Post-Graduation Work Permit Program in Canada

We support applications under the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program in Canada

The Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWP) issues work permits to foreign post-secondary students who wish to remain temporarily in Canada after graduation to work in their field of study.

Work permits issued under the PGWP program can be valid for the length of the study program, up to a maximum of three years. The study program must be at least for 8 months.

Delivered by: Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC)

Eligibility Information

Students who wish to obtain a work permit valid for one year or less must meet the following criteria:

  • have studied full time for at least eight months prior to the completion of their program of study
  • have graduated from a public post-secondary institution, or from a private post-secondary institution approved by CIC
  • have received a valid job offer from an employer for a position in their field of study
  • have a valid study permit when applying for the work permit

Other criteria may apply.

Students who wish to obtain a work permit valid for up to two years must also meet the following criteria:

  • have graduated from an institution outside the greater Montréal, Toronto or Vancouver areas
  • have received a job offer for a position outside these areas
  • have successfully completed a program of at least two years of full-time studies

Other criteria may apply

Note: While a student must have been studying fulltime 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 fulltime 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 fulltime, the student may still apply for the Post-Graduate Work Permit Program

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