The post-graduation work permit allows students who have graduated from a participating Canadian post-secondary institution to gain valuable Canadian work experience. The post-graduation work permit is an open work permit. This means that you can work in any occupation anywhere in Canada, and change employers any time you wish.
Note: Work obtained through the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program may help support your application to become a permanent resident of Canada.
A post-graduation work permit (PGWP) may be valid anywhere between eight months and up to three years. The length of your permit will depend on the length of the study program you completed in Canada. The permit won’t be longer than the length of your study program.
If you graduate from an eight-month certificate program, you could be eligible for an eight-month work permit.
If you graduate from a four-year degree program, you could be eligible for a three-year work permit, if you meet program requirements.
You can apply for a job before you get your post-graduation work permit if you:
How you can apply for a post-graduation work permit (PGWP) depends on where you’re applying from. Most people must apply online for their PGWP.
You have 180 days after your school issues your final marks to apply for a post-graduation work permit.
You must apply on paper if you’re extending or changing the conditions on your PGWP. You can only extend your PGWP if your passport expired earlier than your PGWP validity should have been. You may need to change the conditions on your PGWP if you need to provide an additional document, like a medical exam, after you already applied.
A PGWP is an excellent way to practically apply what you have learned at your educational instition, advance your professional goals and gain Canadian work experience, which you might need to qualify for permanent residence.
You don’t have to wait until you physically receive your diploma or attend your graduation ceremony to apply for a post-graduation work permit (PGWP).
All you need to apply for a PGWP is:
You have 180 days after your school issues your final marks to apply for a post-graduation work permit. To be eligible for a PGWP, your study permit must have been valid at some point during these 180 days.
You can work full-time while waiting for a decision on your post-graduation work permit application if, at the time you submitted your application, you:
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