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Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP)

Students who have completed their program of study are allowed to work “”(under paragraph 186(w) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations [IRPR]) while they are waiting for a decision on their post-graduation work permit application, provided they meet all of the following criteria:

You are or were holders of a valid study permit
You were a full-time student enrolled at a DLI in a post-secondary academic, vocational or professional training program
You were authorized to work off-campus without a work permit
You did not exceed the allowable hours of work

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The post-graduation work permit allows students who have graduated from a participating Canadian post-secondary institution to gain valuable Canadian work experience.

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.

The fee for a post-graduation work permit is CDN$155; however, you must also pay the CDN$100.00 “Open Work Permit Holder” fee.

Yes, but only if you:

were a full-time student at a designated learning institution (DLI) in a post-secondary academic, vocational or professional training program,
already completed your program of study, and
didn't exceed the number of hours you could work on and off-campus.

FAQ (Frequently Ask Question)

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.

To qualify for a post-graduation work permit, you must have graduated from a public institution or a recognized degree program at a private institution. These institutions may include a university, college or a Collège d'enseignement général et professionnel.

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

an official letter from your school that confirms you’ve completed your study program, and
an official transcript, or a copy of your transcript from your school’s website.
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:

had a valid study permit,
had completed your program of study,
were eligible to work off-campus without a permit, and
did not work off-campus more than 20 hours a week during academic sessions.

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