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Post Graduate Work Permit

A Post Graduate Work Permit is an open work permit that is issued to graduates from a Designated Learning Institution. This permit is issued only once in a lifetime for each applicant and not all the graduates from the Designated Learning Institution are eligible for the work permit in this category. The applicant must fulfill the following requirements if they wish to be considered for the Post Graduate Work Permit and they would be eligible if they:

  • Are 18 or older on the day of application;
  • Have graduated from a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) and continuously studied full-time in Canada in a PGWP approved study program at least eight months long;
  • Have a document from their school (transcript, official letter, certificate, etc.) that confirms all program requirements are met;
  • Apply for a work permit within 90 days of when it was confirmed that they completed their program of study;
  • Have a valid study permit when they apply for the work permit.

The international students are not eligible for a work permit under this category if they:

  • Studied in a program that was less than eight months long;
  • Studied for more than eight months but not continuously i.e. took an unscheduled break between study program;
  • Completed a study program by distance learning either from abroad or from within Canada;
  • Already had a post-graduation work permit following any other program of study;
  • Received funding or scholarship in a Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship Program, Government of Canada Awards Program funded by Global Affairs Canada (GAC) or Canadian International Development Agency;
  • Took part in the Equal Opportunity Scholarship, Canada-Chile, or the Canada-China Scholars Exchanges Program or the Organization of American States Fellowships Program.