PGWP (Post Graduate Work Permits)
a) Eligibility Criteria
- have studied full-time for the eight months preceding the completion of their program (please see note below) and must have graduated from one of the following:
- a public post-secondary educational institution (university, college, or CEGEP)
- a private post-secondary educational institution that operates under the same rules and regulations as public institutions, and receives at least 50 per cent of its financing for operations from government grants
- a Canadian private educational institution authorized by provincial or territorial statute to confer degrees
- apply for a work permit within 90 days of receiving written confirmation from their academic institution that they have met the requirements of their program.
- have completed and passed the program of study and received written notification that they are eligible to obtain their degree, diploma, or certificate
- have a valid study permit when applying for the work permit
b) Potential applicants should note that:
- The program of study must be a minimum of two years for the graduate to obtain the three-year work permit. However, if the program was less than two years but longer than eight months, the graduate can still obtain a work permit for the same duration as the program of study. In cases where a student has obtained a one-year degree or diploma from an accredited educational institution within two years of having successfully completed a previous accredited Canadian post-secondary degree or diploma, he or she may qualify for a three-year open work permit
- While a student must have been studying full time in the eight months preceding the date of application for an open work permit, an exception is made in the case where a student fulfills all the requirements except full time study in the last session of their program. For example, if a student only needs two courses in the final session to complete the program but all previous study has been full time, the student may still apply for the Post-Graduate Work Permit Program.
c). Find out if your school and / or program is eligible for a PGWP
- Completed a study program:
- at a designated learning institution
- that was at least 8 months long and
- that led to a degree, diploma or certificate
- Maintained full-time status as a student in Canada during each semester of your study program (except your final semester, which can be part-time, or if you took a leave from studies)
- Graduated from a:
- Public post-secondary school, such as a college, trade/technical school, university, or CEGEP (in Quebec), or
- Private post-secondary school (in Quebec) that operates under the same rules as public schools in Quebec, or
- Private secondary or post-secondary school (in Quebec) that offers qualifying programs of 900 hours or longer, that leads to a diplôme d’études professionnelles (DEP) or an attestation de spécialisation professionnelle (ASP), or
- Canadian private school that can award degrees under provincial law (for example, Associate, Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctorate degree) but only if you’re enrolled in a study program that leads to a degree as authorized by the province.
d). Applying for a post-graduation work permit
e). You are not eligible for the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program if you:
- Already received a post-graduation work permit
- Studied English or French as a second language
- Took general interest or self-improvement courses
- Participated in the Government of Canada Awards Program funded by Global Affairs Canada (GAC)
- Had funding from GAC
- Got the Equal Opportunity Scholarship, Canada-Chile
- Participated in the Canada-China Scholars Exchanges Program
- Participated in the Organization of American States Fellowships Program
- Completed most of a study program by distance learning (online courses, e-learning or correspondence)
- Completed a study program at a non-Canadian institution located in Canada
- Contact us for more information about the Post Graduate Work Permit or for assistance in applying for a work permit/ study permit
f) Does the length of my studies in Canada affect the length of the work permit?
- If you studied for less than eight months
- you are not eligible for this program.
- If you studied less than two years but more than eight months
- you may get a work permit for a period no longer than the length of time you studied (for example, if you studied for nine months, a work permit may be issued for a period of nine months).
- If you studied for two years or more
- a work permit may be issued for three years. (The validity period of your work permit cannot exceed that of your passport. Therefore, you should ensure that your passport’s validity exceeds the amount of time you are requesting on your application.)