learning institution (DLI) that is eligible. In addition, they must provide clear evidence that they meet the following requirements:

  • They have completed an academic, professional or vocational training program at an eligible higher institution in Canada that is at least Eight (8) months in length leading to a diploma, degree, or certificate.
  • They have also maintained full-time student status in Canada every academic semester or programs of study, they have concluded and submitted as part of their¬†PGWP application. However, exceptions can only be made for the following:
    leave from studies
    final academic session
  • They have obtained a transcript and/or an official letter from the eligible learning institution confirming that they have fulfilled the conditions to complete their academics.
    Note: The transcript and official letter must be added as part of the post-graduation work permit application process.
  • Within 180 days of the date of applying for the PGWP, applicants must also meet one of the following requirements:
    • They must hold a valid study permit.
    • They held a study permit.
    • They hold a valid visitor status.
    • They were officially given the approval to study in Canada without the condition to obtain a study permit under paragraphs 188(1)(a) and (b) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations act.

    Important Notice: If you plan to complete more than 1 degree/diploma/certificate in Canada, think about it more carefully when it would be most strategic to take advantage of this one-time opportunity


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