Many international graduates choose to apply for Post-Graduate Work Permit, which allows them to work in Canada. Post-Graduate Work Permit is an open work permit with a maximum duration of validity of 3 years. Applicants do not need to have job offer at the time of application.International students can only receive one Post-Graduate Work Permit from IRCC in a lifetime.
- Have continuously studied full-time from a recognized learning institution in Canada in a study program at least eight months long
- Study program must lead to a degree, diploma or certificate.
- Apply for a work permit within 180 days of obtaining a transcript and an official letter from the eligible DLI that they have met the requirements of their program;
- Have a valid study permit when applying for the work permit
- Graduated from:
- a public post-secondary institution, such as
- a college
- a trade or technical school
- a university
- CEGEP (in Quebec)
- a private post-secondary school (in Quebec) that operates under the same rules as public schools in Quebec;
- a private secondary or post-secondary school (in Quebec) that offers qualifying programs of 900 hours or longer and results in the issuance of 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 the student was enrolled in a study program that leads to a degree as authorized by the province.
If the applicant’s study permit will expire before he/she gets the marks, he/she can:
- Apply for a visitor record to stay in Canada longer or
- Leave Canada and apply for the PGWP