Post Graduate Work Permit (Detailed Guide)

Post Graduate Work Permit (Detailed Guide)

A post-graduation work permit (PGWP) is a program that allows International students who have studied in designated learning institutions and living in Canada to continue to live and work in Canada for a specific period.

Post-Graduation Work Permits (PGWPs) are a type of open-world permit that allows work permit holders to work with any employer, without restrictions on the number of hours, and across any location in Canada. These permits, ranging from 8 months to 3 years in validity, serve as a valuable part of acquiring significant Canadian work experience, subsequently enhancing the chances of obtaining permanent residence in the country.

Quick Overview of Post-graduation work permit

  • Post-graduation work permits (PGWPs) validity can range from 8 months to 3 years depending on the years of education you have completed.
  • The PGWP duration and validity cannot be extended.
  • Generally, the PGWP aligns with the period of study, capped at a maximum of three years.
  • Eligibility for a PGWP matching program duration is based on having over 50% of classes conducted in person.
  • If studying part-time or completing an accelerated program, the PGWP duration corresponds to the full-time program length.

Who is eligible for a PGWP?

Eligibility Criteria for PGWP:

Age Requirement: Must be at least 18 years old.

Study Duration: Must have studied full-time in Canada in a program lasting a minimum of 8 months.

Designated Learning Institution (DLI): The study program must be completed at a DLI in one of the specified program types.

Application Timing: Must apply for the PGWP within 180 days of completing the study program.

Application Conditions:

Valid Status: If applying from within Canada, the applicant must have valid status at the time of application.

Expired Study Permit: If the study permit has expired or will expire, applicants may apply for visitor status before PGWP application.

Immediate Work Eligibility: Applicants applying for PGWP before study permit expiration can work full-time while the application is being processed.

Overseas Application: It’s possible to apply for a PGWP from overseas.

Length of PGWP

If the applicant program was 2 years or more – You get a work permit of 3 years.

If the applicant program was 8 months or 1 year – You get a Work permit of 1 year.

How to Apply for PGWP?

If you have completed your study, this is the process to apply for PGWP.

To apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) in Canada, follow these general steps:

Step1: Check Eligibility

Ensure you meet the eligibility criteria, including having completed a full-time program of study in Canada lasting at least 8 months at a Designated Learning Institution (DLI).

Step 2: Prepare Documents

Gather the required documents, including a valid passport, a copy of your study permit, a letter of completion from your educational institution, and any other supporting documents.

Step 3: Apply Online

Submit your PGWP application online through the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website. Create an online account and follow the instructions provided.

Step 4: Pay Fees

Pay the required application fee online using the accepted payment methods.

Step 5: Wait for Processing

Wait for your application to be processed. Processing times can vary, so check the current estimates on the IRCC website.

Step 6: Receive Decision

Once a decision is made, you will be notified of the outcome. If approved, you will receive your PGWP.

Step 7: Start Working

If you applied before the expiration of your study permit, you can start working full-time immediately while your PGWP application is being processed.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I start working after applying for PGWP?

Yes, if you applied for a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) before your study permit expires, you can start working full-time once you have applied for PGWP and received confirmation of applications and while your PGWP application is being processed.

Can I get PGWP more than once?

No, you cannot obtain a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) more than once after completing different study programs. If you have issued one PGWP, and you have used its validity you won’t be eligible PGWP again.

Can PGWP help get Canadian PR?

Yes, a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) can significantly enhance your chances of obtaining Canadian Permanent Residency (PR).

The work experience gained through a PGWP is valuable for immigration programs like the:

Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs)

The Express Entry system

It contributes to your overall eligibility and points for PR.

How long is the PGWP valid?

The duration of the PGWP depends on the length of the program completed, with a minimum validity of 8 months and a maximum of 3 years.

Can I leave and re-enter Canada while on a PGWP?

Yes, PGWP holders can leave and re-enter Canada during the validity of their permit. But make sure you can’t do it in applied status, you must obtain work permit before leaving and entering Canada.

Can I apply for permanent residency with a PGWP?

Yes, but the work permit itself won’t help you get permanent residency in Canada, you may have to apply under one of the permanent residency streams in Canada.

What happens if I don’t apply for a PGWP within the specified timeframe?

If you do not apply for a PGWP within 180 days of completing your program, you may lose the opportunity to obtain this work permit. You might have to take studies again and apply for work permit again.


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