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International students who complete an eligible Canadian post-secondary program may apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP).

A PGWP allows you to work for any employer of your choice in Canada. You can go on to use this professional work experience to help you with an application for Canadian permanent residence.


What are the PGWP’s Eligibility Requirements?

To be eligible for a Post-Graduation Work Permit, international students must have:

Graduated from:

How Long is a PGWP Valid For?

A PGWP is valid for anywhere between 8 months to 3 years. The actual length depends on the length of your program at a Canadian DLI. IRCC provides the following guidelines on its website:

What is the PGWP’s Application Deadline?

The deadline to apply for the Post-Graduation Work Permit is within 180 days (six months) of obtaining a transcript and an official letter from the eligible DLI confirming that the requirements to complete the program of study have been met.

If the study permit is set to expire before the marks have come in, candidates have two options:

What are the Required Supporting Documents for a PGWP Application?

While program officers may request additional documents, two important documents required at the time of applying are a letter confirming the completion of the program of study and an official transcript by their DLI.